ernie, you posted this awhile back…I’m wondering if Miller will end up being “the one that got away”, his work lately has been stellar…
June 6, 2016 at 9:30 pm
“Genre: Lester pitches a solid game; 8 innings of shutout ball giving up only 4 hits. Maddon takes him out after 95 pitches and a 6-0 lead.
I like Maddon, but his bullpen use is stupid! He puts in Grimm who can’t get anybody out and gives up 3 runs on 3 hits. Then Rondon comes in and gives up another home run and 2 hits. He finally gets the last out. But a 6-0 laugher turns into a 6-4 nailbiter. All because that pen is horrid!
If they can get Andrew Miller from the Yankees for some top prospects, I say do it. This bullpen is not going to be there to shut the door come October. That is their huge weakness.
Piling up wins looks real good in June, but it doesn’t mean diddley in October when you are facing the Mets, Giants, Nationals, or Dodgers and need three outs to save a 2-1 game.”
I tend to agree. Lester would probably pitch Game 5. Dodgers struggle against southpaws. To me, that’s a must win unless Cubs win Game 3 and Game 4. Then, Dodgers will be forced to use Kershaw on short rest Game 5. Even if Dodgers win that, I’d still like our chances in Game 6-7.
Genre: If Arrieta fizzles, like he has the past month and a half, then Maddon will have to go with Lester in game 4. They’ve got to get that game because you know Kershaw will start game 5.
I’ve been reading some comments on other blogs and the general feeling is Maddon must make changes in the lineup. He cannot keep trotting out Heyward out there against left-handers, and Russell cannot stay in the 5 hole. Maddon’s stubbornness is starting to anger me.
Finally, that Kershaw performance was lights out, like Josh Beckett in 2003, and like Schilling and Johnson in 2001. When you have a pitcher like that it gives you a huge advantage against a team that struggles to get any offense going. All the Dodgers need is one good performance from one of their other pitchers, and with Kershaw looming in the future, that’s all they’ll need.
I will stay with my prediction of Cubs in six, but it is on really shaky ground after that Kershaw game. He made the Cubs look like Little Leaguers.
Hendricks and the pen only allowed 1 run and 3 hits…but the Cubs walked SEVEN batters (4 by Hendricks, who probably would have pitched longer had that not been the case)…man, they were LUCKY to only give up one run!
Kershaw (total domination) and Jansen were indeed lights out…1 walk, 10 strikeouts, only 2 hits.
And now it’s “broken record” time…Rizzo MUST start hitting.
Genre: Rizzo has that “deer in the headlights” look when he enters the batting box. So does Russell.
You’re right, Russell isn’t a “bat” like Rizzo. They can drop Russell, but they really can’t drop Rizzo. They need him to get in the game. He looks lost, scared, confused up there. Like a kid who just found out his lunch money was gone.
He may turn out to be the Cubs version of “A-Rod.” Great guns in the regular season, but can’t do anything in the post-season. He has to come out of it. I don’t think they can win it unless he does.
Joe has tweaked the lineup tonight. Fowler, Bryant, Zobrist, Rizzo, Baez, Soler, Russel, Montero, Arrieta. I like it. Rizz and Russell should see better pitches like this. Zobrist is more likely to hit with men on base. And Jake can hit too, better than Heyward (lol). I think the Cubs offense will wake up tonight. If not, no world series for us!
Anyone wish Dustdick’s Nationals had won their series? No way would he beat the Cubs. He would make stupid pitching changes and beat himself. We contained both Harper and Murphy during the regular season, we could do it now.
I thought the Cubs would match up better against the Nationals, but the specter of Murphy killing us again and Dustfuck winning was too much. Be-FUCKING-sides, when you win 103 games, you should welcome all comers and send them FUCKING GOLFING-not to the World Series!!!!!!
They couldn’t hit off a tee right now. I think they are too busy watching the delivery with the silly leg kicks. Just follow the biggest fundamental of hitting: Don’t watch the pitcher, keep your eyes on the damn ball.