No other way to start this blog folks, but this game was a real kick in the dick for the Cubs. The Cubs fall to the Miami Marlins in game 1 of the Wild Card round by a 5-1 final. The Cubs came into this Wildcard round as the NL Central Division champs along with the three seed in the National league playoff seeding. The Cubs entered game 1 with vengeance after missing the playoffs last year for the first time since 2014. The Cubs and first year Cubs skipper David Ross put the ball in the hands of the professor Kyle Hendricks who ended the shortened 2020 campaign with a 6-5 record and 64 strikeouts.
In my opinion I thought Hendricks was the perfect guy to start in game 1 against this Marlins team that no one expected to be in the postseason. The professors is no stranger to big time crucial games. We’ve seen Hendricks pitch some of the biggest games in Cubs history. We’ve seen him on the mound in games 6 of the 2016 NLCS against the Dodgers, game 7 of the World Series, and game 1 of the NLDS against the Washington Nationals. Some would argue Kyle that he has been the most clutch pitcher in the teams history. Hendricks showed why he was so trusted to get the starting nod in game 1. Early in this game he escaped many problematic situations. However once again the Cubs offense can’t get any going after the Cubs jumped out tot a 1-0 lead thanks to Ian Happ’s solo homer in the 5th inning. But everything started to crumble like a cookie when the Marlins rallied and scored 5 runs in the 7th inning. It all started with a three run shot from Marlins outfielder Corey Dickerson that allowed the Marlins to take a late lead in game 1.
Once again though the Cubs offense struggled to get things going offensively. It just impossible for this team to get hot all at the same time. But let’s be real the only guy that has performed well and who’s over achieved this year is the guy that gave you your only run for the day and thats Ian Happ. Everyone else on the team has hit like dog shit compared to what we expect from guys like Rizzo or Baez, or Schwarber who didn’t even hit over 200 this year. However we know this Cubs team plays its best baseball when their backs are against the wall in the playoffs before. Ross needs to remind these guys that they’ve been here before. He needs to remind them about the game 4 of NLDS against the Giants when they were down 5-2 in the 9th and rallied for 4 runs to move on the the NLCS, Or when the Dodgers jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the NLCS, or fuck remind them of the most important comeback of them all and thats the 3-1 series that gave their first World Series.
This team has all the Potential to get hot and tie this series up for and bring to game 3. Going into game 2 I have never been so confident in an elimination game like I am going into this one knowing that Yu Darvish will be taking the mound. He has been by far the best pitcher on the Cubs staff since June of last year. Darvish has been pitching his balls off all years. The Cy Young candidate ended the season with a 8-3 record 93 strikes and a ERA of 2.01. If theres one guy i want to trust with the team’s season on the line its Yu. No body wants this moment more than Darvish does. This is his opportunity to go out there to show why he signed the big money contract, and why he deserves to be the Cy Young winner. If the Cubs offense can jump to a big early lead, theres no doubt in my mind that Yu comes out of that dugout dealing his stuff with confidence and will lead the Cubs to a deciding win or go home game 3 with Big Game Jon on the mound.