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October 2017



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.



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