Look who we woke up. Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell and the rest of the Cubs’ bats. For all the LA Times reporters who were pre-reporting on the Cubs choking and subsequent demise, look again. They’rrrrre baaaa-aack. And they’re in the driver’s seat. I’m sure the columns posted on the walls of the Cubs’ clubhouse made for ideal motivational fodder for Joe Maddon. Now, they get to face Kenta Maeda tonight in a must-win Game 5 for the Dodgers. Yes, MUST-win. And Kenta is simply not a must winner. He’s going to get shelled. It would be extremely difficult for me to believe otherwise. The Dodgers, meanwhile, have to face Lester. So, it’s back to Wrigley with the Blue down 3-2, backs against the wall. The Cubs will not lose two in a row in Wrigleyville. They just won’t. They’re too damn good. Think last night’s game was important? Yeah, pretty much.
They should just stop using instant replay. I mean, if they’e not going to use it properly, then why use it at all? Of course, the world knows, A Gone was clearly safe on the play at the plate that would’ve given the Dodgers a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning. Would it have changed the outcome of a 10-2 Cubbies blowout? Maybe, maybe not, buy you have to get the call right. How in God’s name could New York not have seen that he was safe? This whole not having visible proof bullshit has gone far enough. If you can’t get the call right, then just get rid of replay. It takes too much damn time anyway. It seems like the Joe Buck (I think it’s no secret he hates the Dodgers) and the whole country outside of LA and the officials and umpires in Chelsea New York are all on the Cubs bandwagon. Even the Ravine is filled with Cubs fans. I think A Gone is right. It certainly is the Dodgers against the world.
How sick are we of everyone handing the Cubs the Commissioner’s trophy in June and July? Apparently, they already made a bat for the supposed curse-breaking champion team of 2016 to sign. You can buy it for $129.99. Come on. The games still have to be played. Unfortunately, the Dodgers momentum has been dropped like a ton of bricks. Not just because of that stupid call at the plate, but because they played like crap. With dreams and miracles, the big question is, “When will we wake up?” and “How long will it last?” Did the magic and the dream finally come to an end last night?
I think the Dodgers are making a mistake by starting Maeda today instead of Kershaw. If they can win today, they can maybe even pitch Clayton again in a Game 7 if he’s needed. Unless the Blue can score a gang of runs against Jon Lester, Maeda will lose tonight, there’s just no doubt in my mind. Maeda is terrible. By starting Kenta, they’re essentially conceding Game 5 to the Cubs. But, in deference to Doc, Friedman and Zaidi left him with very few options.
Some quick notes:
Congrats to the Tribe. Outside of Cleveland, who saw that coming?
Why did Doc leave Stripling in so long? He was clearly awful. It might have been less of a blowout if he takes him out sooner.
Grandal needs to have better at bats. The home run the other night notwithstanding.
Why is Kike playing 2nd base? Ever? We have Utley AND Kendrick?
Utley needs to start hitting.
Joe Buck after Puig’s great diving catch and throw: ‘He can still be electrifying every now and then.’ What? Is Puig an aging outfielder whose career is on the wane? Puig is always electrifying. Not always great, but always electrifying.
Baez looked like vintage Baez from the first 2/3rds of the season. Terrible.
Well, everyone, I applaud how far we’ve gotten and I’m proud of this team, but I don’t like our chances now. We need more Clayton and more miracles.