It's been a long while since I've been able to get back on this Monday morning writing thing. Sometimes, the "real" job gets in the way. But what a better time to pick it back it up than when the Cubs magic number is 5. Also, my new iPhone comes today. What a special week already!
Good Schwarber is Good:
Kyle had himself a day on Sunday with a homer and a double. To see him in the lineup and hitting well gives me goosebumps. If this is him playoff ready, that's a huge boost to a Cubs offense that seems to disappear at times. That makes me much excite.
But that good day at the plate wasn't the only reason Good Schwarber is Good. During that second inning yesterday, Chicago City Alderman, Ed Burke, was presenting Hawk Harrelson (who was calling his last game in the booth) with some made-up honor that the City Council had just voted on. During the middle of Burke explaining what it was, Schwarber went yard. It was just so...perfect:
IM SO SORRY HAWK THAT YOUR SPECIAL MOMENT WAS INTERRUPTED pic.twitter.com/DfNtUAzHQn
— Al (@From_Alec_) September 23, 2018
As it stands right now on this Monday, Kyle 'The Professor' Hendricks is your number 1 pitcher in a playoff series. In his last two starts he's pitched 16.1 innings, given up 1 run in each start, struck out a total of 13, and only walked 1 (yes 1) batter. For a team that doesn't really know where they stand with their bullpen, a guy that can give you at least 7 innings is going to be a very, very nice tool to have.
The Magic Number:
It stands at 5 right as of today. The Brewers start a three game set with the St. Louis Cardinals today while the Cubs kick-off their series against the Pirates. That's a whole lot of NL Central action [Reds fans everywhere simultaneously kick dirt]. Both the Brewers and Cardinals are still in the hunt for those two wildcard spots and it's an important series for both clubs. The Brewers, as we know, are still in contention for the division while the Cardinals are trying to hold off the Rockies who are just 1.5 games back of that second WC spot. Ideally, the Cubs can sweep and the Cardinals can sweep. That would all but wrap up the divisional race. But that doesn't seem likely to me.
Every game from here on out is a must-win (obviously alert). But let me remind you, this is what having a competitive team is all about. Playoff races, tight games, struggles... now it starts to get interesting. I've certainly lost that perspective at times this year. This fun. We are having fun. Let's have fun.
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