Brett is on his way back to Ohio now, so I’ll be tackling your bullets this morning …
Well, the Chicago Cubs dropped their fourth game of the NLCS last night, which means the Los Angeles Dodgers have advanced to the World Series for the first time since 1988. Even though the Cubs obviously had a much longer drought than that, 30 years between NL Pennants does feel pretty long, especially for a team with the market and resources of L.A. – says the guy from Chicago.
In any case, I was at the game last night, and it wasn’t a particularly fun one, given how early and often the Dodgers scored, and how, once again, the Cubs’ bats couldn’t do much of anything. But I was still happy to be there (and I mean that both literally and figuratively).
Fans don’t usually get this many chances to see their team in the NLCS in such a short timeframe, so don’t take it for granted.
- But I will understand if you’re a little disappointed. Although the Cubs did nearly everything we could’ve hoped for back in April, it didn’t really play out the way we imagined, right? There was a seemingly never-ending divisional battle, then a painstakingly stressful NLDS, followed by an NLCS which felt like it was over before it started. The outcomes were all OK(ish), but the journey just didn’t feel right. Brett had some additional thoughts on the matter here.
- But here’s the thing: The Cubs are likely to be favorites in the NL Central AGAIN next year. Their core is still young and growing, guys like Ian Happ and Albert Almora are only just getting started, and the rotation is anchored by the likes of Kyle Hendricks, Jose Quintana, and Jon Lester. It could be worse.
- I don’t see how I can get through these bullets without pointing out that Enrique Hernandez hit three homers last night after hitting just 11 HRs in 140 games this season. With that said, 10 of his 11 regular season homers in 2017 came against lefties, against whom he has a .579 SLG and .309 ISO. It’s no surprise, then, that two of his homers last night were against lefties Jose Quintana and Mike Montgomery.
- On the other side of the league … the Astros and Yankees will play Game 6 tonight in Houston, with the Yankees up 3-2. It’s been an epic comeback (and season) for New York and, frankly, it’s hard not to root for them.
- Phil Mushnick has a take so bad in the New York Post on Why baseball doesn’t need more Yasiel Puigs that, at first, I wasn’t sure if it was satire or not. Here’s the opening line, “If you were raised to love baseball and to recognize the smart, winning kind from everything less, the Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig is insufferable.” Yep, can’t love baseball and have fun at the same time. Impossible. Moving on.
- Cubs pitchers walked only two batters last night, but that was a stark change from the rest of October. Over ten postseason games, the Cubs walked a ridiculous 53 guys, which, yeah, that’s WAY too many. Theo Epstein is taking responsibility (via 670 The Score): “It’s sort of systemic across the board. So we have to find a way to address that going forward, and we will.” Epstein went on to imply that the front office will target reliable strike throwers for the bullpen this offseason.
- Joe Maddon discusses John Lackey’s uncertain future.
- Kris Bryant finally hit a home run last night … with the Cubs down 9-1:
- Sigh … Goodnight, Wrigley Field:
— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) October 20, 2017