What a weekend at 1060 W. Addison, the Cubs did exactly as we all hoped and cruised to a 2-0 series lead against the Giants. Tonight, they face playoff legend Madison Bumgarner, who is riding a ridiculous 23 straight scoreless playoff innings streak into the game.
Let’s recap the weekend that was and take a look at tonight’s game, I was at game two Saturday and the atmosphere was absolutely electric.
As we all know, the wind at Wrigley can majorly impact games and Friday was no different. Lester and Cueto exchanged 0’s and it made for quite the impressive pitching matchup. Cueto was keeping Cubs hitting off balance all night by consistently changing the speed of his delivery, a tactic I love and wish more pitchers implemented. It was no match for Javy Baez, as he crushed a pitch that would of ended up on Waveland on a normal day, but just barely made it out with how windy it was. Chapman shut the door as Buster Posey tried to do his best Javy impression, but fell victim to the wind. How sad.
I arrived to the ballpark about an hour early and could tell the energy was amped up from the moment I stepped off the red line. The Cubs definitely had the better pitching match up, as Jeff Samardzija was forced to face the team that he turned down a 85 million dollar contract two years ago. It didn’t help his cause that he bad mouth the Cubs this year, and they made him pay as he exited with no dignity after just 2 innings. Tons of anti-shark comments all night, a move I disagree with as he was one of the only bright spots during the grind and because of his stubbornness, gave us Addison Russell.
Thanks, Jeff. At least you have great hair.
The Travis Wood Experience
The most nerve racking moment came when Kyle Hendricks got hit with a line drive and taken out of the game in the 4th inning. The mood throughout Wrigley was “Oh no, we just lost one of our Cy Young candidates for the playoffs”. Have no fear, the longest tenured Cub crushed the first pitch he saw for his 10th career home run, his first since July of 2014. Shades of Kerry Wood in game 7 of the 2003 NLCS.
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Prediction For Tonight
In love with the lineup tonight. After getting no starts in the first two games, it’s time for Soler to put on a show. The only mini qualm is Zobrist in right, you would think Joe would want a top notch outfielder in the massive abyss that is the Giant’s right field. The key in the game is Jake being Jake. We will know early on if he is in cruise control, I predict a 2015 NL Wildcard like performance on the road from him. Cubs win 3-1 and sweep the poor Giants.
Fly the W!