Sometimes we don’t like our job and if it wasn’t for the Blackhawks winning 4-1 against Columbus on Saturday every single team in Chicago would’ve lost this weekend. The Bears Lost in OT giving up a lead in the fourth quarter and then allowing Megatron to haul in a 57-yard completion in sudden death essentially ending the game. The Northwestern Wildcats got destroyed by Iowa 40-10 for their second straight blowout loss, and of course the Cubs lost both games in New York this weekend despite having their two aces on the mound.
Yes the NLCS is what we’ll be talking about and as hard as it was to watch this weekend, it’s even harder to write about on the off day. Chicago mustered just three runs this weekend and never really put any pressure on the Mets in any of the 18 innings played. Game one was a better game for the Cubs to win, but bad pitch locations by Lester and some sloppy defense allowed the Mets to eek out a closer win than on Saturday Night.
Game two was a complete disaster as Jake Arrieta in his last two starts has started to look more like Baltimore Oriole Jake Arrieta than Chicago Cub Jake Arrieta and while he got away with it against the Cardinals because of the bats at home, Chicago could do nothing against Noah Syndegaard last night. Chicago mustered just five hits which was equaled to their total the night before but their chances were far fewer than on Saturday. The feeling in the ballpark of confidence for New York was so much so that when Daniel Murphy hit the two-run home run in the first inning he pumped his fist as if it were the eighth rounding first base.
The problem now for Chicago is that they had the starting pitching advantage coming into the series and now they don’t. Tomorrow Night the Mets will throw their ace against Kyle Hendricks; Jacob deGrom comes into the game 2-0 in the postseason with a 1.38ERA and 20 strikeouts in 13IP. To make things even more daunting are the guys deGrom defeated in those two starts. deGrom opened the NLDS in LA against Clayton Kershaw and got the win, he then closed them out in Game five back in LA against Zack Greinke.
The bottom line is that the Cubs need to hit, this was their biggest issue going into the series and they haven’t done so. They had in essence four days off before this series started and it appears as though their bats went cold along with the weather on the east coast. The Mets on the other hand have obviously ridden the momentum from a Game Five win in LA to a now commanding 2-0 series lead. The Cubs cannot win the series at home and will need to go back to New York as a best case scenario. The Cubs will get deGrom tomorrow and Steven Matz on Wednesday before a potential rematch of Game One hopefully. The warm weather is arriving just in the nick of time for the Cubs as the game time temperatures for Game’s Three and Four will be mild for the most part. Hopefully the warm weather heats up the Cubs bats and they can even the series before a Game Five. The Cubs need to sweep in Wrigley!
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