After dropping a series in Los Angeles against the Dodgers, you probably saw a bunch of hot takes from media and bloggers alike about how the Chicago Cubs are flawed or whatever. It was nice to get back home to Wrigley Field, where Anno saw the Cubs force extras before he had to leave, though they were able to squeak out a come-from-behind victory on Monday. I got to see a more conventional win on Tuesday. And Wednesday night was more of the same (winning-wise, anyway), as Tommy La Stella returned before they welcome the San Francisco Giants to Wrigley Field.
We saw the Cubs clinch a winning record for 2016 last week, and their magic number shrunk to 16 tonight. At 85-47, they are far and away the best team in the majors, with a gigantic lead for home field advantage in the NL playoffs and the ability to just take it easy, rest players, experiment a little, and wait for Thursday’s roster expansions. With just 30 games left, the Cubs aren’t so much worried about winning every game as they are about staying healthy and effective. They are at least making most of the defensive plays:
But we were never worried, were we?
Cubs' front office really stressing over this finish pic.twitter.com/K7SnQjT1VG
— Matt Clapp (@TheBlogfines) September 1, 2016
Anyway, now that the Cubs made the Pirates walk the plank (again), it’s time to set up against the Giants as August ends…
San Francisco Giants @ Chicago Cubs
The Giants come into town after a major skid to open the month of September, but are clawing their way back to the NL West lead as the Dodgers have faltered as well. It would be sweet if the Cubs can add on their current 15 game division lead, and continue to build on their home field lead too. First things first, have to win at least a couple against the Giants.
Friday, September 2
1:20 PM Central
TBA vs. Jon Lester
TV = WGN, Radio = WSCR AM 670 The Score