When I point out in the Series Preview that a particular opposing player has been struggling mightily of late, you can take it to the bank that the guy will dominate. Today, “the guy” was Jair Jurrjens.

At least the Cubs’ pitching was also good. Ryan Dempster threw what seems like his 10th straight bare-minimum quality start (6 IP, 3ER), and the bullpen was brilliant. But the Braves’ pitching was better.

Well, and there was this…

  • bazfan1234

    Byrd and Soriano are awful with runners on base, but what’s new.

  • Jeff

    Holy crap are the Braves deep with pitching talent. They just seem to promote superior pitchers in waves. I am very jealous of their talent.

    I haven’t heard much in a while; anyone who comments here regularly still active in the Bleacher Nation fantasy baseball leagues? The season’s almost over, and I haven’t heard anything about how the other (first) league is doing.

    • Dan0mite

      I haven’t checked my team or the league in a long time. This was my first time doing it and will possibly be my last. I just got really bored with it. Simply not my thing.

    • TWC

      Funny you should ask, Jeff. I’ve recently been having this recurring fantasy where I’m naked, riding a horse through a meadow, when out of the sky falls the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen. Quickly, I … oh, wait, what? You were talking about fantasy *baseball*? Oh. Damn. Well, yeah, I’ve got nothing more to say here.

  • Ol’CharlieBrown

    They’ve still got it lol! That reminds me of something you wrote in the summary for an EBS right around this time last season.

    “Imagine a dog. A loyal, friendly dog. As soon as you come home from work, there he is to greet you, day after day. He’s reliable and predictable like that.

    But each time, you look down and can’t help but notice that he’s only got three legs. I mean, he’s still a nice guy, and you love him. He’s just predictable and three-legged.

    That’s the 2010 Chicago Cubs.”

    It still applies so well this season by simply replacing the 2010 with 2011. I thought it was classic and I always think of it when the Cubs lose a game like tonight’s.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Thanks, Charlie. I had forgotten about that, but it definitely still applies.

  • ry

    oh how i cannot wait until quade and soriano are finally off this team. byrd sucks too, when was the last time he actually got a meaningful hit?

  • willis

    That was frustrating. Especially from Soriano. Twice up in critical moments twice can do nothing. Nice “power” er “rbi” er “popper upper” we have there. He’s getting worse and worse yet seems to be in there every day. It’s painful to watch his at bats.

    Thing is, you can’t fall behind against the Braves. Once you do, it’s game over. Their arms are incredible.