Cubs 8 @ Dodgers 4 (Box Score)
We’re going back to Chicago, folks!!! When I last posted, things looked grim with the Cubs mired in a slump of scoreless innings. Since then, we’ve busted out and now have the momentum. Here are my notes from last night’s win.
- Jon Lester has been the ace of this staff all year and he showed it again last night. Of all the pitchers on this staff, I have the most faith in Lester right now. We worried a little about the idea of stolen bases and the running game that the Dodgers planned to employ, but overall it wasn’t much of a factor. There were times, but I didn’t feel like Lester was ever rattled by it like Rich Hill was when he had Anthony Rizzo on first base in game 3. I sometimes wonder if Lester is hustling everyone and is going to one day bust out this wicked pick off move in a massively huge situation and blow everyone’s minds. All he had to do was throw to 1st and he had guys picked off last night, but he chose not to. This might be a situation like in White Man Can’t Jump where Sydney and Billy are just hustling their opponents.
- Joe Maddon went with the Aroldis Chapman two inning “save” and I hated it from the moment he started warming up. Chapman has said repeatedly he doesn’t like the multiple inning outing, but has gone to Joe and said he is available if needed. I don’t see the need last night to call on Aroldis in the 8th. Why do we have guys like Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon, who have been in big situations before, if we’re not going to use them. Has Joe forgotten that Strop has the power to call on the souls of his dead grandparents? Use these guys and put Chapman in a position he is most likely to be successful. It’s almost like Maddon’s manager button got spilled on and it’s now all scrambled. Stick to the plan that got us here. Stop over managing.
- For the 2nd straight game, the offense has delivered, particularly Addison Russell. Another two run homer for Addy and it was a huge one. I jumped out of my seat and yelled “He did it again!!!” as soon as he connected.
- In a rather creepy interview in game, Matt Szczur revealed that Rizzo had used his bat before and that the night before, Russell had worn Szczur’s underwear.
Since Matt Szczur's bat has fixed Rizzo. Perhaps Matt could offer everything he owns to Jason Heyward.
— ViewFromTheBleachers (@vftb) October 21, 2016
- Javier Baez is a bad man. His play last night even had Doc Raker send me a text apologizing for wanting him traded. You’re forgiven, Rake.
- Cap’n Obvious had the opportunity to attend the game in person and sit next to the one, the only, Marla Hooch from A League of Their Own.