Perplexing Playoff Points
The magic Number has dwindled to 2 as our boys in blue showed October mental-toughness in a series victory versus an especially pesky Brewer club. As they continued to do their best 2015 Cub impersonation, the Cubs delivered a divisional knock out blow.
But that’s not what I want to talk about.
No more playoff push. It’s playoff prep.
I will leave this open ended as I am looking to generate a spirited discussion as we head to the final week. As we prep for the first 3 straight playoff appearance Cub team since 1908, I have begun asking myself questions in roster and lineups. In games where ‘everything’ is on the line, then who starts? What is the lineup? The answers may not be as clear as you think.
Beyond Rizzo and Bryant, I am stumped. Jon Jay has been the best backup I didn’t know I wanted. Zobrist brought me so much joy last year and is returning to form. I have 2 middle infielders who I want in every game I can, but have to sacrifice a WS MVP to play them. I love Schwarber’s bat and always will, but is he a starter when you need at bats for Happ?
This situation is easier on paper. If Lester doesn’t pick it up this week, do you hope ‘Big-Game’ Jon shows up in the playoffs. Gun to my head, my playoff rotation is Arrieta, Hendricks, Quintana.
Wade Davis finally had his ‘balance his luck’ moment on Saturday. Would you really want Wade going into the Playoffs perfect? I personally like seeing a guy can be human and recover. Does Joe trust anyone not named Montgomery or Edwards? Do you?
What do you think?