Hola, Antonio. Thanks for writing. Gonzalez did make the postseason roster. From what I understand, the Diamondbacks really like his arm and his ability to start or pitch in relief. I'm not sure how many opportunities he'll get to pitch in these playoffs, though he does have more than just a strong right arm going for him -- he might have the best hair in the playoffs. Have you seen his mop? It's impressive. It's kind of a throwback cut -- free flowing, not much product. Not really my style but, hey, whatever works, right? As for what Arizona needs to do to put away the Cubs, I would say stick with the plan. Getting good starting pitching and a few timely hits seems to have worked just fine.
I'm a Diamondbacks fan. I was wondering how they got to the playoffs. Where did they get the good players?
-- Chris Z., Phoenix
Let me tackle these in order so I don't miss anything.
1. Hi back, glad to hear you're a fan of the D-backs. I'm a fan of Guster, peanut butter toast and Marriott points, just in case you're wondering.
2. How did the Diamondbacks get to the playoffs? It's talent, and I don't really care if the players are 22, 42 or 82, though that might be a little weird. I get tired of the whole thing about this team "arriving too soon" or their "lack of experience." Again, who cares? They're here, and who is to say they'll ever get back?
3. Where did they get the good players? Through free agency and trades, but most of all, and this is what impresses me the most: A lot of these players are homegrown, the products of good scouting. Other teams should take notice of what they've done.
Hi, I am 13 years old from Interlachen, Fla., near Gainesville and Palatka. I have been a Cubs fan forever and I was just wondering what your opinion was on how much of a chance the Cubs had of coming back to the win the NLDS.
-- Karmen E., Interlachen, Fla.
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Hey Karmen. Thanks for clearing up where Interlachen is, as here I was thinking that it was in the Swiss Alps. Silly me. Anyway, glad to hear you're behind the Cubbies. They need your support right about now. I hate to burst your bubble, but down 2-0 in the best-of-five series, well, it doesn't look promising. Best-of-nine series? Maybe, though that would mean facing Brandon Webb more.
Someone get this message to Lou Piniella. I know he plans on starting Rich Hill in Game 3. After the Cubs win Game 3, Lou needs to surprise everyone and start Kerry Wood in Game 4. We all know that Kerry is a big-game performer. I know he hasn't started all year, but I know he has one in him.
-- Terence S., Chicago
Sure, I'll run that right over to Lou right now, as I'm sure that he is open for suggestions from the public or from a reporter like myself. I'll get back to you on that. As for Wood on the mound, I completely agree. But only if it was 2003 and not 2007. Maybe Lou has a time machine. That might be a better question to ask him.