Hendricks and Chapman did what Cubs fans have been wanting for decades: shutdown starting pitching that relied on great defense as well as Ks, and a closer than can quickly choke off any chance of a rally (see: game ending double play ball).
The Cubs made the most out of everything Kershaw gave them. They got the run scoring hits when they needed them, and the two homers were icing on the cake.
DONE. FUCKING. AROUND. World Series, here we come!!!
You could hear the disappointment in Joe Buck’s voice as he watched Kershaw get lit up like the Fourth of July. Fivethirtyeight.com has the Cubs at a 63% chance of winning the World Series even without home field advantage. I say we wrap it up in 5 games, maybe 6. This offense will do to Indians pitching what they did to Kershaw last night. Get early leads and keep them, make Andrew Miller irrelevant. If Kyle Schwarber is to return, I would keep him on a very short leash, especially if he is not producing. Friday afternoon I was reading the blogs on this site about the 2008 NLDS. Hey FroDog, you can return to Cubs fandom now.
I predicted Cubs in six for the NLCS. So, hopefully, I can do it again in the W.S.
My prediction: Cubs in 5. Cubs win games 1, 3. 4. and 5. The celebration will be in Wrigley. It’s only fitting.
Why 5? Because Cleveland starters are not as good as either the Giants, or the Dodgers. And, I think the Cubs lineup is simply superior to the Indians. I don’t think the Indians have seen anything like the Cubs this year. The only area the Indians have the edge is bullpen.
I was watching the game with my fiance, and when the Cubs were up 3-0 after 2, I told her that it could easily have been 5-0 or 6-0 at that point. History was telling me to go for the jugular but hell, they got it done. It’ll be interesting to see if Schwarber comes back to DH; I ve heard nothing yet about how he’s done in the Arizona Fall League; what, 2 days so far? I like Ernie’s train of thought about the Cubs in 5. Who the hell ever thought we’d even be able to think this way? Even though there’s no way I could ever afford to get into Wrigley, I’d love to at least be in the neighborhood except for the fact that I had knee surgery last Tuesday. I’m terrified of walking in the grocery store with the prospect of somebody’s unruly brat running into me, much less big crowds, so I’ll just sit here with my leg up and enjoy the ride. Scott, you going to be visiting the folks during the Series?
Schwarber was 0-3 Saturday with a walk. Two groundouts and a flyout that could have been an extra base hit. He was blasting homers in BP though. He is in BP today before a game. The hacks sounded pretty good, but I would prefer him to just be in the dugout as moral support although I know how good it would sound to hear that a walkoff pinch-hit SchwarBOMB won the World Series for the Cubs. He is high bust potential right now if he doesn’t hit anything and a LaStella or Coghlan could have produced but were not on the roster.
Schwarber was 1-3 with a walk and a run scored on Monday. He hit a single, and legged it out into a double, then scored on a homer. Theo said he had exit velocities on his contact of near 110mph, that is promising. I mean he was not hitting 97mph fastballs, but it looks like he may DH tonight. Theo and Joe know best, I suppose.