Well this team sure as hell gets me excited for the rest of these playoffs and the future. This team battles back from deficits and deals with starters going down with injuries and beat the team that won 100 games. I mean Javier Baez came up in a huge spot last night and provided. Now maybe he never even gets the opportunity to hit that home run if Jason Hammel doesn’t drive a come-backer up the middle to plate Starlin Castro. That was huge to start it off. Now I can say I did get a little nervous with the Cardinals tying it back up, but low and behold Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber tuck me in to bed and tell me everything is going to be ok by coming up with huge home-runs.
Now onto the NLCS. I can tell you right now I am glad they are going to game 5 which gets them a little more tired even though the Cubs probably exerted a whole hell of a lot of energy in the Cardinals series. But the playoffs must go on and there is a lot of baseball left for this team. Now this who’s next could come off as cocky and thats not what I am implying here, I am waiting for the team who is about to run into a red-hot Cubs team and boy am I nervous for them. This team is hot right now and that is what you need in the playoffs, so pretty much a recipe for success I would say. Now let’s look at these possible match-ups.
So if the Dodgers come out to win their game 5 I am nervous for their 1 and 2 starters but not really scared of their offense. I mean it isn;t the best, I would say the Mets are a scarier team offensively with Yoenis Cespedes. But the 1, 2 punch of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Grienke make me kind of nervous. But the Cubs have faced these guys before. Kris Bryant had Kershaw’s number in their game at Wrigley Field when he went deep twice on the lefty. But he beat the Cubs on the road trip a few days before Jake Arrieta threw his no-hitter. So Kershaw is 1-1 against this team and Greinke is 0-0 with a ND on June 23. Now we all know they are both amazing pitchers and have had career seasons. But Kershaw has had his struggles in the postseason and is constantly reminded of his struggles. I mean he is a dominant pitcher and could get over it, but we do not know which pitcher we will get. Greinke has been dominant all season and 1 run could be all he needs, but this offense won’t just score 1 run. I like the matchup against Los Angeles and would almost prefer it, but they had quite a clean record against the Mets this season.
The Cubs were 7-0 against the Mets in 2015. 4-0 at Wrigley and 3-0 at Citi Field. Now this Mets team is a completely different monster at this point, but I like both match-ups. The Mets have 3 dominant pitchers in Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, and Matt Harvey. Harvey has been limited all season and may not be as commanding of his pitches so theres that. Now deGrom is 0-2 and Syndegaard is 0-1 against this team. So they may have something to prove, but they also might be nervous to produce and these Cubs hitters could feast on that. The Mets offense scares me more in that they have Curtis Granderson and Yoenis Cespedes who are hot right now. Cespedes can turn on one and put one into the Milky Way much like Kyle Schwarber. Both match-ups seem to favor the Cubs who seem to be hot and nothing will be putting them out soon.
I think these two teams will bring something different to this matchup, but IMO the Cubs have already defeated the two most powerful teams in these playoffs with the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals. Those teams were the two best in the majors, now it seems to be these Cubs with the best record left of the remaining teams. I think they are strong enough to take care of both these teams, but there’s 7 games and we do not know what will happen. So to that, all I can say is Go Cubs Go and #FlyTheW. Oh, and #wearegood.