OSS: Cubs cruise to victory, and Kyle Schwarber is going to bring down the house on Friday.
- Who else but Kyle Schwarber, he of four regular season PAs, would be the one to drive in multiple runs in this game? This is unreal and makes me even more excited for next year. The Cubs scored 808 runs in the regular season they might have outscored the Rockies with the War Bear in the lineup most days. He had two singles up the middle and drew a walk, working deep counts against all of the Cleveland pitchers yet again. I would be beyond shocked if he does anything more than pinch hit at Wrigley, but what the hell do I know anyway, I thought it was ridiculous that he would even be on the roster. Shut me right up.
- Anthony Rizzo also had a great game, working a roughly ten pitch at bat against Trevor Bauer in the first inning before smacking a double to get the Cubs off to an early lead. Rizzo walked in each of his next two at bats and came around to score on both.
- Ben Zobrist continued his hot hitting streak with two hits, including a single in the third inning rally that helped lead to the Cubs second run and a ‘triple’ in the fifth that probably should have been ruled a double and an error that drove in the Cubs third run. He appears to be locked in right now, and having a few extra guys get hot at the same time is certainly helping the Cubs melt the ice under their treads from game one.
- We got Good Jake tonight, though not Efficient Jake. I heard on the radio towards the end that this was the fourth deepest a pitcher has gone with a no-hitter in the World Series since Don Larsen‘s perfect game back in the 50s. It was clear that Jake wasn’t going to go the distance, but I’d still chalk it up as a great outing despite the fact that it felt like it could fall apart at any moment. Effectively wild indeed.
- Mike Montgomery and Aroldis Chapman pitched the back half of the game without too much drama. Montgomery in particular seems to have become Joe’s fireman out of the pen, and he’s almost been using him like Francona has been using Miller this postseason. One might call him Miller Lite.
- I can’t even complain about anyone here. Everyone in the starting lineup contributed with at least a walk today. Soler hit into a double play in the fourth in what was the Cubs only super negative play.
- Javy had a bunch of bad whiffs today, but his glove is keeping him in the lineup the rest of the way if nothing else.
- We have to wait another day for more World Series Cubs baseball.