You knew it was going to happen.
One day after being eliminated from the National League Central division race, the Chicago Cubs were eliminated from the National League Wild Card race as well. No, they can’t even qualify for the second wild card. It’s done. Finito. Over. Ende. Sorry. And even if they won, they might have been eliminated tonight anyway if the Cincinnati Reds ended up beating the Los Angeles Dodgers. At 60-82, they are also assured a losing record. Again.
The Cubs couldn’t score enough runs against the Milwaukee Brewers and remain in the basement of the Central. The good news is that they still haven’t been no-hit since the Sandy Koufax perfect game, so there’s always a small victory in there to cheer about. Scott Baker didn’t suck. Junior Lake homered. James Russell sucked. Such is 2013.
Now a lot of you have moved on to football/#handegg and that’s cool. I’m still watching baseball. The Cubs have time to beat last year’s record and avoid 100 losses. They have some arms and bats to evaluate in a short September. There are some impact players to look at coming up. It’s not the end of the world. See you next year if you’ve checked out, and good to have you if you’re toughing it out until the bitter end and into October baseball.
No Cubs in October though, I’m afraid.