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6The Daily Tar HeelWednesday, October 4, 1989
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capped by the league championship
series and World Series in which the
team with the best pitching wins, no
matter how adequate or mediocre the
rest of the team. Just witness the Los
Angeles Dodgers with Orel Hershiser,
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cago Cubs will defeat the San Fran
cisco Giants in the 1989 National
League Championship Series begin
ning tonight. The Cubs have superior
pitching in all three departments: start
ing, middle relief and closing.
The Cubs' rotation consists of three
excellent starters in Greg Maddux (19
12, 2.95), Mike Bielecki (18-7, 3.14)
and Rick Sutcliffe (16-1 1, 3.66). Mad
dux, an All-Star in 1988, has been hot
ter than the sun since this year's mid
summer classic start for Chicago in
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Bielecki has been a pleasant surprise
for the Cubs with his consistently solid
pitching all season. Inexperience could
be a drawback for the big right-hander,
as 1989 is his first full season though he
is not technically a rookie.
The veteran Sutcliffe anchors the
staff but won't pitch 'til game three
because he pitched Sunday.
If the starters can carry Chicago's
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lead into the seventh or eighth, it could
be over for the Giants. Mitch "The
Wild Thing" Williams came over from
Texas in a controversial trade in the
offseason, but no one in the Windy City
is complaining now. Williams, who
has admitted that the hardest pitch for
him to throw is a strike, saved 36 games
for Chicago and gives the team a legiti
Manager Don Zimmer can set up
Williams with righties Scott Sanderson
and Les Lancaster (4-2, 1 .36) or a reju
venated Paul Assenmacher and Steve
Wilson from the left side.
Giants manager Roger Craig doesn't
quite have the depth or quality in his
pitching staff, and he made up for that
with savvy in the regular season.
The Giants' rotation will use Scott
Garrelts (14-5, 2.28) in game one, Rick
Reuschel (17-8, 2.94) in game two and
either Kelly Downs (4-8, 4.79) or Don
Robinson (12-11, 3.43) in game three.
Garrelts had a magnificent year as a
starter, after spending most of his ca
reer in the bullpen. He won the ERA
title this season, with a little help from
his home park, Candlestick.
However, don't be fooled. Reuschel
is this staffs ace. At a tender 40 years
young, Big Daddy has posted more
than 40 victories for the Giants in just
more than two years of service. Despite
his 78 mph heater, he's Craig's main
man because he wins with guile and
San Francisco, like Chicago, has a
solid bullpen. Steve "Bedrock" Bedro
sian and Craig Lefferts create a righty
lefty closer combination. Lefferts and
Bedrock are complemented by right
handers Mike LaCoss and Jeff Brantley
and lefties Atlee Hammaker and Tre
Craig's masterful job with a rag-tag
staff (decimated by injuries during the
regular season) helped keep the Giants
alive, but what makes the team go is the
one-two punch of Will Clark and Kevin
First baseman Clark (.333-23-1 1 1),
known by some as Will the Thrill or
The Natural, is the best player in the
game today, and he knows it. Beautiful
swing, leadership, defense and cocki
ness; it's all there.
As for Mitchell, not much more can
be said. He had a GREAT start, all the
world's media recognized it and pub
lished it. But, since the All-Star game,
Mitchell has returned to good player
status with human weaknesses. He's
barely adequate in left field and pitch
ers have found some holes in his strike
zone (namely inside fastball or outside
breaking pitch), leading to more than
120 strikeouts. Still, 47 home runs and
125 RBIs in the cleanup spot simply
can not be ignored.
Center fielder Brett Butler (.283)
gives the Giants a true leadoff hitter
with excellent speed. Butler is also a
Jose Uribe (.221) is' a slick-fielding,
no-hit shortstop. He, along with second
baseman Robbie Thompson and But
ler, makes San Fran strong up the middle
Chicago, which led the N.L. in runs
scored, owns a well-balanced lineup
led by second baseman Ryne Sandberg
and right fielder Andre Dawson. Every
spot in the Cubs order can do damage,
especially with the late-season acquisi
tion of Luis Salazar (.282), who will
probably start at third.
Sandberg (.290) had a career year
with 30 home runs while playing his
usual outstanding defense. He, Sutcliffe
and Sanderson are the only remaining
Cubs from the 1984 division winner.
Dawson (.252-2 1 -77) finally gets his
chance at a World Series. The Hawk
still has a strong arm in right and power
at the plate, but his wheels are slowly
Behind the shining examples of
"Ryno" and Andre are first baseman
Mark Grace, shortstop Shawon Dun
ston (.278-9-60), Salazar and rookies
Jerome Walton, Dwight Smith, Rick
Wrona and Joe Girardi. All can hit and
Dunston's improvement was the key
this year for Chicago. He solidified the
defense up the middle and, offensively,
he started paying dividends on his po
tential. He learned what bases on balls
meant and improved his average nearly
40 points. In essence, he became the
catalyst of the team.
In Walton (.293) and Smith (.324-9-52),
Chicago probably has the top two
rookies of 1989. Both are quick, excit
ing, line-drive hitters and sparkling on
the outfield grass.
In the dugout, Craig and Zimmer are
equally unpredictable and successful.
The major difference between the two
is that Craig thinks about his unusual
strategies, Zimmer goes on whims. If
the series goes down to managerial
moves, the Cubs are in trouble. But, it
Cubs in six.
MEN'S SOCCER vs. Coastal Carolina,
Finley Field, 4 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 6
VOLLEYBALL vs. Liberty University,
Carmichael Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 7
FOOTBALL vs. Wake Forest, Kenan
Stadium, 12 p.m.
VOLLEYBALL vs. Texas A&M,
Carmichael Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
FIELD HOCKEY at Maryland, College
Park, Md., 1 p.m. !
WOMEN'S SOCCER at Maryland,
Washington, D.C., TBA
Sunday, Oct 8
MEN'S SOCCER vs. Duke, Finley Field,
FIELD HOCKEY at William & Mary,
Williamsburg, Va., 1 p.m.