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October 2017



NLDS Game 4 – Another Worthless Experience

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Well, there was nothing fun about that. For those of you who were fortunate enough to have completely missed the game, I’ll recap it for you. First, let’s take a look at the Cubs offense. {Pause for effect} Bwaahahahahahahahahaha. It’s funny because they had no offense. Sure, they squeaked out three hits, one of which went 34 feet, but for the most part – the offense was feeble. Kris Bryant had, in my opinion, his worst game offensively since his first day in the majors. Strasburg made him look silly. Four incredibly weak strikeouts, mostly swinging at pitches and not even coming close. Anthony “respect me” Rizzo was almost equally as feeble, but he did have one long at bat with a lot of foul balls. Still went 0-3 with a walk and two whiffs, but hey, I respect the shit out of those foul balls.

Let’s credit Strasburg – the guy bounced back from the Bubonic Plague on Wednesday to throw one hell of a game. 12 strikeouts. 3 looking. 6 swinging. Two with his eyes closed. One behind his back with a 6’ arc. No one could hit his changeup with two strikes, which is too bad because he threw it every time someone had two strikes. He did not look like he’d been on death’s door the day before. Maybe his nasal spray had steroids in it. Maybe he’s pitching tomorrow, too.

I think we should announce that Hendricks has gas. Or whooping cough. Whatever. And that Lackey is pitching. At the last minute, Hendricks says he’s fine, and he pitches! Brilliant strategy, no?

Speaking of Lackey – he did warm up a little in the ninth. Thank God he’s on the roster and got to do that.

Where was I? Oh, yes, the recap. Arrieta was good. Not great. Control issues again, and walked FIVE, but kept it together. Gave up a third inning double to Turner, and seemed to have pitched around it, but what should have been an inning ending 6-3 turned into a Russell error and an unearned run. So, Jake takes the loss, which is stupid, because, well, HE didn’t lose the game. For that matter, neither did Russell, really, because the Cubs didn’t score at all, and THAT is why they did not win this game. All runs matter.

Arrieta was relieved by Jon Lester. At first, I didn’t know if that was a good idea, but Lester was dealing. Pitched great, and even picked off Ryan Zimmerman at first base. Yes, you read that right. Nobody said “wow…looked like Steve Carlton for a minute” but hey, it was a pickoff, so…

Lester was terrific. Unfortunately, after a cheesy little single in the 8th by Murphy – and Lester with only 55 pitches thrown – Maddon decided to, well, be Maddon. He pulls Lester, who had given up NOTHING. The single was the only hit and it wasn’t hit well. He goes to Carl Edwards, Jr. who flat out did NOT have it. He didn’t have it for Rendon, who he walked, or Wieters, who he (surprise) also walked. I mean – WE all know that when CEJ doesn’t have it? He doesn’t just “find it.” But Joe let him go. You know, a good learning experience. Even let him throw a ball one to Michael “I have a middle initial, too, who gives a shit” Taylor. Then, Joe woke up and realized “holy shit, I shouldn’t have taken out Lester, but I have Wade Davis semi-warm in the pen!” So in comes Davis and he gives up a grand slam to the aforementioned Taylor. 5-0. And that’s how it ended.

Oh, Justin Wilson pitched a little in the ninth and didn’t hurt himself or anyone around him. By then the game was decided.

A word about Edwards and the coaching – it’s always so obvious when he hasn’t got it. Don’t the coaches see that, too? Bosio came out to talk to him, and that changes nothing. He’s either lights out, or (lights on?) whatever the opposite of lights out is. Bosio looks like he should be guarding a bridge.

Some Cub fans said the game two loss was no big deal. They got what they wanted – a split in DC. Well, Joe Maddon pulled Jon Lester too early in game two, and it cost a potential SWEEP in three. One that would have meant this series was OVER now. They say history repeats itself, but in a span of five days? Again he pulls Lester too soon, and…you get the point. I’m beating a dead Lackey here.

Highlight of the night. Ernie Johnson talking about a conversation taking place in the Nationals dugout. Maybe some of you heard it, too. Werth is talking to a coach. He’s talking to 72 year old Davey Lopes. Apparently Lopes has added 72 year old in front of his name, because Johnson CAN’T talk about him WITHOUT saying it like that. Anyway, he (Ernie) says, and I quote, “the nuggets come from that guy one right after the other.” It would have been a GREAT time for a Depends commercial. That’s all I’m saying.

I hope that Maddon allows Hendricks to pitch as long as he is being effective, and doesn’t pull him just to do it. He said tonight that Quintana will be available like Lester was. Just because it worked with Lester – please don’t pull Hendricks early to be clever. Let the game play out. Let the pitchers pitch. And let’s hope to God the Cubs can score some runs.


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