The Cubs return home after what at first appears to be a disappointing series win in Kansas City. You really wanted a sweep, and losing the last one in such silly and belching-like fashion is something of a kick to the solar plexus. But it only looks bad when combined with the split with the Padres before, as 4-3 against two of the worst teams in MLB would definitely not get a "satisfactory" on the report card...
It’s survive and advance time. After splitting at Wrigley, the two teams are locked at two games apiece, and it comes down to which one wins in Washington tonight. The series going five games should not be terribly surprising; these teams are evenly matched. Tonight the Cubs will see Gio Gonzalez again, who was formidable... Read more »
Until the eighth inning, this game had all the makings of a Cubs win and quick 2-0 series lead, albeit an unexpected one. Removed of the frustrations of watching Carl Edwards, Jr. and Mike Montgomery hang just enough pitches for the Nationals to score five runs and eventually win, the first two games have actually... Read more »
Last night Kyle Hendricks pitched in another pivotal October game and held the Nationals to just two hits across seven innings, taking the first game of this series for the Cubs. This afternoon, Jon Lester makes the first Game 2 start of his career, and the Cubs are in shape to leave the District of... Read more »
Maybe I haven't been paying attention in recent years, but I don't remember a "playoff preview" this early in the season. And I don't mean a series between two good teams that TV and marketing staffs pump up that way in order to make three games in July seem more than they are. No, I mean, this is what's actually going to happen in October.
Ok, getting ahead of myself. Do that sometimes. Brewers are only half-game back. Right there in the mirror. Larger than they appear and all that. But...c'mon. We know what's going to happen here. And thanks to the Dodgers' mutant season, we know that the Cubs and Nationals are pretty much locked into each other here. The chance to avenge Dusty will come when the season ends.
We know the Dodgers will face the winner of a coin-flip between Arizona and Colorado. We're basically waiting around for seven weeks here. And we have been for a bit...
Many of us still scarred by the 2015 NLCS watched in resigned frustration today as Daniel Murphy spoiled Kyle Hendricks’ fine start. There’s always the Daniel Murphy though, the guy who becomes 2001 Barry Bonds when he’s playing against the Cubs. Aside from his pair of home runs, this afternoon’s game was the kind of mundane... Read more »
I don’t particularly feel like writing the traditional recap tonight, so I won’t. There’s an air of almost toxicity around the Cubs that felt impossible less than a year ago, and today was an intense slice of that. As for tonight’s game, we know what happened, and most of us would rather turn away anyway.... Read more »