Day: September 29, 2017

Dusty rehash unneeded Cubs-Nats distraction in NLDS

Dusty Baker would not be human without time-tripping to his Cubs days during the NLDS. Photo credit Keith Allison, https://www.flickr.com/photos/keithallison/

Dusty Baker would not be human without time-tripping to his Cubs days during the NLDS. Photo credit Keith Allison.

By on September 29, 2017

The upcoming National League Division Series between the Cubs and the Washington Nationals should be the crown jewel of the postseason.

Young stars like Las Vegas natives and youth-baseball contemporaries Kris Bryant and Bryce Harper will duel each other as former MVPs. Will a Madduxian craftsman like Kyle Hendricks be able to outpitch super-stuff practitioners like Max Scherzer or Stephen Strasburg? Wade Davis was 98 percent automatic in the regular season, and needs to continue that mojo without interruption.

And all must be done quickly, as the five-game series is the playoffs’ cruelest round with its abrupt elimination factor.

Too bad some unfinished Cubs business from 2003-04 will provide a sideshow: the Nationals’ Dusty Baker managing against the team he elevated, and then supposedly allowed to disintegrate.

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