This is it. No more Cubs baseball. What are we going to do with ourselves? *whine whine whine*
Well, for starters, we can tune in to the MLB postseason, which should be plenty exciting. The Cubs will be retooling soon, but let’s worry about that later on. Right now we’re lamenting the lack of regular season baseball *tear* and that our Cubs are now in hibernation…but they’ll likely come out of it rested and hungry.
Let’s check out the final series of 2014.
Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers, Miller Park
Cubs 6, Brewers 4
W: Ramirez (3-3) L: Nelson (2-9) SV: Rondon (28)
Javier Baez had struggled at the plate. He had only four hits in his last 10 games but he collected three hits and two RBIs in this game alone. Jorge Soler also drove in two runs and Chris Coghlan hit a leadoff homerun to help the Cubs to the victory. Eric Jokisch was making his first big league start. He went four innings and gave up one earned run on three hits, walked four and struck out one. He didn’t last long enough to get a decision. The Brewers were 2-for-18 with runners in scoring position and stranded 11.
Brewers 2, Cubs 1
W: Peralta (17-11) L: Wada (4-4) SV: Rodríguez (44)
The Cubs couldn’t handle Brewers’ starter Wily Peralta as he struck out a career-high 13 batters. He finished with a line of one earned run on five hits and walked one over seven innings. Cubs’ starterTsuyoshi Wada took the loss in his last start, giving up two runs over five-plus innings. Wada started over Edwin Jackson who was moved to the bullpen and came in to pitch in the seventh inning, and miraculously didn’t allow a run. The Cubs lone run came in the third on Anthony Rizzo’s RBI double.
Cubs 5, Brewers 2
W: Turner (6-11) L: Fiers (6-5) SV: Rondon (29)
The Cubs didn’t lose because Anthony Rizzo was awesome. Arismendy Alcantara, when he wasn’t striking out, was also awesome, plating a pair of runs on a double. Jacob Turner ate five innings and the bullpen did the rest. With that, the Cubs ended the season having won their final series against a division rival, and improved substantially in the third full year of Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer’s supervision.
Next up: 2015
We’ll be picking up on coverage of the postseason and also the offseason moves as players get added or dropped off the 40-man roster. We’ve picked up a few more random authors (hi guys!) that you’ll meet over the offseason and throughout spring training, so keep an eye on the new folks! I’m eagerly awaiting the start of postseason baseball, which begins with the American League wild card game on Tuesday night, and I hope you guys tune in too.
Lastly, I just want to say thank you to the boys at WSD for another great season, especially big thanks to Anno and Rice. Also, thanks to you guys for being with me throughout the season and for the support you give us. I will blog here and there during the offseason, and I’m looking forward to the Cubs Convention. So, it’s not good bye, its talk to you soon.
Thanks for reading and as always, Go Cubs!