The players believe they’re going to the World Series and I love their confidence, but things seem to “happen” in LCS, so I’ll never believe it til it happens.
We do have our pitching set up well. Mets would have to play game 1 after flying cross-country the day before. They are NOT the same team we swept earlier in the year-much better offensively. However, we are a better team now too.
Kershaw just pitched on 3 days rest last night and would have to do it again to start Game 1 Saturday. Greinke is pitching Game 5 Thursday which means he proba
+bly wouldn’t be available to Game 3 of LCS-which will be in Wrigley. I like our chances, but Cubs traditionally don’t play well in LA.
There is only one team I thought was better than the Cubs-the Cardinals (not by a lot, but probably enough). Turns out they were no longer better-Cubs passed them up in just a few short months. I don’t see any reason we CAN’T win the LCS-other than history. However, these Cubs burned their history books and put the ashes inside the baseball that Schwarber sent to the moon last night. The fans are confident, no sense of dread that previous teams taught us to feel.
Personally, this isn’t a ton of fun-it’s stressful and deadly serious. My dream is to have the Cubs lose a post-season series and not be completely devastated by it. That can only happen if the Cubs win the World Series (preferably more than once). Maybe we can get the first one this year?
We all said we would be willing to take 2 steps back to see this team move ahead if you could see a plan in place ….i can see the cubs contending for years…..i watched lesters introductory press confrence he said i am not here to contend in 2016 and betond i would not have came here if i did not think we are ready to win now….
Nemo, I know what you mean…this sure seems “different”….but I’ve witnessed too much abject failure by the Cubs in my lifetime to be “relaxed” about any of this….(even if it’s “only a game”).
To this day, the thought of Steve Garvey (1984) makes me SICK https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMIJ3QRMQIw …as does the thought of Will Clark (1989) and his annoying high pitched whiny voice https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGXnWDwcAoI . But for me, 2003 trumps all: the Cubs should have never lost that series to the Fucklins but that’s what happens when youre so called “manager” is a complete fucking moron and an asshole. In my opinion, blaming Steve Bartman for the Cubs eventual choke and loss of the 2003 NLCS Series is one of the most PATHETIC things that has ever occurred and a low point in the history of Chicago Cubs fandom….had Dusty Baker – the toothpick chomping idiot as some have been known to call him – been 1/10 the manager that Joe Maddon is, the Cubs would likely have won Game 6 or 7 and advanced to the World Series in 2003.
I was NOT expecting the Cubs to contend this year. I would have been pretty happy with a “normal” 3rd place finish…only one 3rd place team (other than the Cubs) won 85 games (LA Angels). The other four 3rd place finishers had 71 to 81 wins (cue Yeti),
Defensive liability, but possibly an offensive upgrade.
Cubs are 7-0 vs Mets, however, Mets have played much better and are a bit hot like we were during the final months of the season. Dodgers had a better 1-2 SP but the Mets have the better 1-4 SP. I’m mostly concerned with how Hammel/Hendricks will match up with them.
I love what they’ve done. But, sorry, until they actually win, I won’t believe it till I see it.
Got jacked up about this teams chances too many times in the past to get jacked up now.
The 1969 Cubs was a very good ballclub, and they spit the bit.
The 1984 Cubs was even better. Up 2-0. Only needing one more game, and Rick Sutcliffe waiting in the wings, and they coughed it up.
The 2003 team overachieved, but still, only 5 more outs!
Nope. Gotta do it on the field this time for me to get excited.
I actually LIKED Steve Garvey before that game. After a Cubs-Dodgers game (about 1980) in Wrigley, I saw a kid stick a program through the cage that led to the clubhouse and Garvey stopped and signed it for him. Seemed pretty cool. But, after that home run, I hated the fucker. Before he even finished rounding the bases my dad’s friend called up and said “I’ll bet you anything the Cubs lose Game 5 tomorrow.” Sadly, he was very right.
I don’t know why I don’t remember 1989 LCS that well, but certainly I remember Game 2. Overall, it didn’t hurt as bad because it’s not like we were close to winning it.
2003 was definitely the worst. A lot invested in it after our trip to Atlanta for games 1 & 2. Plus, Game 6&7 at home, studs pitching.
I DO Blame Bartman for a part of it. Asshole did not have his head in the game. So many times on TV you see fans scatter and let a player try to make a play on a foul ball-even catch a guy so he doesn’t get hurt. He needed to get the fuck out of the way. Can’t think of any time since 2003 where a fan had such a disastrous result.
That said, the way the Cubs reacted was extremely pathetic and showed the lack of character of the team. From Alou and Prior losing their shit to Baker fellating his toothpick instead of going out to talk to his rattled pitcher. And people forget Alex Gonzales had a key error that contributed to the disaster of the inning.
And of course, in theory, Bartman had nothing to do with Game 7 the next day-people have forgotten that the Bartman game didn’t eliminate the Cubs. But teams just don’t recover from devastating losses like the Bartman game the next day. Of course Kerry Wood (among others) fucked up the next day. I knew he would-just like Sutcliffe did after the Garvey home run. If Baker couldn’t talk to Prior, is anyone surprised he couldn’t/wouldn’t talk to his team to help them get over the debacle.
This year, I thought the Cubs had a shot at 5-10 games above .500 and maybe the 2nd wildcard depending on how things went. 97 was a shock. But, by now, it’s not a shock. They have a reasonable chance of getting to the WS. But of course, the odds were good in 84.89, and 03. We shall see.
Trying to figure out why Arrieta is going 2 instead of 1 here. An admission of a tired arm? All kinds of guys pitching on 3 days rest. Arrieta could theoretically pitch Games 1,4, and 7 that way. An ego stroke to Lester?
After Game 4 in Florida in 2003, I bought a bottle of champagne. After the Cubs choked away the WC in 2004, I threw it out. Couldn’t stand having it around anymore and couldn’t drink it. Not this time. Maybe if we’re up 14-0 in the 7th inning up 3 games to 0-I’ll THINK about running out and getting some.
I agree with you Ernie. I picked the 7th, because I wanted time to get back to see the 9th. But we have things to work on before that unlikely scenario can take place.
Same old shit for Lester. Get behind early, let the opposing pitcher build his confidence. Of course, elevate your pitch count. Good enough to keep it somewhat close, but never good enough to beat another team’s top starters. If you want Lester to win while still allowing 3-4 runs in 6+ innings, start him against your opponents worst starter. This is why I wanted Arrieta 1-4-7. Sure as fuck don’t want Lester going out there on 3 days rest.
Not panicky-yet, but realistically a must win Sunday night.
I have been worried all August and September about Arrieta’s pitch counts and all anyone wanted to say was “He’s in such great shape, he’s a machine.” Well, machines break down. I wanted to believe Maddon wasn’t riding him too hard like Dustfuck, but it seems he did.
So, we were all worried about this bullpen, but it hasn’t allowed a run yet. Too bad the games were over before the bullpen even got in the game.
Let’s sign David Price and win 105 games next year and have another “stud” pitcher who can’t perform in the playoffs.