I don’t know why, but yesterday’s loss feels a lot like that. After that game last year, I has so despondent that I did not even want to watch game 7. I knew in my heart that the Cubs would not win. When you have that big of a letdown, it’s just too hard to get up for the next game. I am deathly afraid that is what is going to happen now for these last four games.

Really, when you look at the standings, the Cubs still control whether or not they have a shot at postseason play. Despite being down a half game in the race, both SF and the Cubs are tied with the Astros in the loss column. So, if we win today and SF wins today, we go into the final series of the year with a three way tie for the last playoff spot in the National League.

In my opinion, today’s game in critical for the Cubs. Win today and we still have a nice shot at postseason. Lose today, and I will seriously consider putting my playoff tickets on E-Bay. Not much else to say. There really isn’t a need to over analyze it. Just Win Baby!!!!

Update (10:45am) – Word out of the Arlington Daily Herald says that Dusty is sticking with a certain reliever from the Hoosier state as his closer.

Cubs manager Dusty Baker is sticking with LaTroy Hawkins as his closer – at least for now.

“Right now, that’s who we’ve got,” Baker said Wednesday after Hawkins blew his ninth save of the season in 33 chances during a 4-3 loss to the Reds.

“We’ll address that when he gets here next time.”

If there was any bright spot to the loss, it came with Kyle Farnsworth pitching 2 scoreless innings in relief after Hawkins left. Farnsworth, who has developed a nice slider, struck out the side in the 10th and recovered with a double play and a strikeout after a leadoff single by Juan Castro in the 11th.

Baker said any decision on changing closers would come only after talking with pitching coach Larry Rothschild.

“Farnsy’s been throwing the ball well,” Baker said. “But I can’t tell you before I discuss it with Larry and the people involved.”

When will Dusty learn that Hawkins is a setup man? That’s what he does well.

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail