Well hey, this is a thing. Haven’t updated this since the post I wrote before game 7 of the World Series last season.
Well, now that I’m calm and no longer upset about last night’s game it’s time to look at potential moves the Cubs could make this off-season.
The first thing that comes to mind is starting pitching. The Cubs will possibly lose Jake Arrieta to free agency and John Lackey perhaps retiring the Cubs have 2 starting pitcher roles to fill. Two potential candidates come from free agency, Lance Lynn and Andrew Cashner. Both guys are in their early 30s and would be nice 4-5 rotation guys. Of course getting both might be too expensive so that Cubs will most likely settle with one of them.
Second, the Cubs need to improve their bullpen. Davis and Duensing both had a great season, and it would be nice to see them return especially Davis. The Cubs have a good bullpen, not a great one. As we have seen in recent postseasons bullpens are a considerable part of the game now.
Potential candidates to boost the pen would be Greg Holland, Addison Reed, Bryan Shaw and Mike Minor. All four of these guys had good seasons this year and adding one or two of these guys would give the Cubs more depth and feel comfortable with late games.
The starting eight should look the same with Almora getting more starts in center this year.
Obviously, the Cubs will make more moves to boost their team. It will be an interesting offseason Cub fans!
No matter what happens tonight I am so proud of the adventure you guys have given us. All my life I dreamed that one day the Cubs will get to World Series and it came true. I always knew that one day it was going to happen. One of my earliest memories of being a Cubs fan was the incredible 2003 season. We were so close to winning the pennant but could not get the job done. I remember telling my father after the Marlins won the World Series, “We would have beat those Yankees if we were in.” Then came 2004 the Cubs had one of the best pitching rotations on paper. Prior Wood Zambrano Maddux and Clement. Things were looking great until it happened. The Cubs collapsed and failed to make the postseason.
Since elementary school, I’ve told my classmates that the Cubs will soon win a World Series. I got the same reaction the every time. Then during the beginning of the 2014 things started to click. I began bragging to my friends and kids all over school that the Cubs were two years away from winning a World Series. Many people laughed at me and said I was delusional. I couldn’t blame them they didn’t understand the game like I did but even a hardcore baseball would’ve been crazy if they made that prediction. That team had potential and were a couple pieces short of becoming a playoff contender even though they ended 73-89 good enough to be last in the NL Central. The magical 2015 season and no one knew what to expect. The adventure we went on gave us hope. No one expected the 2015 Cubs to have the 3rd best record in the MLB and an NLCS appearance. And well here we are now, one win away.
Words cannot describe how excited I am to know tonight will be game 7 of the Fall Classic. I am so grateful and lucky to have the opportunity to witness history. Many fans have dreamed of this moment and unfortunately are not here to witness it. For many of us, tomorrow will be more than just a game, it will be the best night of our lives. Being a Cubs fan isn’t just watching baseball it’s a way of life. This year has been kinda rough for me but I always looked forward to watching the Cubs play because I knew something would happen that would put a smile on my face. The Cubs were my happiness when times were getting rough. I know this is corny but I have never loved a baseball team more than I do this current squad. This team has done a lot for me, the fans, and the city of Chicago. They brought happiness and hope into our lives. They’ve thought us to never quit because the Cubs never did and they are one win away from doing the impossible. Anything is possible when you’re dedicated.
Hopefully, we get to sing Go Cubs Go one last time before the season ends! Good luck but remember no matter the result you’ve made us proud and made so many dreams come true.Thank you for the great season #CubsTwitter went crazy for. Thanks for helping me make twitter friends with a bunch of strangers that I hope I one day meet.Being at Wrigley is like a second home to us. We may be strangers but when the game begins we are a family all wishing for the same goal. Tonight many tears will be shed and many strangers will give each other hugs because of you. Thanks again!
A big Cubs fan from the southside of Chicago, Oscar Garcia.
The Cubs win their second straight game against their crosstown rivals.
The scoring started early when Melky Cabrera hit a double to right field bringing home Tim Anderson to give the White Sox a 1-0 lead.
The Cubs would strike back against the Sox ace Chris Sale. After a Fowler walk, Kris Bryant hit a RBI double off the wall to tie the game at one.
Chris Sale got into a bit of a jam in the 3rd inning. He hit Dexter Fowler and walked Kris Bryant to start the inning. After a Rizzo flyout, Ben Zobrist singles up the middle to give the Cubs a 2-1 lead.
Lackey was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 6th. He went six innings allowing one run and four hits. He struck out four and walked one.
Sale also went six innings. He allowed two runs and six hits. He struck out four and walked three.
The Cubs got to show off their new bullpen power trio of Strop Rondon and Chapman. Rondon allowed a leadoff double in the 8th inning. After retiring the next two hitters Joe Maddon went to closer Champman to record the final out in the 8th which he was able to do by striking out Melky Cabrera.
In the bottom 8th, Ben Zobrist led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on an error by Adam Eaton. After yet another Contreras ground out, Addison Russell hit a grounder to the shortstop Tim Anderson. Anderson tried to fire home but lost the grip on the ball and was forced to throw to first, allowing Ben Zobrist to score giving the Cubs a huge insurance run.
Chapman was able to shut down the White Sox to give the Cubs a 3-1 victory.
Up Next: The Cubs welcome the Mariners for three games beginning tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled at 1:20pm
Final Thoughts: Today we were able to get our first look at the Cubs power trio. Although Strop and Rondon weren’t as sharp they were able to get the job done. Just imagine how scary this bullpen will be when the trio on top of their game.
The Cubs bat exploded in last night’s victory over the Chicago White Sox. They look to even up the season series.
On the mound for the Cubs is right-hander John Lackey. John Lackey has not won a start since June 8th against the Philadelphia Phillies. He is 7-7 with 3.79 ERA while striking out 133 and walking 40 (130.2 IP, 3.88 FIP, 1.619 WHIP)
The White Sox will send their ace Chris Sale. Chris Sale is returning from his suspension for cutting up his team’s throwback jerseys. Chris Sale is 14-3 with a 3.18 ERA while striking out 129 and walking 29 (133 IP, 3.70 FIP, 1.008 WHIP).
That was the end for Anthony Ranaudo He went 6.2 innings giving up three runs on two hits while striking out three and walking four. Jason Hammell went 7 innings giving up one run on five hits while striking out seven and walking two.
Jacob Turner came into the game after Carson Fulmer walked Montero. He got to face Addison Muscle… I mean Russell! He hit a grand slam to screw the closer and give the Cubs an 8-1 lead.
The story here will be Aroldis Champman making his Cubs debut. I’m gonna be honest I was afraid that he was going to hit someone and they would die but it didn’t happen! Woohoo! Champman had a 1-2-3 inning to finish the game
Next: Both teams play again tomorrow as the Cubs look to even up the series. First pitch is scheduled at 7:05pm CST. CSCh (Cubs), WGN (White Sox)
No. 166 (The Streak): First hit with one out in the sixth.
No. 166 (The Baby Streak): First hit with one out in the sixth.
The Crosstown classic moves to Wrigley field today for the final two games. The White Sox have won the first two games clinching another Crosstown Cup victory.
On the mound for the Cubs is right-hander Jason Hammel. Hammel is 9-5 with a 3.35 ERA while striking out 90 and walking 33 batters (107.1 IP, 4.37 FIP, 1.109 WHIP).
The White Sox will send Anthony Ranaudo. Ranaudo was acquired by the White Sox from the Texas Rangers in May. He will be making his White Sox debut. He is 1-0 with a 17.18 ERA while striking out two and walking eight (3.2 IP, 12.14 FIP, 2.727 WHIP). Keep in mind this is a very small sample size.
The Cubs could not get anything going in this one as they lose 3-0 against the Chicago White Sox.
The White Sox got on the board in the first, Jose Abreu singles to left field to drive in Adam Eaton giving the White Sox a 1-0 lead.
The score would remain the same until the 5th inning, Adam Eaton hit a solo home run to right field putting the White Sox up 2-0.
After the two-out bloop single Travis Wood came in for Kyle Hendricks. Kyle Hendricks had another great outing going 5.2 innings allowing three runs while striking out seven and walking two. Travis Wood then walked the next three batters to give the White Sox a 3-0 lead before getting Adam Eaton to ground out to end the inning.
James Shields went 7.2 innings allowing no runs while striking out five and walking four.
David Robertson came in the ninth inning to close the game.
Up Next: Both teams play tomorrow at Wrigley Field. First pitch is scheduled at 7:05pm CST. ESPN, CSCh (White Sox), WGN (Cubs)
Fun Fact: Kyle Hendricks allowed a run for the first time since June 29th against the Cincinnati Reds
Final Thoughts: This game was all White Sox. James Shields of 2011 was on the mound tonight. The Cubs could not get anything going at all offensively. The White Sox now have a .500 record.