If you’re going to have a hangover, you better just make sure you had a damn good time partying.
The Cubs did, and they did.
So, then, with the NL Central locked up, and games being managed in a way entirely disconnected from the way you would have done so just a few days ago, I have absolutely no reaction to the Cubs getting pasted by the Brewers today. The results, even the extent of them, don’t affect me.
The individual performances do, however, at least make you pay attention. Health is paramount, but, staked to an early 3-0 lead, you’d have liked to see Jake Arrieta with a better outing. Once again, he was solid enough through five innings, but the sixth inning bit him. It’s still not impossible to see Arrieta dominating in the playoffs – because he has that ability – but it’s becoming increasingly difficult to see a total 180 in his command precision before those playoffs roll around. Incremental improvements at this point would be welcomed. Even this version of Arrieta can help the Cubs win playoff games, but probably not in the dominating fashion you’d want. I’ll be interested to hear his and the coaching staff’s thoughts on this outing.
I also didn’t love seeing Carl Edwards Jr. give up a couple long balls, but that’s been a rarity for him and it was a really good day to hit long balls. Edwards he also struck out three, so, shrug.
In the end …