HBT’s Division Series Preview Extravaganza

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In case you missed it yesterday, we ran our previews for all four division series. To wit:

ALDS: Tigers vs. Yankees
ALDS: Rays vs. Rangers
NLDS: Cardinals vs. Phillies
NLDS: Diamondbacks vs. Brewers

Also, if you’re not into the whole “reading” thing, Sports Illustrated’s Joe Sheehan and I were on NBC SportsTalk last night and gave our breakdowns of each series, which you can see in the video clips below.  Before you watch ’em though, don’t give Sheehan any crap for his Cardinals thing: I’m pretty sure he thinks the Phillies will win that series. We were just trying to say, if the other team was going to win, how they might do it.

Normally I wouldn’t have to say that, but I’d hate to give Phillies fans a case of the vapors over someone appearing to disrespect their guys.

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We now have photographic proof that Tom Ricketts and Ted Cruz are different people

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A lot of people think they have a double walking around someplace on Earth. They may actually be right. We have an example of this in baseball and politics.

Cubs owner Tom Ricketts looks a lot like Texas senator Ted Cruz. Or, since Ricketts is older, I guess Cruz looks like Ricketts. Either way, they could play brothers if someone put on, like, the worst ever production of some play about brothers.

If you’re not familiar with one or both of those guys, take a gander at the photo that was taken of the two of them in Washington this morning as the Cubs made the rounds with their World Series trophy:

If they put those rings together, Tom can turn into any animal and Ted can turn into anything made out of water. True story.

 

Anthony Rizzo calls out Miguel Montero for calling out Jake Arreita

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The morning we posted about Miguel Montero calling out his pitcher, Jake Arrieta, for allowing the Nationals to steal seven bases last night. Our view, of course, was that (a) it wasn’t all Arrieta’s fault; and (b) even if it was, publicly calling out your teammates like that is probably not a great idea and certainly isn’t a good look.

When I saw Montero’s comments I assumed that they would not play well in the Cubs’ clubhouse. I was right about that. Anthony Rizzo appeared on ESPN 1000 in Chicago this morning and had this to say:

Referring to Willson Contreras, of course, who has allowed 31 stolen bases to opponents while behind the dish. Coincidentally, Montero has allowed 31 stolen bases when he has played as well. Contreras has played in 24 more games than Montero, by the way.

I predict that, by around 3pm when the clubhouses open, we’ll see a public apology by Montero.