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Myles Live Reactions and Recap: Cubs 10, Cardinals 2

Myles Live Reactions and Recap: Cubs 10, Cardinals 2

Pregame: Well if all goes well, the Cubs will be celebrating in Busch Stadium under a shower of Champagne and Bud Light. Currently, the game time temp in St. Louis is nearing 90 degrees, with the humidity. I’m sitting here laughing at all of the people wearing red, because it’s currently a cool 60 degrees in Seattle. Suckers.

 

Top 1st
Contreras Lineout with Rizzo/Brant onbase: Damn. I thought the Cubs were going to load the bases there. But Willy just got under it.

Zobrist infield hit to load the bases: Oh baby. Grand slam coming for Addy here.

Addy opposite field 3-RBI double: I just screamed a lot of intense swear words in my apartment. Let’s. Go.

Heyward RBI double: Wow. What a start here. That ball was left over homeplate, and Heyward made Weaver pay.

 

Bottom 1st: Cubs 4, Cards 0
Fowler singles with 2 outs: Man, I thought Lester was going to get through that inning without any base runners. But, nope.

Paul Dejong strikes out to the inning: See ya.

 

Top 2nd: Cubs 4, Cards 0
KB solo HR: Wow. That ball was hammered. Also, the fireworks guy set off fireworks at the park after the homer. He may not have a job anymore. I’m digging this start.

 

Bottom 2nd: Cubs 5, Cards 0
Addison gives chase to a ball in the stands, knocks over some dudes nachos accidently: Gross. Addy’s hand is covered in cheese. He’s gunna want more nachos judging by the look of that guy. [Update: Oh god. Nacho Man is taking interviews and signing autographs right now.]

Gyorko solo HR: Please don’t be one of those games where you think the Cubs are going to win because of the early score but then, like, they don’t.

Wong strikes out to end the inning: Alright. That’s more like it.

 

Top 3rd: Cubs 5, Cards 1
Willy single: Weaver looks absolutely awful so far. Hard contact. Soft contact. He’s doing it all. Also, I’m playing him in one of my fantasy baseball championships so this is all great stuff.

Javy Baez 3-run homer: OH MY. Put them bottles on ice, fam.

 

Top 5th: Cubs 8, Cards 1
Weaver exists the game: Just wasn’t what the Cardinals needed in terms of a starting pitching tonight. But, as they say, too bad so sad.

 

Bottom 6th: Cubs 8, Cards 1
Lester at 101 pitches with 2 outs: This, no doubt, is his last inning. It was incredibly encouraging to see Lester come back after some tough starts as of late.

Piscotty strikes out swinging: Boom. Way to end it.

 

Top 7th: Cubs 8, Cards 1
Molina gets hit twice on back-to-back pitches in the face mask and exits: That was hard to watch. Concussions are a real problem for catchers and you just hope that Molina is okay here. He’s honestly one of my favorite baseball players (don’t hate me).

Voit solo homer: Meh, still up 6. But I don't like the bullpen giving up runs in any situation. But I guess if you are going to give up a dinger, now is as good a time as any. 

 

Top 8th: Cubs 8, Cards 2

Javy fouls a ball off his knee and goes down: Oh god. Please be okay. Please be okay. Please be okay. Please be okay. 

Javy stays in the game: Wow, I didn't think there was going to be a chance he finished the at-bat. 

Javy singles: Ha. Go figure. Pinch runner, please! ...And here comes Ian Happ. 

LaStella RBI single: If you had to have one bat off the bench against a hard throwing pitcher, you want that guy to be LaStella. The guy rakes against velocity, man. 

Jay RBI single: This is getting in silly territory. 

Bryant walks to load the bases: Here comes a Rizz-bomb. 

Rizzo grounds out to end the inning: Just kidding, I guess. 

 

Bottom 9th: Cubs 10, Cards 2

Piscotty up with 1 out: Alright, I'm very done with Nacho Man. They're still talking about it on the telecast and it's all over Twitter. Barf. 

Cubs turn a double play to end it: Cubs win, baby. Sorry, Cards. No NL Central crown this year. 

 


Source: FanGraphs

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  • Go Cubs! Nice & easy, stress free...

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    Wow, Nacho man in Cubs Den--now I've seen almost anything. This was just what the Cubs needed, a very early lead and a great outing for John Lester. We won't be favored in the playoffs (I know, we haven't gotten in yet) but we're peaking in every dept. Pitching is great, batting and our fielding has been outstanding.
    Thanks for such a quick recap Myles.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Why won't the Cubs be favored in the playoffs?

  • In reply to WaitUntilNextYear:

    They just won't be. On paper the Nationals have a better bullpen, better rotation and better offense. The Cubs are the clear underdog. That said, I like our chances just fine. I think they beat the Nats in 5 and play Arizona in the NLCS.

  • In reply to TC154:

    FWIW, the Cool Standings on Fangraphs gives the Cubs a better probability to reach the NLCS than it gives WAS.

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    In reply to CubsFanInNorway:

    Fangraphs has been bullish on the Cubs all season. I think there was a point where the Cubs were in 3rd place in the division and had a 3x better chance of winning the division compared to the top two teams at the time. Fangraphs considers the Cubs to have the 2nd best chance all season and not by a big margin behind the Dodgers, even when they were winning every game in sight.

  • Bye bye Tweety Brids.

    As Len said a few years ago, "better get used to it!"

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    I am going to say it. The Cubs will be in the playoffs this year (pretty sure they have clinched a WC spot at least). The Cubs will win the division. Pending Norway's Magic number count I believe the Cubs have to lose EVERY game and the Cardinals or the Brewers have to win EVERY game to overtake the Cubs. It ain't happening.

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    In reply to Joel Mayer:

    Nevermind, the Rockies could still overtake the Cubs so the Cubs haven't clinched a playoff spot yet. But that is just a formality.

  • In reply to Joel Mayer:

    I read over the tiebreaking scenarios and the craziest one the Cubs could be in would in the very unlikely event they lose out, Milwaukee wins out, and Colorado goes 4-1 so they all finish 88-74. In that case, the Cubs would first host Milwaukee in an NL Central title game. The loser plays the next day in Colorado for the second Wild Card spot.

    Thankfully, that possibility should be moot very soon.

  • In reply to JTWilson:

    Cubs are playing like CHAMPIONS right now. they are 15-8 in September, 8-2 last ten, 13-7 last twenty, 20-10 last thirty, and of course 45-23 since the ASB.

    Lester pitched better, his game is a power pinpoint/full range four pitch ace, but pinpoint control is critical. He is called a bulldog because he does not give in but that means there are critical pitches in the sequences in that he could often be 2-0 or 3-1.

    That said he appears to be mending. On the radio Bosio said they worked on fine point mechanics during the side sessions and they were quite positive.

    Now let us see how Arrieta does in his second start after his DL.

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    The Cubs are playing like the teams I used to watch and admire. When they needed a run they got it, they would go on runs of 5 or 6 in a row. The great teams, and now we are one of those teams. Now others are looking at us and thinking the same thing. It feels wonderful.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Great teams sustain winning and championships over a time period. They are getting there but the journey is still out there. With Russell's return and Zobrist's resurgence, Jay's peaking in the lead off spot, it appears LF and CF are taken. We are seeking the playoff starting lineup boys and girls. Zo in the 5th spot after Contreras in the clean up offers a formidable batting order, since it can burn through a bullpen of manager matchups.

  • In reply to rnemanich:

    Did you say something about Dusty?

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    Poor Weaver gave up 8 runs and his ERA ( I know ERA doesn't mean everything) is still lower then most of our Starters.

    That's how great he was pitching. 7-1 record, he almost single handed lead this pitching staff the last 2 months for this "so so" playoff run. ( No I didn't forget DeJong and Pham but thats on O )

  • Go Rockies. I've had enough of the Brewers and Cards over the last two weeks to last all winter. Let 'em sit home and root against the Cubs. Goodbye Ryan Braun, Tim McCarver , Greg Simmons, Nacho Man.....Albert Pujols, Jim Edmonds, Willie McGee....I wish I hated more Brewers.

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    In reply to NoDoubtAboutIt:

    Stupid Rockies get doubled off to end the game on a line drive. If that finds the grass, prob ties the game up and we know how the Rockies can be if they have the last AB's at Coors.

  • In reply to NoDoubtAboutIt:

    .....Whitey Herzog, Ted Simmons, Dal freakin' Maxville, Julian Javier and his goofy glasses....go home Cardinals. I really don't like the Cardinals.

  • In reply to NoDoubtAboutIt:

    You left out The Chicago Traitor himself, Tony LaRussa. And Lou Brock, Curt Flood, Tony Conigliaro, and them smelly Cldyesdales pulling an empty Beer Wagon!

  • In reply to LRCCubsFan:

    Special room in Cardinal hell waiting for LaRussa and Al Hrabosky. Go home Ozzie Smith and his stupid backflips....Bake McBride...who names their kid Bake? Cubs rule the NL central now!

  • In reply to NoDoubtAboutIt:

    Hippies named their kids Bake all the time! Maybe his crib was the oven? Hmmm... Oops typo on the Clydesdales. These names all remind me of an August in 1984. My two buddies and I had tickets to Wrigley vs the Cardinals. We had 2 hrs for the gates to open. I walked around Wrigley. Found a parking lot and a door. Stood by the door for about 10 minutes. The door opens. Out walks Don Zimmer, Jim Frey, and Lou Brock! They all graciously autographed the piece of paper I had. Boy were my friends jealous!

  • In reply to NoDoubtAboutIt:

    Any room for Mark McGwire in there?

  • In reply to LRCCubsFan:

    Don't forget Chris Carpenter, Red Schoendienst, Mike Shannon, & effing So Taguchi...

  • In reply to LRCCubsFan:

    Tony Conigliaro?

  • In reply to NoDoubtAboutIt:

    Lou Brock, Dennis Eckersley, Lee Smith, Bruce Sutter, Jim Edmonds, Lindy McDaniel, and Barney Schultz can play on my team anytime.

    Oh, wait, they did.

    And I think we could find a spot for Bob Gibson, Steve Carlton, Dizzy Dean in our rotation. And maybe our fans would take a liking to Harry Caray in our broadcast booth.

  • In reply to DropThePuck:

    Bob Gibson can stay in the NL Central penthouse and watch the Cubs with me. He and Mike Schmidt were always my favorite non-Cub players. All other Cardinals........GET OUT! You don't live here anymore.

  • In reply to NoDoubtAboutIt:

    When I think of Jim Edmonds, I think of him standing between 2B and 3B at Wrigley in 2008 with his arms raised in the air as Mark Derosa's HR sails into the bleachers to take the lead against Colorado in a game the Cubs trailed 9-0.

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    Yeah - in a lot of ways Edmonds doesn't belong on that "I hate the Cardinals" list IMO. He did a lot to redeem himself that year.

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    In reply to drkazmd65:

    Edmonds is one of my least favorite players in Cards history. I don't mind Molina, Pujols and McGwire and admire them as extremely good baseball players.

    But that is purely personal preference and I won't pretend it is based on anything completely rational.

  • In reply to Joel Mayer:

    Even now, way past his prime, Pujols is a good player and solid hitter. Not nearly as scary as he used to be, but the guy is 37 now. Always loved to hate that guy when we was playing against the Cubs.

    I do remain ever so happy that the Cubs decided to pass on him and on Prince Fielder when the were Free Agents back c2011-2012.

  • In reply to drkazmd65:

    Pujols has arguably been a bottom 5 hitter in baseball this year. He gets on base less than 29% of the time and his wRC+ is 79 (meaning he's been 21% worse than the league average hitter this year). For perspective, Jason Heyward's OBP and wRC+ this year are .325 and 86 respectively.

    That said, as much as it pains me to say it, Pujols was one of my favorite players when he was with the Cardinals.

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    If "Nacho Macho Man" didn't have his GF w him, he would of been going home w Kelly Crull. She was gushing all over him. She likes her man to have a little meat on his bones.

  • Yep, the Magic Number for clinching the division is 1. StL is officially eliminated. One more Cubs win or one more MIL loss assures a NL Central division title for the Cubs. If MIL wins all their remining games and the Cubs lose all theirs, then there would be a tie for the division title and a 1-game playoff.

    FWIW, the Magic Number for clinching a playoff berth via the WC is 2. I have never paid attention to that, since it has always been higher that the Number to clincj the division.

    Since COL lost, MIL is 1.5 games back in the WC race, StL 2.5.

  • For those of you who might find this interesting (and a little tooting of my own horn):

    I started the Magic Number Countdown 5 weeks ago. After the games of Sunday, 20 August, the Cubs Magic Number was 37. Here are the Magic Numbers after each successive week:

    20 August: 37
    27 August: 31
    03 September: 23
    10 September: 18
    17 September: 10
    24 September: 2

    The Cubs reduced their Magic Number by on average 7 each week. On 3 Sept, I wrote that the two-week trend suggested the Cubs should clinch on ... 26 September. (Just lucky. Maybe.) The only real blip in the steady march to the division title was the 3-game sweep by MIL, reflected in the Magic Number reduction of only 5 in the week of 4-10 September. Remember all the hand-wringing?

    Looking forward to Clinch Day tonight, although I do not expect that MIL will be helping. CIN is starting Deck McGuire (who?), a 28-yr old rookie, against MILs Davies.

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    In reply to CubsFanInNorway:

    That's a perfect way to show that we ought to know not to gnash our teeth every time we lose a game--reducing the MN by 7 each week is very good. I don't know how many numbers the others have reduced theirs each week but I would think it was comparable.
    I noticed you date things the European way--23 Sept instead of what we do here--Sept 23. Reminds me of my life there.
    Thank you for all you do. You've carved out your own place her on Cubs Den. When the playoffs start (assuming we get in) you can start counting on how many victories we need to win the WS.
    Thanks again.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Eleven....

  • Thanks, Jonathan. I have a lot of fun with the Countdown, I hope others also appreciate it.

    Yes, I have adopted the European convention for dates - usually in the form of day, month, year (although year-month-day is good for naming files, for example) - because it just seemed more logical to me. The date is then described in increasingly larger (or smaller) time units. Really, what is the logic behind having the month first? Maybe someone could explain it to me.

    Just like the calendar. Why is Sunday the first day of the week on the calendar? Shouldn't be the last? It is called a "week-end", is it not? Even a biblical reference - "And on the last day He rested". God didn't rest on the first day of the week, did He? Baseball always refers to weeks starting on Monday.

    Sorry for the rant.

    Go Cubs! Dogpile on the mound at Busch!

  • In reply to CubsFanInNorway:

    I also appreciate the countdown. Have an affection for Norway as 2 of my grandparents were born and raised there. Hope to visit some day.

    I also don't understand the Sunday as the first day of the week in the Calendar. Makes no sense.

    I will enjoy watching the celebration at Busch! Tonight or tomorrow night.

  • The Cardinals were reduced to 'nacho man'. In the end that was all that they had. Cub fans really don't need to add to that. In an interview Ryne Sandberg was asked if the Cubs hadn't been able to win because they are jinx he responded, "No we just were not quite good enough". Cardinals just are not good enough right now.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Agree with # 23, Cards just aren't good enough to compete with the Cubs. Cubs destroyed them in the season series, and swept them at Wrigley.

    When the Cubs have Russell, Hayward and Baez as 6-7-8, the Cards have no answer for that in their lineup.

    And the best thing about it is that the entire team is coming back for next year with the possible exception of Jay, and Jake. But with a full year of Quintana and Happ. How will the Cards compete next year? They lose Lynn and Wainwright and Yaddy will be another year older on the downside.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    I've been saying it all year and folks didn't want to believe me. There is something fundamentally wrong with the mix in St. Louis. They've got some talent, they certainly have some decent pitching but they are actually worse than the sum of their parts. They never could capitalize on a winning streak and instead regressed to the mean in terms of production every time. A huge part of their issue is Matheny who is absolutely awful as a manager. Please, please, please Cardinals organization don't replace him...

  • In reply to TC154:

    I think that there is some merit in your take on the Cards TC. Idk how much of it is Matheny, but they do not have any impact players right now and lack fundamentals, which is nor typical.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    There are some missing pieces for sure, particularly a big bat in the middle of that lineup, but their guys play hard. A very good manager would be able to use that to eek a few more wins and have them breathing down our necks. Girardi would scare me in St. Louis, especially with a few more pieces to work with. I'm hoping he stays in NY because they would likely take a run at him if they thought he was open to the idea.

  • In reply to TC154:

    Girardi likes living in NY. WHY would he move to StLouis?

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    In reply to TC154:

    To your credit, TC, I recall you telling me in May/June that the Cards would fade. That they just didn't have the talent. So this is not you coming out after all is over but the crying and saying, "I told you so."

  • Beating the Cardinals is one of the best things in life.

  • In reply to Pura Vida:

    Agreed, there are not many things better.

    We have now beat them in the NLDS in 2015. Won the Central Division is 2016. Won the Central in 2017. I see a trend.

  • In reply to cubbybear7753:

    Agreed. Don't know if our Cubs can take the Nats in the first series - but they've got a shot, especially if Harper isn't 100%.

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    In reply to drkazmd65:

    Even if Harper is 100% the Cubs have a chance. Just like the Nationals have a chance. In a "best-of-5" series a small swing can have a huge impact. If the Cubs fail in the 9th inning in Game 4 last year all bets would have been off for a "winner-take-all" Game 5 against Cueto.

  • In reply to Pura Vida:

    That reminds me of a line from Conan the Barbarian except in my mind's eye instead of Arnold leaning on a sword, I see Rizzo leaning on a baseball bat and the spoken words slightly modified (I'd add a link to the video of the actual scene but don't know how)...

    "Rizzo - what is good in life?"
    "Crush the Cardinals... see runs driven in before you... and hear the lamentation of their women!"

  • Contemplate this on the field of woe.

  • In reply to Denizen Kane:

    Well played sir. Well played.

  • I'm with you, Myles : Yadier Molina is one of my favorite players also. His camaraderie (sp?) with Javy during this spring's WBC was classic.

    BTW, still think that $60M extension was too much?

  • In reply to DropThePuck:

    That was a really bad scene - him leaving the field. I'm guessing he's done for the year, maybe longer.

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    In reply to Oneear:

    I very much dislike the Cards, but watching Molina get hit twice in a row made me feel bad. The guys been a class act & 1 of the best catchers of my generation. I wish him the best, but Go Cubs.

  • In reply to DropThePuck:

    Several Cardinals got paid for past performance.
    It'll come back to bite 'em hard.

  • While I relish the Cubs beating the Redbirds any day of the week,... I think that Milwaukee is going to be the solid competitor for the next few seasons.

    St. Louis needs to add a few pieces (their offense occasionally falters) and some of their core players are getting a bit long in the tooth (I love Molina's game, but he's showing a lot of wear & tear)

    Pittsburgh is missing several pieces and is always hampered by budget. Cincinnati is rebuilding and has an occasionally impressive offense - but their pitching is a big weakness.

    But Milwaukee has got some solid young players, and a very good manager.

    But it's nice to see the Cubs (effective tonight?) in the playoffs over the Cards, and to have essentially knocked them out of the playoffs 3 straight years.

  • In reply to drkazmd65:

    I've read about Milwaukee having a good up-and-coming young team, except they really aren't that young. Only 25 and under guys contributing are Arcia, Davies, and Knebel.

    Overall, an older team than the Cubs.

  • In reply to Lildude:

    Lots of guys coming though, including Brinson who I assume is going to be better after a tough first taste of MLB. Their top ten prospects are all 55 grade or better. They'll be around awhile.

  • can we wait till Wed to clinch? I'm going to that game with cardinal fans.

  • In reply to mwillie:

    While I understand your wish, I hope the defensive line-up for that game is something like

    Schwarber LF
    Almora CF
    Martin RF
    LaStella 3B
    Freeman SS
    Happ 2B
    Caratini 1B
    Davis C
    Tseng P

    With Zazynstry, Maples and Pena from the 'pen.

  • In reply to CubsFanInNorway:

    I would hate to have paid MLB prices to watch the Iowa Cubs lineup.

  • I like to think that a lot of the Cardinal fans going to these games were eyeing these dates on the schedule earlier in the year and saying "I gotta go to one of those games against the Cubs. Maybe that'll be the day that the Cards clinch it - how great to see them clinch against the Cubs!"

    Is that an example of schadenfreude?

  • Nice win by the Cubs last night. It was a real relief to see Lester have a strong performance, as he tunes up for the playoffs.

    Also cool to see the whole "Nacho Man" situation play out and glad Addy and the Cubs made it a fun moment, in a rivals' ballpark, by taking the plate of Nachos back out to the guy, and Russell taking a few seconds to pose for a selfie with the guy! Kudos to him for "slowing the game down"!

    Moments like that are what makes Baseball a fun game to watch.

    I imagine that if the Cubs win tonight it will be slightly subdued celebration on the field, but a hardy one in the clubhouse.

  • Some of our recent HP umpires should watch the video of Jim Reynold's balls & strikes calls last night.

    And all Jim will get out of a good job will be a deep bruise from the ricochet of KB's first foul ball off Yadier's mask.

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