Baseball adventures of a Cub fan living in Southern California
Hot Takes: NLCS Game 1
I’d hardly qualify Javy Baez as the every day second baseman.
Lots of solid contact early against Kenta Maeda. With the wind blowing out, this could be a very good thing
Dave Roberts has my vote for NL Manager of the Year.
Sending Adrian Gonzalez home with 2 outs and Howie Kendrick coming up was just a dumb move.Unless something catastrophic happened with the relays to the plate there is no way Gonzalez scores.
I think Javy Baez took the lesson to heart about hustling in every at bat. His hustle is currently bordering on dangerous…and I like it.
If Justin Turner makes a better throw to the plate (i.e. lower) Javy is nailed.
“Even the mistakes seem to go the Cubs way” is not a phrase–or sentiment–that I am accustomed to during my lifetime.
It takes a lot of guts for Joe Buck to mock other announcers.
Jason Heyward has erased at least a month of crummy regular season tonight alone.
It looks like Dexter Fowler has been eating his Rizz-Os for breakfast!
Justin Turner looks like the AMPM mascot
FS1 sure has a lot of gratuitous crotch shots.
During the in-game interview (which I hate) I love the fact that Jake Arrieta would stop the interview to react to what was actually going on around him and on the field.
I just noticed that the standings flags atop the scoreboard have been removed, leaving just the flags for the Dodgers and Cubs. Very cool little touch.
Anthony Rizzo’s glove is more than carrying his lack of offense, and that’s ok, if not ideal.
I think this Javy Baez kid may be good at baseball.
Watching Pedro Baez pitch is painful. He is the reason that a pitch clock is going to be instilled.
Jon Lester pitched a good game, but that “wind-aided” home run cancels out a few of the times the Cubs defense bailed him out. It is a hard call, and in years past I would criticize it pretty heartily, but with the current bullpen, I think things will be OK. Until they’re not.
(^See? Still a classic Cubs fan at heart)
Evidently Joe Maddon didn’t learn about using relievers for more than a batter in Game 3 of the NLDS. Things look OK…for now.
The 8th inning is where the dark thoughts come from.
The reference to Bartman on the foul ball to Anthony Rizzo was completely unnecessary. The fans literally played no park in whether it was caught or not.
Joe Blanton lost enough Angels games that I attended, I feel like he owed me one. Or five.
I questioned the move to bring in Miguel Montero rather than Willson Contreras. What the heck do I know?
The Cubs need to go 7-6 at this point to win the World Series. That is absolutely doable for this team!
Despite the score, this game was saved by the Cubs defense!
If tonight is any indicator, I may not survive the next few weeks. I think in the grand scheme, I’m ok with that.