Re: Game 1 Thoughts...
While I know Zambrano is wild, especially when he gets worked up, I love that we drew 6 walks today. The walks from Phillips and Gonzalez were particularly good to see.
As for Freel, what happened when he got thrown out on the basepaths? Everybody likes to talk about speed on the bases and look at SB, but from what I've seen, his aggressiveness on the basepaths hurts as much as it helps. Given that, would you put a guy with a .280/.360/.360 line at the top of your order? Not that we have a better option with Deno down, but particularly with Dunn behind him, Freel needs to not take extra risks.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.