Tagged: Postseason

Thank You

Dear Cubs,

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!

Sincerely,

A big Cubs fan from the southside of Chicago, Oscar Garcia.

Oscar Garcia

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NLCS Game 4: Cubs 3 – Mets 8

The Mets came out scoring to begin this game. Curtis Granderson led off with a single. After back-to-back outs, Yoenis Cespedes came up. During his at-bat, Granderson stole second base and Cespedes walked.

With a full count, Luca Duda hit a 3 run home run giving the Mets a 3 run lead. The next batter, Travis d’Arnaud hit a home run to extend the Mets lead to 4.

The Mets weren’t finished Jason Hammel walked David Wright and he was done for the day. Travis Wood came in and allowed a single to Daniel Murphy. He strikes out Cespedes, then allows Duda to hit a double scoring giving the Mets a 6-0 lead.

The Cubs would try to make a comeback in the fourth, Jorge Soler led off the inning with a double. After a Kris Bryant walk, Anthony Rizzo walked to load up the bases for Castro. Castro hit a sharp line drive to David Wright for an out. Kyle Schwarber grounded out to put the Cubs on the board still down 6-1. Baez fouled out to end the inning.

Daniel Murphy hit a home in his 6th consecutive game to score 2 extending the Mets lead 8-1.

The Cubs would score in the bottom half of the inning, Soler led off the inning with a double, and Kris Bryant followed with a long home run cutting down to 5.

After a long at-bat, Familia strikes out Fowler to end the ball game and the series.

The amazing 2015 season ended tonight but still proud of the way the Cubs played all year. It was fun to watch and I’m excited for 2016. Congratulations to the Mets represent the National League well. There is always next year Cubs fans. 2016 here we come!

NLCS Game 4 Preview

It’s time to make one of the greatest postseason runs of all time or wait until next year, again. Jason Hammel against Steven Matz. The lineup for tonight’s game is

  1. Fowler CF
  2. Soler RF
  3. Bryant 3B
  4. Rizzo 1B
  5. Castro 2B
  6. Schwarber LF
  7. Baez SS
  8. Hammel P
  9. Ross C

Hammel has pitched once against the New York Mets and pitched 8 innings allowing 1 run while striking out 6 and walking 1.

The Cubs have never seen Matz pitch before but he allowed 3 runs against the Dodgers in 5 innings while striking out 4 and walking 2.

Hopefully, the Cubs can start some magic tonight. Cubs vs Mets first pitch at 7:07 on TBS.

NLCS Game 3 Preview

The Cubs are back home in Wrigley Field today and down 2-0 to the New York Mets. Kyle Hendricks will be on the mound against Jacob deGrom. Tonight’s lineup is:

  1. Fowler CF
  2. Schwarber LF
  3. Bryant 3B
  4. Rizzo 1B
  5. Castro 2B
  6. Soler RF
  7. Montero C
  8. Hendricks P
  9. Baez SS

Kyle Hendricks made one start against the Mets this year pitching 6 shutout innings allowing 3 hits. He struck out 6 and walked 1. Kyle had a great start at Citi Field this year and I hope he can dominate again here at Wrigley.

Jacob deGrom made two starts against the Cubs, and the Cubs have rocked him. He is 0-2 with a 6.10 ERA while striking out 7 and walking 6. Cubs hitters have a .300 batting average against this season. They will need to continue their success they had against deGrom tonight if they want a chance to advance to the World Series.

Tonight will be an exciting game, and the Cubs are not worried. Look forward to the bats exploding tonight. First pitch at 7:07 pm on TBS

NLCS Game 1: Cubs 2-Mets 4

Jon Lester vs Matt Harvey for game 1 of the NLCS.

The Mets struck first in the first inning Daniel Murphy hits a home run to right field to give the Mets a 1-0 lead.

Matt Harvey was untouchable through the first 4 innings. In the 5th inning, he lost his perfect game when he hit Anthony Rizzo on a 0-2 count. Starlin Castro then hit a double over a leaping Juan Lagares in center scoring Anthony Rizzo to tie the game.

After a Jorge Soler groundout, Javier Baez hit a single to left fielder and Yoenis Cespedes threw a strike to throw out Castro at home. With David Ross at-bat, Baez stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Travis d’Arnaud. After an intentional walk to Ross, Lester struck out to end the inning.

The Mets came back in the bottom half of the inning, Wilmer Flores and Lagares hit back-to-back one-out singles. Matt Harvey then bunted to Rizzo who threw to 3rd to get the lead out, Bryant dropped the ball on the exchange.

Cubs were unable to turn the double play, and Curtis Granderson hit a single to give the Mets a 2-1 lead.

In the sixth after back-to-back great defensive plays to start the ending, d’Arnaud hit a solo shot to center field.

The Mets continued to extend their lead, in the 7th inning Lagares hit a leadoff single, then Harvey bunted him over to the second base. Lagares stole third while Granderson was at-bat, then scored on a sacrifice fly.

In the 8th, the Kyle Schwarber ended matt Harvey’s outing by hitting a two-out solo shot. After a Bryant walk, Rizzo came up representing the tying run. He swung at the first pitch and hit a weak ground ball to short to end the inning.

The Cubs would once again get the tying run to the plate in the ninth, but Murphy robbed La Stella of a hit to end the game.

NEXT: Jake Arrieta vs Noah Syndergaard for game 2 tomorrow at 7:00

QUCK THOUGHTS: I still believe it was a bad time to send Castro in the 5th inning. Cespedes is known to have a rocket. Yes, I understand Ross and Lester were due up next but Ross almost hit a home run in his last at-bat.

NLCS Game 1 Preview

Jon Lester starts game 1 of the NLCS against the Mets tonight. Matt Harvey is on the mound tonight for the New York Mets. The Cubs lineup tonight is:

  1. Fowler CF
  2. Schwarber LF
  3. Bryant 3B
  4. Rizzo 1B
  5. Castro 2B
  6. Soler RF
  7. Baez SS
  8. Ross C
  9. Lester P

The Cubs swept the season series against the Mets this year, but both teams have gotten a lot better since their last meeting.

Jon Lester has had a nice season against the Mets. Pitching in two games, he is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA while striking out 13 and walking 5. Mets hitters this year are hitting .204 this year against Lester.

Matt Harvey pitched one game against the Cubs this year and he was fantastic. 7 shutout innings allowed 3 hits while striking out 9 and walking 2.

Hopefully, the Cubs’ offense can figure out Harvey the second time facing him. Cubs vs Mets tonight at 7:07 pm CT.

To New York We Go!

The New York Mets beat the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight 3-2 to advance to the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs.

Many people will point out that the Cubs went 7-0 against the Mets earlier this season, but this is a different Mets team since then. At the All-Star break, the Cubs had a record of 47-40 while the Mets had a record of 47-42. Since then the Cubs have gone 50-25 while the Mets have gone 43-30.

A big reason for the Mets’ success in the second half is their offense, the Mets are the best offensive team in the National League while the Cubs are right behind them. The Mets improved their lineup during the trade deadline when they acquired Yoennis Cespedes. The Mets  pitching staff is excellent as well, so it will be a tough but interesting series!

Game 1 Saturday at 7:07 Jon Lester vs Matt Harvey