The Cubs are the NL Central champions! I’ll see myself out now…
They won in dramatic come from behind fashion. Oh and the guy behind it all wore a ridiculous fake mustache. And it’s Friday. Everything is coming up Millhouse!
The Brewers might not be a good team, but they still have power up and down the lineup. They used it early and often. Orlando Arcia hit a second inning solo shot and Ryan Braun did the same in the third inning against John Lackey. The Cubs answered in the fifth inning. Chris Coghlan singled to lead off the inning and Albert Almora hit a home run to tie the game. That tie last for just a single inning. Scooter Gennett hit a two out two run home run to put the Brewers back in front by 2.
The Cubs waited until the final inning before scoring the first runs not by homer. Willson Conteras had a good day at the plate for the first time in ages, and a lead off double against Carlos Torres started the rally. Chris Coghlan singled Contreras in to cut the deficit in half. Albert Almora flew out, and Tommy La Stella reached on an error by Chris Carter. Munenori Kawasaki was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Addison Russell hard hit ball drove in Coghlan to tie the game. Matt Szczur hit a fly ball, but it wasn’t deep enough to score the winning run. Javier Baez showed the old Javy striking out swinging without getting a single strike in the at bat. Aroldis Chapman blew the Brewers away in the tenth, and Miguel Montero greeted Blaine Boyer with an opposite field blast.
No awkward celebrations this year!
It wasn’t a great start by the final stat line, but Lackey did his thing keeping the Cubs in a game for 7 innings. The Brewers hit him around, but it took homers for the Brewers to get any runs. The fact that Lackey limited the damage to 4 runs with 3 bombs is impressive. Health is the biggest concern for the Cubs, but the pitching staff performing a peak levels is a second thing to watch. Lester and Hendricks are doing just that, but the other half of the postseason staff remains to be seen. Thankfully there is another tune up start or two left for Lack.
Playoff Roster Spots
A few weeks ago, Montero’s spot on the postseason roster was all but officially gone with Willson Contreras catching Jake Arrieta. It seemed like Montero’s only shot at the roster was as Jake’s personal catcher, but with that gone there was no reason to carry three catchers. Montero has heated up recently, and more importantly is hitting for power. The Cubs could use some left handed thump on the bench as well as the veteran’s ability to handle a pitching staff. Willson also had his best offensive game in weeks. Coghlan and Almora were also the driving force as the bottom of the order did virtually all of the damage this afternoon.
The Biggest Story
The Cubs “won” the division today in dramatic fashion, but this might have been the biggest story of the game still.
— Matt Clapp (@TheBlogfines) September 16, 2016
Less than 24 hours ago it seemed like we would be celebrating in this fashion.
Now it is.
Three Stars of Game
Third Star-Munenori Kawasaki (1-2)
His stat line wasn’t that impressive, but he had the highest WPA. And I will use any excuse to post this.
Second Star-Chris Coghlan (3-4, 2 R, 1 RBI)
There probably isn’t a spot on the playoff roster, but he is looking like the guy that was a valuable part of the 2015 Cubs again.
First Star-Miguel Montero (1-1, 1 HR)
Walk off star.