Chicago Cubs March Madness Bracket- Elite Eight
Chicago Cubs: Catalina Regional Final Matchup
- 1 seed Ernie Banks vs. 5 seed Johnny Evers
- 3 seed Mordecai Brown vs. 15 seed Jake Arrieta
While the Catalina Region saw Arrieta advance a couple rounds with upsets, Brown played the role of Daniel Murphy in the 2015 playoffs, abruptly shutting down a magical run by the big right-hander. While Brown may not be as recognized by modern fans, any pitcher nicknamed “Three Finger” has to get some serious swag points in a matchup of pitching greats.
While Arrieta won 22 games the year before a World Series trophy was hoisted for the Cubs, Brown won 20 and then bested that with 29 in the 1907 and 1908 World Series years. Arrieta was only able to manage 18 the year the Cubs won it all in ’16.
In the top part of the bracket, Mr. Cub- Ernie Banks- continued his dominant run through the bracket, taking out Evers in a demolition.No.1 seed Banks moves on to face No. 3 seed Brown in the Catalina Final, pitting one of the best pitchers to ever wear blue pinstriped against the greatest Cub of all time. Game on.
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