So, I didn’t watch any of the game last night due to a previous engagement. But, apparently, it went swimmingly. The Cubs reduced their magic number to 1 to win the division.
The Cubs scored a bunch of runs by hitting some home runs (fucking finally). They also pitched really well. The White Sox didn’t.
Both teams seem to be limping into the post-season. It would be nice if the Cubs figure some shit out before the post season.
What is there left to say? A lot has been made over free agent pitcher contracts and whole hell of a lot of them don’t really work out. But when you shop at the elite level, you sometimes get elite. Suffice it to say that the $155MM the Cubs gave Jon Lester has paid off handsomely. It seems that the $121MM they gave Yu Darvish is poised to follow. Last night, Darvis tossed 7 innings. He gave no runs on a scattered 3 hits. He walked one and only struck out 5 and maybe that’s worth getting into but I’m not going to.
He finishes the year with a 2.01 ERA and 3 fWAR in about a third of a normal season. Jacob Degrom goes against Max Scherzer today and if he doesn’t match what Darvish did yesterday, there’s a good chance the Cubs’ ace will get himself a Cy Young award. (Yes, I’m aware the fucking weirdo in Cincinatti might throw a few innings on Sunday but whatever).
The Cubs offense finally showed up. Led by Willson Contreras’s two home runs, Kyle Schwarber and Javy Baez both got of the schneid, too. The recaps I read mentioned opposite field home runs, too, which seems like a nice sign.
I guess there was a hell of a bat flip from Contreras after his first home run. I just saw it. It’s spectacular. Watch it here.
This is beautiful.
The White Sox are really struggling heading into the playoffs. It appears the offense has been carried by Tim Anderson and Jose Abreau lately and they didn’t do anything last night, so neither did the Sox offense. Yoán Moncada and Luis Robert are showing some growing pains. They’ll need to get their shit togteher if teh Sox are going to make any kind of a run.
Not to pile on but Dylan Cease has just been meh all year. It seemed to have shown last night. He gave up 5 ER on 5 hits and a couple of walks. The Home run ball got him, he gave up bombs to Schwarber, Contreras, and Baez.
Jon Lester heads to the mound in what might be his last start as a Cub in Chicago. I wish I could be at Comiskey tonight to watch it. The Cubs offense will try to continue to figure shit out against Dane Dunning. Get the win and the division and everyone can take a deep breath and gear up for Wednesday.