It’s post-clinch time for bloggers, too.
With apologies, I’ll admit up front that I saw the first few innings of this one, and then attended to some previous engagements. So, that is to say, I missed most of tonight’s game.
From what I saw, Jon Lester was hitting his spots reasonably well early, but was still giving up a whole lot of hard contact. The final line looks nice at least, and I’m assuming he once again looked better as the game went on, but I can’t say it’s obvious he should be starting the first postseason game this time around (the slot that would get two NLDS starts if necessary). Anywhere in the two through four slots, though, seems reasonable.
Offensively, the regulars got a little game action in, and then yielded to the bench in a Spring-Training-like fashion. It was nice to see Albert Almora get into the game, and it’s incredible that he apparently avoided a serious injury after what looked like a sure-fire season-ender earlier in the week.
Everyone got in their work, the Cubs won the game, and all is well.