Tonight, the Cubs start the most important series of the season thus far versus the Los Angeles Dodgers. As expected, the Cubs took care of the Giants in an overall fun series to watch, finishing off with the best inning the Cubs might have ever had in franchise history. Relive the greatness below, as the FM home of Cubs playoff baseball let’s take a look at some storylines mixed in of course with some tunes.
Tale of the Tape
LCD Soundsystem – US v. Them
Season Series: Cubs lead 4-3
Run Differential +252 vs. Dodgers +87…advantage Cubs
Batting Average: .256 vs. Dodgers .249…advantage Cubs
Earned Run Average: 3.15 vs. Dodgers 3.70…advantage Cubs
Homers: 199 vs. Dodgers 189…advantage Cubs
I can keep going, but you get the point. The Cubs dominate them in virtual every statistically category. That’s called in the biz being better on paper, but let’s move on to one of the most important intangibles.
Yes, the Dodgers led MLB in home attendance but that’s just because they have one the of the largest stadiums in the MLB. Any Cubs fans going out to LA should be careful mouthing off around their fans. Remember when Dodgers fans almost beat to death a Giants fan after a game in 2011? As my good friend Jonah Hill once said, people don’t forget.
Clayton Kershaw STINKS in the Playoffs
The Smiths – Still Ill
If you’re a casual baseball fan you probably know his name from winning 3 Cy Youngs and being one of the most dominate pitchers in the game. In fact, he just saved the game for the Dodgers Thursday night pitching on 2 days rest and he’ll be ready to pitch on short rest all series long.
The lefty goes against Hendricks Sunday night and the Cubs will easily win. Why you might ask? Clayton Kershaw simply lacks the plums to pitch at a high level in the playoffs and brings in a HORRENDOUS 4.79 career playoff ERA into the postseason in 77 innings. That’s a lot of innings for a 3 time Cy Young award winner to be bad, and the atmosphere at Wrigley won’t help his cause.
This isn’t 2008
The Strokes – What Ever Happened?
Remember this moment?
This was the last time the Cubs faced the Dodgers in the playoffs and the moment this James Loney bomb hit the left field bleachers, the series was over. They got swept and really never had a chance. Luckily, guys like Addison Russell and Kris Bryant were barely in High School in 2008. This is a completely different Cubs team, and game four’s dramatic 9th proves once again that this team doesn’t quit.
Neutral Milk Hotel – Holland 1945
The prediction is quite simple for this series, the Cubs handle the Dodgers with ease and we all party like it’s 1945! I truly don’t see how the Cubs could lose this series, they have literally every advantage you could want, and for that reason I’m going with a staunch prediction of Cubs in 5. Fly the W.