Cubs 5, Royals 4

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OSS: Kimbrel still shaky, Cubs pull out another close one anyway.

Three up:

  1. It was the Day of Jasons today, as Heyward and Kipnis both homered to drive in the first four Cubs runs.
  2. Willson Contreras added an insurance run in the eighth inning, which proved to be the winning run. One thing I like about the offense so far is that it feels less boom or bust – instead of one big inning the Cubs are spreading things out a bit, and most importantly getting an insurance run or two late in games.
  3. Kyle Hendricks didn’t have his best stuff, but still managed to go seven innings, allowing two runs and as usual zero walks.

Three down:

  1. Ross rolled Kimbrel back out there with a three run lead in the ninth, and he still wasn’t all the way there. He’s hitting the strike zone but opposing batters are crushing him. I don’t blame Ross too much for giving him another shot in this situation, namely, a three run lead against a second division team, and at least the hook was pretty quick.
  2. Kris Bryant was the WPA trailer on the day, mostly thanks to a GIDP to end a Cubs rally in the second inning. He also had two punchouts.
  3. I’m reaching to find much to complain about here, so I’ll go back to a comment I heard on (I think) the radio broadcast on Monday expressing surprise that the Cardinals decided to fire Successful Manager Mike Matheny. (dying laughing) at that one.

Next up: The series moves to KC for two games. Yu Darvish takes on Kris Bubic at 7:05 PM CT.

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  1. Perkins

    Obviously small sample size, but the Cubs defense sure looks a lot better than it has for the past 2-3 years.

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  2. uncle dave

    Goddammit people — who here used the monkey’s paw again?Remember what happened the last time it was used?Yeah, the Cubs did win it all in 2016 — setting off a long national nightmare…

    (dying laughing) you remember how we were all happy for like three days? I was on vacation in New Mexico and it was awesome. That was fun.

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  3. uncle dave

    I usually call bullshit when folks cite ‘professionalism’ as the key to a team’s success, but in this case I’m beginning to consider the possibility. I could definitely where teams could legit choose to phone it in this year.

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  4. Perkins

    uncle dave: (dying laughing) you remember how we were all happy for like three days?I was on vacation in New Mexico and it was awesome.That was fun.

    I remember someone asked me if the Cubs’ winning the World Series was the best day of my life, and I said maybe fourth (after wedding, getting home from Afghanistan, and getting home from Haiti). Then a few days later the election was the worst day of my life. Then like a few days after that one of my cats got sick and it turned out she had stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and we had to put her down within a week, and then that was the worst day of my life.

    November 2016 was a fucking rough month.

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  5. Author

    To-day’s base ball squadron

    3B Bryant
    1B Rizzo
    SS Baez
    DH Contreras
    LF War Bear
    2B Bote
    RF Heyward
    CF (!) Hoerner
    C Caratini

    P Darvish

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