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vs. Ohio State
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
The Varsity Arena


Blue vs. White
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Arena

The Michigan Daily Wednesday, October 4, 1989 Page 9

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Here it is, one last time: The Chicago Cubs are N.L. East Champs for
1989. Enough said. However, the San Francisco Giants, champions of the
Western Division, will win the National League pennant. They've been in
first place since June, and are poised for the club's first World Series
appearance since 1962.
The Giants boast the league's best offensive threat in Kevin Mitchell.
Mitchell led the league in HRs, RBIs, and slugging percentage. He can also
claim the year's best defensive play, a bare-handed snag referred to as "The
Catch II" by local 49ers fans.
Mitchell's only competition for league MVP honors is teammate Will
Clark. Although he lost the batting title, his .333 mark makes him the first
Giant to hit over .320 since Hall-of-Famer Willie McCovey in 1969.
San Francisco is not a mere two-man show, however. Giant manager
Roger Craig has compared his '89 team to the 1984 Detroit Tigers (on
which he served as pitching coach), in that they have a different hero every
night. The supporting cast includes Matt Williams, Brett Butler, and Terry
Kennedy. Not all of them are stars in their own right, but under Craig's
leadership, they helped the Giants to a division title.
WITH CRAIG, father of the split-fingered fastball, in the dugout, you
know that pitching will be key to the Giants' success. Rick Reuschel won
17 games, and Scott Garrelts, who made the successful transition from the
bullpen, won 14, while compiling a league-leading ERA of 2.28.
All in all, the Giants can rest easy knowing the World Series awaits
them. Although Chicago has far exceeded anyone's expectations, it's
obvious that the jig is up. It's better this way, trust me.
Do we really want the Cubs in the World Series? Think about it. Right
Guard commercials with Mitch Williams. Don Zimmer's dieting tips. Harry
Caray, who looks like Larry "Bud" Melman with a microphone, leading us
in a rousing chorus of "Amazing Grace?" No, no. This is all wrong.
Chicago will lose the pennant in six games. They have to. Whatever
happened to tradition? If we let the Cubs win, then what? Next thing you
k:now, the Harlem Globetrotters will drop a basketball game.
Not to worry, however. It just won't happen. The Giants are too tough.
All you Cub lovers can just pack away your "Wild Thing" 45s, and find
something more productive to do. I hear the Bears are doing well.

Ooh, look! The A's, Blue Jays, and Giants have all made it to the
playoffs. Who cares?
The heavy favorite wins again. How exciting,
But wait a minute, who's that rounding off the winner's list? The
Chicago Cubs? The team that hasn't won a Series since Ronald Reagan's
birth date, seventy years before Star Wars came out?
Nah, must be a dream. But, hey, if it's a neat dream, why bother waking
up? Might as well enjoy it while it lasts, because with the Cubbies it
doesn't last very long.
A real life underdog team, the Cubs overcame the Mets, the Expos, the
Cardinals, and Sports Illustrated, which thought they'd finish fifth, no less.
But, honestly, do they really have a shot at beating Kevin Mitchell and Co.?
Probably not. But maybe, just maybe.....
If the playoffs were played on paper, the Cubs would most likely, well,
they might win. The team average is .260, vastly better than the paltry .248
posted by the Giants. The Giants may have more power with Mitchell and
Will Clark, but they lack consistency throughout the lineup. The Cubs have
five players hitting over .280, and the Giants, well, they have only three.
PITCHING MAY BE more of a toss-up. The Giants have a 3.27 Earn-
ed Run Average compared to the Cubs' 3.44 ERA. The Cubs starting pitch-
ing staff, which amassed 52 wins, has just three pitchers, while the Giants',
which also garnered 52 victories, have four.
This bodes well for the Cubs in the playoffs where a three-man rotation
is preferable since it allows the team ace, Greg "Mad Dog" Maddux to throw
in the first, fourth, and seventh game of the series, if necessary.
Okay, reality check.
The Giants are older, more experienced, better known, and the odds-on
heavy favorite going into the playoffs.
Ah, who cares?
So what if Rick Reuschel is 17-7- he's a has-been. He just keeps
winning because hitters feel sorry for him. Kevin Mitchell? Forget about
him, he ran out of steam ages ago. (When? Uh, yesterday. Trust me.) And
Will Clark? What can one man do against the Arsenal of the Midwest?
Hopefully, d~ot much.
And the Cubs? Who do they have to crush the Giants? Why Ryne
Sandberg! Mark 'Amazing' Grace! Andre Dawson! Jerome Walton! Dwight
Smith! Lloyd McLendon! Domingo Ramos! Domingo Ramos!?? The Cubs
are sending guys like Domingo Ramos against the Giants and they expect to
Probably not. But maybe, just maybe.....

Left-hander Scott Garrelts (left) will start Game I of the National League
Championship Series for the Giants. Greg Maddux will start for Chicago.
NL CS Schedule

Game 1 - today, 8:24 pm
San Francisco at Chicago
Game 2 - Thurs., Oct. 5, 8:35 pm
San Francisco at Chicago
Game 3 - Sat., Oct.7, 8:20 pm
Chicago at San Francisco
Game 4 - Sun., Oct. 8, 8:20 pm
Chicago at San Francisco

Game 5 - Mon., Oct. 9, 3:06 pm*
Chicago at San Francisco
Game 6-- Wed., Oct 11, 3:06 pm*
San Francisco at Chicago
Game 7 - Thurs., Oct. 12, 8:35 pm*
San Francisco at Chicago
All times are Eastern Standard
*-if necessary

1. Wisconsin at Michigan
2. Notre Dame at Stanford
3. Cincy at Miami (Fla.)
4. K-State vs. Nebraska
5. Missouri at Colorado
6. Virginia at Clemson
7. Arkansas at TCU
8. Va. Tech at West Va.
9. Pittsburgh at Temple
1O.Washington at USC
11. Georgia at Tennessee

12. Alabama at U-Miss.
13. Baylor at Houston
14. Mid. Tenn. at N.C. St.
15. Okla. State at Okla.
16. Fla. State at Syracuse
17. Wash. State at Oregon
18. Colgate at Yale
19. Olivet at Alma
20. The Rock at

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