I have never written about the Cubs in the postseason, having started BN in the winter of 2008 (after the playoff sweep). October, then, always has an odd feel to me. I call it my “down” time of the year, though two of the last three Octobers have been filled with a non-player search of some kind. In any case, every October, I can’t help but wish it wasn’t my “down” time. I’d love to be covering some playoff baseball …
- To that end, but not involving the Cubs, there was playoff baseball last night, as the Pirates beat the Reds 6-2 in the NL Wild Card Game. I’d reckon most around here are happy about that outcome, what with the general distaste for the Reds and the pat-them-on-the-head-they’re-so-cute feelings for the Pirates. The Pirates jumped out to an early lead, and the game never really felt like it was in doubt (except for a few seconds before a would-be three-run homer off of the bat of Todd Frazier curled just foul). The Pirates will now face the Cardinals in a best of five to head to the NLCS. Safe to say we’ve all got the same rooting interest?
- At one point in last night’s game, the collective Pirate fandom in attendance chanted “Cueeeee-toooooo, Cueeeee-toooooo” and Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto literally dropped the ball on the mound. He gave up a homer on the very next pitch. Coincidence? Maybe. Distracted? Maybe. Whatever the case, that was a crowd that was *into* it, and I am happy for Pirates fans today.
- Brandon Phillips says the Reds choked, for whatever that’s worth.
- MLBTR takes a look at the Cubs’ arbitration-eligible players, something I also plan to do, but MLBTR is well-staffed and fast. So, while you await my take, go ahead and give their version a look.
- Jim Callis with a very early look at the top of the 2014 MLB Draft, in which the Cubs will pick fourth. For now – and things can always change over the course of another amateur season – the 2014 draft is believed to be better and deeper than the 2012 or 2013 iterations.
- Jesse Rogers reviews the Cubs’ infield.
- A humorous look at the faces of Dale Sveum by the Tribune (you have to scroll down).
- (In case you’re wondering, yes, there is a ton of managerial search stuff to discuss today. That’ll get its own attention.)