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The Curse Of The Unknown Pitcher
by Phil Bencomo
I wonder: Why is it that the Cubs continue to get dominated by no-name pitchers, often fresh from the minors? It happens time and time again, year after year. I'm sure it has much to do with the lack of information and at-bats against pitchers new to the league, and I doubt the problem is unique to the Cubs, but that doesn't make watching Unknown Pitcher Of The Day Chris Sampson throw five shutout innings any less painful.
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Also painful: Late-inning rallies that come this close to fruition, but ultimately only leave you emotionally exhausted and cursing that moment somewhere in the ninth inning when you foolishly decided the club actually has a shot at winning despite a multi-run deficit and the fact that, really, these are the Cubs, after all.
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Not so painful: Rich Hill throws tomorrow. :) I like our chances.