NLCS Game 1: No reason to worry

NLCS Game 1: No reason to worry
Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune

It’s worth recalling
Game one of NLDS
Cards four Cubs zero

It might seem strange, in the wake of Saturday’s loss to the Mets, to bring up the only other Cubs loss in more than a dozen games. But last night’s loss gives Cubs fans no reason to worry about the team’s chances to reach the World Series.

Just over a week ago, the Cubs began the National League Divisional Series against the Cardinals with a loss in St. Louis. The score was 4-0, with the Cubs managing only 3 hits. Jon Lester was stellar through seven innings, giving up just 1 run in the first inning before a Tommy Pham home run sparked a 3 run Cards rally in the eighth. John Lackey allowed just 1 Cubs runner before Addison Russell got the Cubs first hit to lead off the sixth inning.

Saturday’s NLCS opening in New York ended with another Cubs loss against another dominant pitcher. Matt Harvey was perfect through 4 innings (Joe Maddon called his control “outrageous“) before Anthony Rizzo was hit by a pitch to become to Cubs first runner. One pitch later Starlin Castro doubled, Rizzo scored and the game was tied.

Maybe Castro didn’t hustle out of the box, turning a possible triple into a double. Maybe he shouldn’t have been sent around third when Javy Baez singled two batters later.

But we didn’t even have those “maybes” in the loss to the Cards. In my view, the Cubs played better baseball last night than they did against the Cards last week.

So, despite the loss, I don’t worry about this team. Neither does Joe Maddon, and neither should you. There’s a reason it’s called “home field advantage”. I expect the Cubs to take it back tonight just as they did against the Cardinals, and I look forward to being at Wrigley Field on Thursday to see the Cubs become National League Champions.

 

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