NLCS Game 3: No need to panic ... yet

NLCS Game 3: No need to panic ... yet

Still optimistic
But fans on verge of panic
If Cubs lose tonight

The Cubs made bad history again on Tuesday night. It was the first time they suffered two straight shut-out losses since May, 2014. It was also the first time in franchise history they failed to score in two consecutive games in the post-season.

There was a silver lining to Sunday’s 1-0 loss at Wrigley in Game 2 – Cubs pitchers held the Dodgers to 3 hits, with the game’s only run coming on a solo home run. But Tuesday night’s 6-0 drubbing was more disconcerting. The Cubs offensive slump continued, and by the time the game reached the late innings, fans were just hoping for a run to avoid another shut-out.

I’m not in the mood to discuss or link to videos of game highlights by the Dodgers so there’s not much to say about the game. But let’s remember that the series is just 2-1 at this point. A Cubs win tonight makes it a 3 game series and assures at least one more game at Wrigley Field on Saturday.

It’s hard to believe Cubs bats will remain as weak as they’ve been, so it’s not completely irrational to remain optimistic.

One popular account on Twitter reflected the “we’ve been here before but this year is different” attitude:

While optimism remains – albeit shaken a bit – the reality is that a loss tonight would bring us to full panic mode with no more room for error. But rather than end on a negative note, I’ll leave you with this:

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