Lowering the Bar
On a day the Cubs got semi-good news on Jake Arrieta’s injury to his hamstring, the bullpen wet their pants and gave up a lead late.
Sherm wrote the other day that we heard the sound of this team clicking. I’m still not buying it, and I’m an optimist. I believe that there is something to the concept that teams coming off a championship tend to struggle the following year. There is a reason we see teams that win even struggle to win the division the following year. I believe it’s because there is so much emotion around winning and reaching the top of the mountain that the hunger is not as strong the following year.
Thankfully, through this whole season, the Brewers, Cardinals, and Pirates have done everything in their power to open the door and let us walk through to the division title. There should be no reason that the series with the Brewers this weekend should mean anything. Instead, it’s a very important matchup.
I don’t know what we’re going to see in October, but I know we’ll be there and I know I’ll watch. I’m just not sure I’ll want to admit it.