How are you doing today? Nervous? Excited? Nauseous? All three?
This is funny:
For me, I'm mostly finding the whole situation hilarious and nuts. Don't get me wrong, I'm as nervous as they come right now. But think about it for a second: we watch a sport that needs 162 games, not to figure out who the final champion is, but to figure the playoff seeding that will ultimately decide the winner. Essentially, they play 162 games to figure out who gets to play in more games. That's so many regular season games for the end result to be "not the end."
So on top of that, needing to play an extra 163rd game is pretty funny to me. And for the National League to need two of them is pretty incredible and even more funny.
If you're still trying to sort everything out, here's the gist specifically for the Cubs:
Cubs win today:
- Win the NLDS
- Brewers play in the WC against the loser of the Rockies/Dodgers 163rd game
- Play the Winner of the WC in the NLDS
Cubs lose today:
- Brewers win the NLDS
- Cubs play in the WC against the loser of the Rockies/Dodgers 163rd game
We Need Q:
I think it goes without saying, but if the Cubs want a great chance at winning today, they need a strong outing from Jose Quintana. I think Q is up to the task. For as great as the Brewers have been this year down the stretch (and they have been really great), Quintana has certainly held his own:
In 37.1 IP against the #Brewers this year, Quintana owns a 2.17 ERA, .88 WHIP, and has a 8.0 K/9.
Let's go. #Cubs
— Myles Phelps (@Mphelps11) October 1, 2018
That's good news for the Cubs. But if Q doesn't last, things could get ugly:
Bullpens could decide today's game. Brewers bullpen in last 28 games: 1.93 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 11.6 K/9. #Cubs bullpen in last 31 games: 4.02 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 8.4 K/9
— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) October 1, 2018
Brewers are cute:
— Tom (@Haudricourt) October 1, 2018
Milwaukee acting like they haven't faced the Cubs at least a million times this year already. There are no secrets for division foes. It'll be Chacin.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) October 1, 2018
Let's go win this freaking division.