Yeah, this is baseball 101, but I usually require a little extra explanation so, you know, if for nobody else I'll do this for me.
And while he clearly hated re-hashing the flop vs. the Dodgers, it came up in his answer.
Dodger pitching got real comfy facing all the Cub rightys and shut 'em down.
So, I was thinking that okay, now we've got the lefty bats and they'll get the hits the rightys couldn't, right?
I think this is more about the righty bats getting hits.
And the one that stood out the most to me was Alfonso Soriano.
The one with the 8 year 136 million dollar contract.
The one with 3 hits and 8 strikeouts in 28 at bats during the last two post seasons.
And also the one who, if he gets hot, carries the team to glory.
Lou explained (and of course this is over-simplified) that when you have a bunch of righty bats, the opposing pitchers get super comfy throwing to the same spot again and again, and their chances of throwing mistakes goes down.
When you disrupt that with some lefty bats, the pitcher has to be alot "finer" with his location and throw at opposite ends of the plate, and the chances of mistakes goes up.
Now, we all watched Alfonso flail at the ball in the dirt way outside and off the plate.
But I've also seen him golf some of those outside pitches out of the park.
I figure at least some of those that went out were mistakes.
So if Lou and Jim have figured out a way to get more mistakes thrown at Alfonso, well that's brilliant.
And of course D Lee, Aramis, Geo should all benefit from this too.
Sorry if this was just so common sense that it was stupid to put on paper.
Even though I was an all-star center fielder for ARA Bi-State Mobile Refrigeration Co. in the Belleville Illinios City League when I was 12 which makes me, you know, quite a baseball expert, really I'm just a beer drinking slob who can draw.
Okay, it's SUPER BUSY at work so if I fall behind well, I fall behind.
But I'm going to try and figure out a "Happy Pitchers and Catchers Report Day" card for you all to print out and send to your fellow Cub Fans instead of a "Happy Valentine's Day" card since they both happen on the same day.
And if you don't think "Happy Pitchers and Catchers Report Day" is about love, well, I won't be able to explain that one to you.