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"It's going to be a long winter," Chicago's Alfonso Soriano said, just minutes into a winter that had begun several weeks earlier than he expected. Could it even be possible for a stronger regular season to dissolve more quickly? In three games against the Dodgers, the super-charged Cubbies scored six runs. Dempster, Zambrano, Harden -- loss, loss, loss.

Here, the Post's Marc Carig examines Chicago's elimination. Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Plaschke -- hey, isn't he the guy on TV!? -- finds the old stadium stirring as a 20-year playoff drought ends. (The Dodgers led the Cubs in 23 of 27 innings, he notes.) T.J. Simers describes how the Dodgers have handled their various personalities. On the national scene, it's crazy that one of the four or five most popular, storied teams in baseball -- a team with Manny Ramirez -- could sweep a series so convincingly and still not be THE story. But indeed, the last days have been more about the Cubs' fall than the Dodgers' surge. No doubt, that will change now. baseball columnist Tim Brown gives a concise, but thorough, description of how LA got to this point.

The Brewers, of course, avoided elimination in Game 3 against the Phillies -- and gave Milwaukee at least one night of pure playoff glory. If Milwaukee can get past Joe Blanton this afternoon (the Brewers will start Jeff Suppan), then it's back to Philly for Game 5: CC Sabathia versus Cole Hamels. Gary D'Amato, from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, reasons that the Phillies now have as much pressure as the Brew Crew. Anthony Witrado takes a look at Dave Bush, the mean, median and mode of averageness, who out-performed expectations in last night's start. All of a sudden, Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Phil Sheridan sees reasons that the Phillies should be worried.

By Chico Harlan  |  October 5, 2008; 9:38 AM ET
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Thanks for the roundup, Chico (and we miss you over at NJ).

Speaking of media coverage (or lack thereof) for various teams, for those who wish to read more about the Rays I recommend the following sites: (Tampa Tribune) (St. Petersburg Times)

Posted by: natsfan1a | October 5, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Just to clarify, my coverage comment was referencing Chico's point on Dodgers coverage and not a reference to NJ coverage.

Posted by: natsfan1a | October 5, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Please give Chili Dog one more shot at the Phils and "666" Utley.

Dodgers getting Furcal back really changes the dynamic of the playoffs. When you consider they have added him and Manny and Blake to what was there, had Ethier develop, and have A. Jones out of the everyday line-up, I don't think season-long stats apply to the Dodgers. They showed they were the best NL team going into the playoffs. How on Earth did the Nats handle these guys?

Posted by: PTBNL | October 5, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Oh well. Go Dodgers!

Posted by: natsfan1a | October 5, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Re. the Cubs' elimination, interesting column on Soriano in the Tribune:

Posted by: natsfan1a | October 6, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

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