Silver Linings

Last night was a dejecting loss. It felt like the universe had stolen something from this franchise. You can pick who you want to blame for the rainout, but the events that allowed for the Nationals to avoid one of the weakest parts of their postseason roster seems a cruel stroke of fate. A home run at a critical point landing in a basket when a better struck ball became a harmless flyball early. Ryan Zimmerman be given one more chance than he probably deserved. I could go on, but needless to say for many of us it was a gloomy night.

This morning was different. This is a team that has faced off season ending games and come through in the most spectacular of fashions. The Cubs have quite a few things going for them as they head into yet another do or die game. And it starts with the guy taking the ball tonight.

Cubs Starting Pitching
Kyle Hendricks has been unbelievable down the stretch for the Cubs. He matched and then outlasted Stephen Strasburg in game 1. Cubs starters have thrown 22.2 innings and given up exactly 1 earned run. You can stretch those numbers to 26.1 innings and 2 earned runs if you want to tack on Lester's performance last night. That would be an ERA of 0.40 and 0.68 respectively over 4 games. Kyle Hendricks should continue that trend.

Ben Zobrist's Lazarus Act
Ben Zobrist has hit .200 in the series with a .533 OPS. He has often looked brutal at the plate an in the field. However, Ben Zobrist has also delivered two of the Cubs seven extra base hits in the series. Zobrist made a sparkling defensive play at second base in game 3 (it may have been less sparkling if Javier Baez was out there who makes the play look a bit more routine). Zobrist played a fine defensive outfield last night in tough conditions. Zobrist may have only gone 2 for 5 with two strikeouts since finding the fountain of youth late in game 3, but he has two of the Cubs seven hits against Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer. His bat has shown more life and he no longer looks out of place in a postseason lineup.

The Kris Bryant Adjustment
There are very few players on either side having a good offensive series. The few players who have hit home runs have slugging inflated OPS, but no one has been a consistent offensive force facing these hurlers. One Cub that has had a particularly rough series is Kris Bryant. The golden sombrero was the cherry on top of his .200 batting average and .517 OPS in the series. Bryant has now struck out in 60% of his plate appearances in the series. However, Bryant is able to adjust quickly. In his career, Bryant is known for his ability to adjust quickly, and I think the odds are high that Bryant facing someone based Stephen Strasburg or Max Scherzer will make another quick adjustment.

Justin Wilson Confidence Booster
There was little to get excited about in the game yesterday. The bullpen in particular had a glaringly bad night. The two guys that Maddon has trusted the most both had horrible nights. Wade Davis should be fine moving forward, but Carl Edwards Jr. continues to oscilate between being Mariano Rivera and Carlos Marmol at the end of his Cubs tenure. This gave Joe Maddon a chance to use Justin Wilson in a low pressure situation against a left handed Daniel Murphy and then Anthony Rendon. Wilson looked strong retiring the pair, and that has to be a huge plus if Wilson can reemerge as an effective high leverage option.

The Shell of Bryce Harper
The Nationals bats have been ice cold throughout the series. The one Nationals hitter with an OPS over .700 right now is Michael A Taylor. The pesky gnat has hit .273 with a .930 OPS after his game clinching grand slam last night. Bryce Harper though is clearly still feeling the effects of the bone bruise. Harper's bat has been slow and unable to catch up to well placed and no so well placed heaters. Harper's one shining moment came in the series when Carl Edwards Jr., better known as Crawford to one national broadcaster, hung a curveball over the heart of the plate. Having to face a clearly not one hundred percent Harper is a huge bonus for the Cubs staff.

Neutralizing the Run Game
The Nationals are a good team. Scratch that they are a very good team, but the Cubs have caught them at a good time it seems given their injury woes. The Nationals ripped through the National League with a top tier offense. The team could score in a variety of ways with the all world base stealer Trea Turner at the top. Turner finally snapped out of his Oh-fer, and if he does manage to get on base he should be neurtalized by the battery of Kyle Hendricks and Willson Contreras. Hendricks has perhaps the best pickoff move of a right handed pitcher in the game right now, and Contreras doesn't know how to throw it less than 90 mph. That means that the Nationals are either going to have to get a long ball or string a few hits together. That is a tall task against Hendricks right now.

The final silver lining is the randomness of baseball. That might seem like a drawback as the Cubs have the clearly better pitching matchup, but it is also a silver lining. The Cubs were very close to winning the game last night despite what the scoreline said. The season is one game long at this point, and anything can happen. The Cubs are a very good team and still have a very good chance to reach the National League Championship Series for a third year in the row despite what the universe might've said earlier this week.


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  • Here are the current Win WS Odds from after
    games of 10/11/17 — and then there were 5:

    538 Rating / Win World Series
    *at completion of day’s games

    Pre WC Games….………10/6 *…………..……10/7 *…………….
    CLV 1604 / 27%…….CLV 1607 / 34%……CLV 1607 / 33%……
    LAD 1564 / 18%…….LAD 1566 / 19%……LAD 1569 / 23%……
    HOU 1569 / 15%…….HOU 1576 / 22%……HOU 1576 / 22%……
    WAS 1551 / 11%…….WAS 1547 / 6%……..WAS 1550 / 8%……..
    CHN 1559 / 10%…….CHN 1563 / 13%……CHN 1560 / 9%…….
    BOS 1553 / 7%………BOS 1546 / 1%……..BOS 1546 / 1%………
    NYY 1561 / 6%………NYY 1560 / 2%…….NYY 1560 / 2%……..
    AZD 1539 / 3%………AZD 1540 / 3%…….AZD 1537 / 1%……..

    ………..10/9 *…………….10/11*…………….
    CLV 1602 / 23%……
    LAD 1571 / 27%……LAD 1571 / 30%…..…
    HOU 1572 / 24%……HOU 1572 / 29%……..
    WAS 1548 / 4%……..WAS 1553 / 10%……..
    CHN 1562 / 14%……CHN 1558 / 9%…….
    NYY 1566 / 7%……..NYY 1570 / 22%…….

  • I'm in a glass cage of emotions right now!

  • Well said Mike. In my humble opinion, above video needs to be added to tonight's game thread.
    Rizzo expressed 100% how I felt at the time. It still cracks me up and gives me a Cubs Fan kind of comfort every-time.
    TLS (nervous laughter): It's only gonna get worse!

  • I don't doubt this team because they are battle tested but I also don't trust the cubs bullpen and that's what scares me.Unless hendricks can throw a complete game gem I'm nervous about tonight.

  • Here's another "silver lining" at least for this series. The Nats have now burned Strasburg and "wasted" the 5 runs they scored last night. In other words, 5 runs would likely have won last night with Roark pitching, and Strasburg would be pitching today. Hope to see no more of him until 2018.

  • In reply to wthomson:

    There is absolutely no way to know if 5 runs would have been enough for Roark last night. For all we know the Cubs would have scored 5 in the first and demoralized the Nats and coasted to a blowout win.

    Everything changes is you change their starter last night.

  • In reply to bleedblue:

    5 runs would have won any game in this series, save 1. Obviously it is not a given--just going on likelihood.

  • 1. Once again, Joe and his quick hooks of this best pitchers. Lester in Gm2, Q in Gm 3, Lester in Gm 4. What ever happened to letting you best succeed or fail?

    2. That said, I was at Wrigley yesterday when he entered the game and I was thinking (actually, hoping) I'd have to apologize for what I said here about Edwards after Gm 2: that he lacks the intestinal fortitude to be in the game in the biggest moments, that he looks scared in those moments, that he's no better than a 50-50 proposition. No need to apologize for any of that. In fact, its safe to double down on it. He's appeared in every game in this series. We better not see him tonight. He's a wussy.

    3. All that said, he didn't score a friggin run. And in tight games, it's all about executing on defense and Contreras cost us with that passed ball allowing the runner to take third and then score after the non-call (that 1B ump sucks!) on Zimmerman's strike out followed, inevitably, by Russell's error on a play that was far from routine, but one Addy's got to make.

    4. On day like yesterday, why isn't Joe playing small ball. Why didn't Jay or Javy or Russell or anyone try to bunt for a hit?

    5. Since 7pm last night, I've been going through the five stages of grief. Gone through denial, anger, bargaining, depression. I WILL NOT DO ACCEPTANCE!

    6. So we now come to the BIGGEST GAME since November 2, 2016. It's been a great series. It's gonna be a great game! I can feel it! Let's win this thing! Let's Go Cubs!

  • In reply to TTP:

    The rain has to be a factor (not an excuse) in the errors, but might have helped us some if anyone had bunted.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Why do you want players doing things they normally don't do like bunting? You are giving the other team as easy out

  • In reply to WaitUntilNextYear:

    I'm not talking about bunting to move runners over. I'm talking about speed guys, like Javy, bunting for a base hit when the infielders are playing deep and the grass is wet. In a game like yesterday's, when nothing else was working, why not?

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    That is not their game. You don't do what you are not good at

  • In reply to WaitUntilNextYear:

    Please. What the Cubs have been "good at" so far this series is making a lot of outs. Every MLB player has been trained to bunt and has done it at some point. It's still part of the game. Not only can bunting produce baserunners, but the THREAT of a bunt can result in defensive changes that can open up holes in the infield. Bunting may be overvalued at times, but completely eliminating the bunt from a team's offensive strategy is not a smart move.

  • In reply to TTP:

    lol @ edwards being a wussy, he is and always been a pitcher who has control issues. not everyone is Mariano Rivera. I cant stand people who think every player should be perfect to make them happy

  • In reply to CubfanInUT:

    I wouldn't use the word "wussy," but I do see an issue with CJ's performance when things don't go well. If he gives up a hit or walk, things usually go downhill fast. Maybe that's a "control" issue, but it could also be an issue with mental toughness and confidence. He's a different pitcher when the pressure is on. I like Edwards and hope he can get on top of it. One of my favorite WS memories is him running across the field with that "W" flag.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    he is inconsistent. that pops up regardless of situation. maybe its "perceived" to not be an issue when up 3 cuz he only gives up a run or gets out of the jam with his great talent. but he does have and has always had control issues, which is more visible and scrutinized in the playoffs, but they have always been there.

  • In reply to CubfanInUT:

    The issue with Edwards is that he is either great or terrible.
    Not much of a gray area with him.

  • In reply to hoffpauir6:

    think thats the definition of inconsistent, which he has always beenc and until his inaccuracy issues are cured, that is who he has and always been up to now. he has never not been that guy. To all of a sudden think he isnt that guy is a problem with whoever perceives it differently

  • In reply to CubfanInUT:

    Can't stand people? Perfect? Just to make me happy? Please.

    What makes me happy is the Cubs winning. And Edwards has cost us big time and too often. So it's definitely time for a change. And it's not about being perfect, its about a consistent pattern of failure. As I said, he's a 50-50 proposition and that's not good enough, not even close. I'm not asking for or expecting 100% out of any of our guys. But his sh!t the bed enough for this series. He better not get another chance tonight, especially not coming in with a man or men on base.

    And if we get to the NLCS, I agree with Cliff1969, he's a guy who's got to be batter by batter and as soon as he puts someone on, get him the heck out of there. As Cliff says, if he give up a hit or a walk he usually pukes it up and I too see it as a lack of mental toughness, also known as wussiness.

  • In reply to TTP:

    lol @ too often. he has been one of the better relief pitchers in the league. again, everyone isnt mariano, even he wasnt perfect either.

  • In reply to CubfanInUT:

    Yeah, too often. As in two of his last three outings in the post season. Sorry, but that's too often for me. But, again, you miss my main point. It's about the big games, the big moments when he chokes. Last two post season series: World Series ERA: 6.75. This series ERA: 19.29. I've already complained about Joe's quick hook with our top starters. But if anyone needs a quick hook, it's Edwards.

  • Go Cubs

  • Justin Wilson is only going to pitch if the Cubs are losing big or it goes to extra innings. I mean come, you’re at least ostensibly a pundit.

  • In reply to Cubswin09:

    I don't believe I said he has suddenly become a high leverage reliever to be used tonight. I believe I was merely pointing out that getting a couple outs in the postseason should help his confidence. Left unsaid, since the focus is all on tonight, is that the Cubs paid a high price to have Justin Wilson for next season as well. Any signs that he is returning into that dominant reliever is a silver lining in my book.

    And ostensibly is as close as I will ever come to being a pundit or someone's opinion who matters in any sense.

  • In reply to Mike Banghart:

    Sorry, I shouldn't have been snarky. I hope Wilson is good next year. Now if Dusty were the Cubs manager, I could see him saying, "Hey, Wilson pitched good in mop up, I think I'll use him!" Madden: no chance. I'm sure Maddon is thinking Hendricks, Strop, Edwards, Quintana, Montgomery, Davis, and maybe Duensing. I hope Q doesn't pitch, but I'm guessing Joe is thinking Hendricks, Q, Davis.

  • In reply to Cubswin09:

    No offense taken, the last line was meant to be self-deprecating and playing along. Just wanted to clarify what I meant by including the stuff about Wilson. I agree that he is still the last guy out of the pen at this point. But it is nice to see some signs of life, and some justification for including him on the roster over Hector Rondon.

  • In reply to Mike Banghart:

    Go Cubs! It is 9:00 a.m. out in California, my eyes and nose are burning from smoke in the air, the sky is blood red, the Cubs are in game 5, and I'm feeling salty. Go Cubs!

  • In reply to Cubswin09:

    It's been a rough 48 hours in Cubdom, and you've got more on your plate than that. Indeed go Cubs!

  • In reply to Cubswin09:

    I disagree. I can see Wilson getting a chance tonight in a close game. Wouldn't surprise me one bit given our other bullpen failures in this series. That said, I'm hoping Hendricks goes 8 and we don't need anyone but Davis.

  • Would you guys say this is a must win game?

  • In reply to Kramerica20:


  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    Checking the math, but early indications suggest that this is accurate.

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    Not for my 2018 feel good.

  • The lack of hitting is really disappointing. Zobrist, and to some extent, Heyward were brought on board to help counteract the "swing and miss" at bats of Bryant and others. When they aren't hitting and the big guns are racking up the strikeouts, we get the results we've seen all series. Frankly, I'd rather see LaStella get a start at 3B than watch another game of KB flailing away at thin air. Schwarber has regressed significantly, too. Rizzo seems to understand that making contact can make things happen, but he can't do it alone. Someone needs to step up and the chances to do so are dwindling. Enthusiasm and confidence are fine, but getting it done is better, and the Cubs aren't.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Cliff, I understand the disappointment and anxiety, but really? Bench guys over 4 games? Bryant is your best player. He plays, period.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    I get it, you go with your best in October. Benching Bryant would be dumb. I'm just frustrated with his inability to put the ball in play.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    It is frustrating to watch right now, but should keep in mind that 6 of Bryant's 9 strikeouts have come facing two of the best right handed strikeout pitchers in the game right now. And tonight at most he should face one of them one time.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Me too. I am more frustrated by the guys who are supposed to be "contact" guys and they flail away as much as anyone. Regardless, Strasburg, Gio, and Scherzer are definitely K types of pitchers who can overwhelm a lineup. The rainout certainly hurt the Cubs in a short series.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    You can't really want to bench a MVP for a bench player

  • In reply to WaitUntilNextYear:

    No, but it would be nice if KB actually starting hitting like an MVP.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    sure Nats fans are thinking that of Bryce Harper.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    I think you said you would rather LaStella start over Bryant. You may want to ponder that one a little longer. While your doing that I am going to count my blessings that you are not in charge of filling in the lineup card tonight.

  • In reply to bleedblue:

    Better to be blessed than busted. Count away.

  • I wasn't dejected after last night's loss. We never had the lead or got the game tied up in the late innings. Game 2 still pisses me off as you just can't lose games winning 3-1 with 6 outs to go. Have to bring those games home.

    I think Bryant has a good game tonight and I feel good about our chances. A few early runs would go a long way tonight.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    Game two was one that the Cubs let get away, but nobody can be too pleased with the team's offense either. We are lucky to still be playing, if one considers we have had so few hits in this series. Fortunately, some were timely. I'd say it's time to break out the bats. Pitchers can't be perfect every game.

  • A part of me feels like I would rather have Q on the bump tonight. I know that Kyle has been the best pitcher this season. I just feel like with weather conditions they give the advantage to a hard thrower over a control pitcher. I hope it is just nerves talking.

  • Here's the thing, I was upset last night. It was a dreary looking game that was exciting early and soul crushing late and when you see opportunities missed against a pitcher having a performance like Strasburg did it pretty much sucks the life out of you. I understand why the bats have been cold, Scherzer and Strasburg are two of the game's very best, but tonight they'll likely only be facing one of them in Scherzer for a couple of innings. We should be able to have some success against the likes of Gonzales or Roark. If we don't though and this is the end I fall back on this; we are truly fortunate to have this team that is in the playoffs year in and year out. About the only the only team in a better position for the next few years are the suddenly surging Yankees and that's some nice company. We have guys that are easy to root for and tough to stay mad at. We're talking about meaningful baseball in October. I want to win folks, make no mistake that I want to badly, but in the end we have to acknowledge our good fortune and realize that it's great to be alive.

  • In reply to TC154:

    Hear hear. Feels great to be a Cubs fan

  • In reply to TC154:

    Agreed. But I’d add Houston, LA, and Cleveland to that list.

  • In reply to Stubbs:

    Houston doesn't have any money to keep improving and Cleveland is going to have a hard time recovering from their NLDS loss. They just aren't as stacked with young players as the Cubs and Yankees are. I'll give you LA though, tons of young talent there so they'll be around awhile.

  • In reply to TC154:

    I think Houston has a good TV deal. They can keep improving

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    As much as I was disappointed last night I am thinking about Cleveland. Think about them, losing in 7 last year in the WS and being up 2-0 this year and having the Yanks win 3 in a row, especially having the year they did during the regular season.
    I just feel that we need that 1 big hit, early in the game, to ignite this offense. It's too good to be so feeble. Of course, Wash could say the same thing, so I think it's important to get that momentum early.
    Go Cubs!

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Something looked wrong with Kluber, like he wasnt physically well. Hes been getting lefties out all year jamming them with cutters, and this series his cutter had no bite to it.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    All the pressure is squarely on the Nats, playing at home, and we all know what that feels like and what affect it can have. A couple early runs by an anemic Cubs offense would be huge, and could take the air out of the stadium, and their team.

    Saw this on twitter. Short sample size, of course, but it is a mirror of the Cubs season in general:

    Cubs ERA in the NLDS:

    1st inning: 2.25 ERA
    Innings 2-7: 0.00 ERA
    8th inning: 20.25 ERA (not a typo or misplaced decimal point)
    9th inning: 0.00 ERA

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    The 8th inning has been our downfall, not just this series but historically. I try and never say to myself "5 outs to go."
    This is where we really need a high OBP lead off man and the difference it can make. Let's hope we can change what we've been doing so far.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Why is all the pressure on Washington?

    Doesn't the Cubs offense have pressure to produce?
    Doesn't the bullpen have pressure to perform?
    Doesn't Hendricks have pressure to pitch deep into the game?
    Doesn't Maddon have pressuire to make correct in game decisions?

    I think the pressure is the same for both teams trying to win to advance

  • Just for the record, here are's 6 best pitchers in the playoffs (based on 2017 season):
    CLV Kluber……..66.5
    WAS Scherzer……61.1
    HOU Verlander…..60.9
    WAS Strasburg…..60.8
    BOS Sale………..60.8
    LAD Kershaw…..60.2
    ...and the Cubs are playing .667 ball against 2 of them. Not to shabby, I'd say.

  • Actually, I see a fairly clear statistical path to another Cubs WS victory. LA is obviously the biggest hurdle (although they have had very bad stretches), and to a much lesser extent, Houston. The Yankees are probably not a factor, but who is this Castro guy?

  • In reply to wthomson:

    See, I'd take another look at the Yankees. They match up well with Houston. I'm picking them to win it in 6.

  • Scherzer is pitching on 2 days rest. Even someone as good as he is will likely be affected pitching on short rest. Im betting Scherzer runs out of gas about the 4th or 5th inning.

  • In reply to mutant beast:

    As last year's playoffs demonstrated, even vastly superior pitchers need their rest. I'd be happy to go against Cy Young (may he rest in peace (;-) ) on two day's rest.

  • In reply to mutant beast:

    Why do so many say Scherzer is starting. I do not see that any where. All I see is TBD.

  • In reply to mutant beast:

    Scherzer isn't starting

  • Cubs faced elimination before and came through, Nat's no. We shall see, Hendricks pitches well in game situations. I have to work tonight and will have one eye on the computer/one eye on my HS gate duty.

    Dabynsky, it is baseball and in the playoffs more likely an unlikely hero than another but then again Cubs bats have been muffled.

  • In reply to rnemanich:

    didn't the Nats just face elimination and come through?

  • Nationals just announced Gio will start Game 5 vs. Cubs. Stay tuned for further announcements...

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Dang, I was hoping Dusty would do something stupid like start Sherzer on two days rest.

  • Lots of ways to look at this series, Cubs could have taken Game 3 & Nationals could have swept with the performances of Strasburg & Scherzer. Maddon has made some questionable decisions but so has Dusty too. These teams are very, very even in my opinion, slight edge to Washington just because of those 2 studs.

    All that said Cubs can still win the series but above everything they need to SCORE RUNS. Its painfully obvious!! They have scored 8 in 4 games (2 per game average), gonna have to do better than 2 runs tonight to win. It doesn't help Edwards, Lester, Davis etc when they feel like giving up 1 run will lose the game. Giving Hendricks and/or the bullpen some room for error tonight would be huge! Rizzo has definitely done his part and maybe Zobrist too considering the condition & pitchers but they need a pick me up for someone else. Plus scoring runs also will cause Dusty to get into that pen and you have to figure he will have a quick hook tonight. You also have to figure they want to avoid Scherzer if at all possible as he would set up for a possible game 1 in NLCS, he is recovering from an injury & would be pitching on only 2 days rest.

    Silver linings is that despite playing some of the worst offense baseball all year, including be not hit for nearly 9 innings, dominated in another start and playing sloppy defense the Cubs are still in a very good position to win. Have Hendricks throwing tonight with Q, perhaps Lackey behind him. Something has to give tonight.

  • In reply to Ronnie’sHairpiece:

    "Room for error" is my key takeaway from your post. That's what we need. Score 2 or 3 early off Gonzales and I think we win this game. Score 1 and maybe not because we're going to see 3 innings of Scherzer. Every single National pundit I've heard has Washington winning tonight, most have them winning in a rout. Let's prove them wrong.

  • In reply to TC154:

    You are correct TC! Cubs need runs in the first 3 innings and after the lineup card is put out its time for the players to take the game out of Maddon's hands and into Dusty's. Regardless of how we think of Maddon's move, the players have kind of forced his hand a bit, while we all may disagree or agree with them he has simply been trying to keep the game close. Cubs put crooked numbers up early and everything is turned upside down.

    Also very surprised to hear Washington pundits feeling that way, considering they have had the same problems as the Cubs and their history. Sure winning yesterday was big but it clinched nothing more than "you live another day."

  • In reply to TC154:

    This is the epitome of postseason baseball. All hands on deck and screw tomorrow. I'm ashamed to admit that I can't give proper credit to the source, but I remember an announcer commenting that there were "brains spilling all over the field" in a game several decades ago. That is what I expect tonight. We are deeper, and I like Maddon over Dusty.

  • In reply to TC154:

    A rout? What does Hendricks have to do to earn respect? At this point, I think he'll always be overlooked.

  • I think it would be incredible if Dusty were to start Roark, causing Maddon to react with a lineup of left handers, and then bring in Gio in the 2nd inning. Talk about gamesmanship !!!!

    Just hope and pray this game doesn't come down to Bullpens.

  • In reply to INSaluki:

    I meant to write, I think it would be incredible gamesmanship if Dusty were to do that. Obviously I am not rooting for that unless it awoke the Cubs bats.

  • In reply to INSaluki:

    To me, that would be too clever by half. Gio is much better than Roark. If Roark were to give up a number of runs in the first, it could really blow up on Dusty.

  • In reply to INSaluki:

    Dear Lord y'all give Dusty too much credit. The man is a mental midget. He does right by his players which gets him by, everything else is just reputation.

  • In reply to TC154:

    I saw a funny quote by someone before game four. It said that all the other managers were managing like their lives depended on winning that game. Dusty was managing like it was a June series vs. the Padres.

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