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NLDS Game 3 : We Won, So Act Like It

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If you took all of the negative energy in sports and bottled it up, shook it, and released the cap and let it explode, the discharge would look something like a chain of Cubs related Twitter rants and hot takes. Monday’s game was no exception. We could create a whole new professional baseball league with all of the brilliant baseball minds out there.  I am not above the ability to critique a lifetime baseball man and World Series Champion manager, but for the love of Banks and Santo, I seriously think some of these people are still trying to live in the age of the loveable loser.  At Any Rate, Game 3…..

The Offense

There was little. The End.

Okay, sort of kidding but not really.  I mean, it was Max Scherzer, a somewhat compromised Scherzer at that, but Max Scherzer on the mound.  You typically wont come out and chase him a few innings into the game.  The scary thing is he still didn’t have his stuff today, especially at the outset where he was leaving some breaking stuff up in the zone. That said, Scherzer, Okay?

So of course Scherzer takes a no-no into the 7th inning, and just when you thought he may expedite the Cubs off-season plans, Zobrist totally redeems himself (we’ll get back to that) and breaks the thing up with a double.  Almora follows with a single that drives in Zobrist and the Cubs are tied.

I really thought the eighth inning would bare more fruit, and at some point this Cubs team may start stepping on the throat of other teams when they get the chance, but these playoffs feel like a survive and advance mentality is taking hold.  Rizzo comes through with a two out bloop duck fart to center that scores a runner and we have a lead.

Thus ends the offense portion of our broadcast.

 

The Pitching

Quintana ain’t so bad either though.  It says something when you can hold the current Nationals to one run.  To be honest I think he got pulled early, and here comes a critique from a guy who would probably suck as a baseball manager in real life but likes to play one on Monday afternoon, I think I could have lived with Joe leaving Jose’ in the ballgame to face Zimmerman.   Nothin’ for nothin’, but 2016 Strop I liked a little more than the 2017 model.  Just my hot take backed up by very little other than hot air and perception. Things like this are so much easier to say when I am right and Zimmerman makes us pay, like he did.  All of this said, Strop rarely starts an inning fresh. He adopts runners almost every time out and the guy has to feel sort of screwed. At any rate, make a change and pay the price …1-0 Nats.

So as you read above, the Cubs offense quickly answers and ties it up, and then, as if to double down in the tie game, Maddon taps Carl Edwards Jr.  It’s at this point where I believe Twitter started shooting out Cubs hot takes with the force of Montezuma’s Revenge. Hang on…a side note if I may, have you ever had Monty’s Revenge? Just imagine a seismic shift in your bowels out of nowhere and you get about a 10 count to find a porcelain nest for your ass to do it’s best Jackson Pollock routine.  Rinse a repeat until you have no more fluids to give.

So where were we, yes, Carl Edwards Jr. Game 3 version was better then Carl Edwards Jr. in Game 2.  He draws no blood, we take a lead in the eighth and Wade Davis comes on to give us yet another inning of beautiful closer action. We win, Cubs take series lead with possible clincher at Wrigley.

 

In the end, a win’s a win

Even with the ugly fielding from Zobrist and Schwarber early on, and going up against one of the games best pitchers, the Cubs pulled out a win.  One timely hit from Rizzo (cause that’s what he does) and some solid starting pitching and mostly solid relief makes for a recipe good enough to steal a few games in the postseason.

Being that it’s the playoffs, every win is a beautiful thing. The Nats are already starting to talk about, “We just gotta get it back to DC…” and the Cubs, well they know what they gotta do…they’ve been there.

 

  • Adam Peters

    Nice job Chet.

    One thing though: to hear you tell it, Quintana was responsible for the lone Nationals run, when it was 100% Kyle Schwarber’s fault. As Ron Darling said, in MLB that a ball that needs to be caught 100% of the time. Any other outfielder on the Cubs, including Zobrist catches that ball. Hell, I catch that ball, and I’m a 48 year-old cancer survivor. That sounds like a sarcastic statement, but it’s not. I really would have caught that ball.

    But, as you say, a win is a win. And any time time a team makes 4 errors in a game and wins 2-1, especially in the postseason, they should consider themselves extremely fortunate.

    • Doc Raker

      I believe that run was unearned due to Schwarbers error.

      • Adam Peters

        ErrorS. And of course it was.

      • cap’n realist

        Yeah…that’s an error with a force multiplier.

    • Chet

      Dead right Adam, not Q’s fault…..didn’t tie it together very well there with the statement made later on the errors.

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      I really blame Maddon for Kyle’s errors, he should have pinch ran for Kyle when he walked to lead off the 5th inning. That was the first time the Cubs could have put pressure on the Nationals without losing multiple Schwarber plate appearances.

  • Kyle

    Surely this means Almora starts over Schwarber today, right? RIGHT??!!

    • Adam Peters

      I don’t think it means anything of the sort. And don’t call me Shirley.

  • Doc Raker

    I thought Schwarbs was giving him a 4 base error, it seemed like forever for him to chase that ball down after he muffed it and then kicked it. I was listening to Pat on the radio and he said, Schwarber drops the ball….and now he has kicked it away…………..I thought we had a little league home run on our hands.

    Great win! It should be interesting to see how Jake does today.

    • Eddie Von White

      I hope Jake can call up the inner-post-season Jake and kick their collective booties and put this thing away. I’m very nervous waiting. We’ve been around these parts long enough to know that it’s not in the bag until the last out. I don’t even feel like eating today.

      • Doc Raker

        Are you vibrating? Chomp with the vibration to get the food down

  • Buddy

    That game took years off my life!

  • Adam Peters

    I looked on the radar, but I didn’t see the massive cloud of irony that is surely floating over Wrigley this morning: Dusty pulls his starter early and the reliever immediately gives up the tying run? C’Mon!

  • Buddy

    Please, please, please start Ian Happ today!

  • Brad Lyerla

    Thanks Chet. Well said. Any undue negativity from my end is withdrawn with apologies.

    I too wanted to see Quintana face Zimmerman. How about Quintana? Great poise out there in a tough situation. Very nice.

    After Quintana, my favorite thing about this game was that Maddon came back with Edwards in the eighth including against Harper. Joe showed faith and Edwards performed. I loved that.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    I have noticed that this year, for me, that I do not have the usual doom and gloom feeling after losses like Saturday or big errors like what Schwaber committed. I have this feeling that the Cubs will come back and make things right. Last night just put an exclamation point on it. Has anyone else noticed a difference?

    • Sherm

      Too busy gripping a vibrator, or whatever it was I was supposed to be doing.

      • Eddie Von White

        Pat was so excited during the run scoring innings for the Cubs. The way he announced the game, there was no way the Cubs could lose – if that makes sense. If it doesn’t, too bad. You had to be there.

      • Eddie Von White

        Whatever you did, it worked.

      • Seymour Butts

        You need to hold it softly…like a baseball bat. You want to hardly know it’s there. Gripping too tightly throws off your swing path.

  • Karen Hirsh

    I cannot believe Schwarber is in the line up tonight. Does Maddon have a death wish. Get rid of this guy.

    • Doc Raker

      Karen- getting a little grumpy. Schwarbs is due for a bomb especially of their 4th starter, this is where we want our thunder. One good swing

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        I am looking for a Baez bomb, after the required 6 innings of not getting any freaking hits.

      • Karen Hirsh

        You can’t have a player on your team who may hit a bomb once every 5 times he bats and also the same player cannot play the outfield. Get realistic.

  • Adam Peters

    Again Maddon effed up the R-L-R-L thing when he hit Zobrist’s (S).

    And mark my words: this is a bridge too far with Zobrist in RF.

    • Bryzzo1744

      I’m tired of Zobrist hitting 5 and Bryant-Rizzo-Contreras 2-3-4. I’d like to see them 3 in the 3-4-5 spots, and Schwarber 6. Zobrist should be hitting in front of them

  • Bryzzo1744

    If game 4 doesn’t get played today, do you pitch Hendricks in game 4, throwing him on full rest?

    • Doc Raker

      I don’t. Arrieta is a stud. We have to get to Strasburg and if we don’t we got Hendricks in game 5. We still have the advantage