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Here’s a look back at the results of my Cubs Polls since the beginning of the New Year.
I asked: Which Cubs home series are you most looking forward to?
-Boston Theo Series (41%)
-Big Z & Ozzie’s return with Miami (35%)
-St. Louis (11%)
-Detroit & White Sox (5%)
Here’s how I see it…
John Axford blew his first save opportunity last season on Opening Day in Cincinnati. Turns out, the hard-throwing righty would only blow one more game all season.
Better still, the Brewers traded for Francisco Rodriguez in mid July. K-Rod never posted a save with Milwaukee (he had 23 for the Mets prior to the trade), but shined setting up Axford with a 1.86 ERA in 31 appearances helping the Beer Makers to the NL Central crown.
Despite Frankie’s public outcry to return to a full-time closer’s role, which assumingly won’t happen in Milwaukee, he and the Brewers surprisingly came to terms on a 1-yr, $8M deal–thus helping solidify Axford’s top ranking as the division’s best closer.
The NL Central has long held the distinction of hosting some of the game’s greatest sluggers.
Ken Griffey Jr., Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire held court before the arrivals of Adam Dunn, Carlos Lee and Derrek Lee.
But with the decisions of Albert Pujols & Prince Fielder to sign lucrative free agent contracts in L.A. and Detroit, respectively, the question arises as to which player takes over the crown as the NL Central’s greatest slugger?
Here’s how I see it: