Chicago Cubs 2016 NL Central Championship Gear

Just stop forcing other teams to play games in St. Louis, man.

The Cubs couldn’t get out of a bases loaded, nobody out situation in the 10th, and the Cardinals got a walk-off dribbler.

That came after the Cubs had a 2-1 lead – after a fantastic Jake Arrieta performance – that they lost late. It would be easy to rail on Pedro Strop for blowing the lead in this one (first career homer by Greg Garcia? really?), but he’s not the reason the Cubs’ offense managed just two runs despite John Lackey having nothing and the Cubs putting runners on base all night.

(Also, on Strop: when he’s on, he’s as good as there is in baseball. But he’s so binary – when he’s not on, it’s clear within four pitches, and you just have to get him out of there as quickly as possible. The leash needs to shorten up a bit.)

The real problem was the Cubs’ failure to get runners home.

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