Since the last time we checked in, the Chicago Cubs have continued showing that they are the best team in MLB, despite not exactly blowing out the San Francisco Giants this Labor Day weekend. With this series, the Cubs have reduced their magic number to clinch a playoff spot (and the division) to just 11, and can pretty much just coast and rest and do whatever the hell they want between now and October, as long as everyone stays loose, healthy, and effective. I can’t say enough about the will and resiliency of this team, but that’s more narrative. The Cubs are very good in pretty much every facet of the game, and even the most unobjective hater has to recognize that this team is tough to beat. They certainly showed it this weekend. And now here’s hoping for some more.
I’m sure there are tons of videos around, and I hope you get to watch them all. This one I liked because it came after the loss, and spoke to how we all feel about this team even when they look “off”:
Chicago Cubs @ Milwaukee Brewers
The Cubs now take a long bus ride up to Wrigley Field North, where they will take on the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers have been playing spoiler along with their fellow eliminated rival Cincinnati Reds, and since they are still technically a major league team, cannot be taken lightly, especially not with Ryan Braun still lurking on their roster. On paper it does seem like the Cubs should be able to keep decreasing that magic number, but we shall see, won’t we? The Brewers, while not exactly a “good” team, does have a rather patient lineup and serviceable pitching, two things that tend to piss off any team. Here are the matchups and viewer info:
Monday, September 5 (Happy Labor Day!)
12:10 PM Central
Kyle Hendricks vs. Zack Davies
TV = WGN, ESPN (Out of market), Radio = WSCR AM 670 The Score