I’ve never heard of that outfit, but am very familiar with 538. It’s easy to say the Cubs won’t win-they’ve been vindicated 108 straight times. One of the great underrated satisfactions that will occur if the Cubs ever win is that these snarky assholes who write bullshit columns dismissing the Cubs because they’re the Cubs will have to find new jobs for the rest of their lives.
Javier Baez is the one player on that team that gives me confidence – a Derek Jeter – Manny Machado type – never quit hard-nosed player.
Well, that’s 1. But it is a great 1. I like this a lot better than a 8-1, or 10-1, blowout. Cubs stayed in there on a night that could go either way, and they got the win. Haven’t won a 1-0 playoff game since 1906! (I got that from ESPN, the “source” LOL).
Okay, Cubs, you got your foot on their throat, but can you choke them out? Give. Them. No. Life.
Great win! If the wind is not blowing in that home run ball is over the Nuveen sign and bouncing off the building across Waveland Ave. He straight up MURDERED it! Feeling pretty good with Hendricks going tomorrow, he is certainly better than Samardzija.
Agreed Ernie. He’s the only hitter (along with Schwarber, but he’s on the shelve) whom I truly trust in these clutch situations. Maybe it’s because I’ve seen him do it before (e.g. Cardinals NLDS last year) but he comes through in big moments.
Indeed. Snarky asshole who are too lazy to do legitimate analysis.
Lester looking like the guy we were excited to get. Baez is awesome again. Soler had some big hits last year, so be interesting to see if he gets a chance. I think being up 1-0 will be a bit of a psychological boost for Hendricks. Not a must win tomorrow, but would be very helpful.
Nemo; I agree. Lester has come up huge this year. He has developed into a genuine ace. I don’t know the name of the Cubs pitching coach this year. But, he deserves a lot of credit for the great starting pitching we’ve got this year.
I usually don’t put a lot of emphasis on winning the first game in a series, but this game was huge. Not as much pressure to win game 2 on Hendricks shoulders. Nevertheless, they need game 2 to hold serve and put the pressure squarely on the Giants.
2-0. Don’t get cocky, Monday is Madbum time. Granted he threw almost 120 pitches in the Wildcard winner so perhaps he may be vulnerable. He is going to be under pressure on the brink of elmination with a Cub team likely playing very relaxed and out to have fun. Still there is that history where they win one and then win out, but if anyone can break that streak it is this Cubs team right here. Even the bullpen is holding up early on.