Cubs 6, Nationals 4

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OSS: Bote hits his 59th* game winning RBI of the season.

*number approximate

Three up:

  1. David Bote had another clutch hit against the Nats, though not quite as dramatic as his last one. Of course, it’s pretty tough to top a walk off grand slam down three runs.
  2. The Cubs won another game started by an ace-y pitcher. Strasburg isn’t quite as Strasburg-y this year, mostly due to a bizarre HR spike, but the Cubs hung three runs in 5.2 innings on him.
  3. Albert Almora also had a good game, setting up the Cubs rally to tie the game in the eighth with a hit that put runners on second and third with no outs. He also doubled in the tenth and eventually became the go-ahead run.

Three down:

  1. The Cubs might not have needed Bote’s late game heroics if Almora hadn’t TOOTBLANed to erase himself in the eighth. It was a Theriot Special, getting caught running on a ball that was hit in front of him. Despite the RBI groundout tying the game, it was the Cubs second most negative play on the day by WPA.
  2. Kyle had a decent enough game by strikeouts (6) and walks (0), but gave up four runs thanks in part to a Harper ROE.
  3. CJ looked a bit shaky again today, but luckily Justin Wilson was able to bail him out.

Next up: Jon Lester takes on Joe Ross, who is making his first start in just over a year due to TJS. Seems like a quick turnaround, hopefully the Cubs can take advantage.

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  1. Ryno

    Joe Ross, who is making his first start in just over a year due to TJS.

    Who is the type of pitcher that usually shuts out the Chicago Cubs?

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  2. dmick89

    CJ looked a bit shaky again today, but luckily Justin Wilson was able to bail him out.

    Joe isn’t giving CJ as much rope as he has in other years. He’s basically replaced him at the first sign of CJ not having his best stuff, which seems to be rather frequent.

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    berselius

    dmick89,

    I dunno, it was pretty clear that CJ didn’t have great stuff in Monday’s Brewers game and Joe waited until he gave up the lead to pull him.

    Though looking back at the pbp, I guess he did get two strikeouts after he put two men on to start the inning. But I seem to remember from the radio/gameday that he was all over the place to those first two guys.

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  4. Ryno

    The #Bears and standout NT Eddie Goldman have reached an agreement in principle on a 4-year contract extension worth $42M-plus with $25M guaranteed, I’m told. One of the highest paid players at his position in the NFL. Massive. 💰💰💰

    — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 7, 2018

    Interesting when Fangio’s been able to sub pretty much anyone off the streets at NT without missing a beat. I haven’t watched and don’t know how they’re using him, though.

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  5. BVS

    So, apparently not continuing last night’s game that Lester opened. Instead, Jaime Garcia, noted Gnat-smacker, gets start in G1 of DH vs soon to be 3peat Cy Young winner. Hamels vs TBA G2.

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  6. Rizzo the Rat

    BVS: So, apparently not continuing last night’s game that Lester opened.

    Yeah, they aren’t allowed to suspend a game before regulation, for some reason.

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  7. dmick89

    Rizzo the Rat,

    My understanding was that there was a small window where they might be able to get it in and it’s supposed to rain today and tomorrow in DC as well so they’ve got to play somehow. Prior to the game, it was up to the managers whether or not the game would be played. I’m surprised Joe didn’t go with Garcia last night just in case something like that happened.

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  8. Rizzo the Rat

    BVS,

    Either because the score is tied or the home team hasn’t had a chance to answer the visiting team’s runs scored at the top of the inning.

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  9. andcounting

    BVS,

    If it’s not tied after 5 innings, that’s what they do, game over. Under 5 (or 4.5 if the home team is ahead), they start over.

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  10. dmick89

    The 13th is a common off day for these two teams. Seems likely they’ll be playing a double header that day and possibly even another makeup game the day after the season. This really sucks.

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  11. Rizzo the Rat

    Everybody keeps saying that nearly all double headers are split. I looked up the actual number and it’s barely over 50%.

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  12. dmick89

    Looks like they’ll have a window to get this game in at 11 am tomorrow. They’ll have to hurry as it will start raining an hour later.

    Just call this stupid fucking game.

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  13. Perkins

    I don’t get why they didn’t just reschedule this to the day after the end of the season, and not play unless it’s necessary. It’s not like the Nats will make the playoffs, and it’s only important to the Cubs if the margin of victory in the NL Central is one game.

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  14. dmick89

    I mentioned it before this stretch of games even started, but it reminded me of 2004. I think the Cubs played 24 or 25 straight days to end the season and had at least two doubleheaders during that stretch. They collapsed in the final week of the season. That was a good Cubs team. So is this one and it doesn’t mean the same thing will happen. This group has played pretty well so far, but that team played pretty well at the start of that stretch too. I really do worry about how this team will hold up down the stretch. I felt really good about it when they had a five game lead, but they’ve blown that (twice).

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  15. Perkins

    I’ve had thoughts of 2004 as well, though in this stretch they at least sorta had off days Friday and today.

    I think this team has a deeper bench than the 2004 version, and the rotation hasn’t been ridden quite as hard (partly because it’s not as talented). I generally have more faith in the 2018 team’s bullpen, though Edwards and Cishek have looked pretty off in the last few weeks.

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  16. Perkins

    If the Cubs can take 2/3 against MIL and the Nats want to use Scherzer on Thursday, I’d probably send only the B squad to Washington and give everyone else the normal off day.

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    berselius

    Talking to my in-laws, who are visiting from DC. who think that there is a pretty good shot that Thursday’s game gets rained out as well.

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  18. Rizzo the Rat

    Starts like this are why I don’t see why everyone was so upset about burning Lester in that rainout. He’s not an ace anymore.

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  19. Rizzo the Rat

    I question the strategy of bringing in Gore to run when it means having La Stella take pitches until he’s behind in the count.

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  20. Smokestack Lightning

    dmick89:
    The Cubs are probably going to be five games out of 1st by the end of next week.

    You really think it will take that long? (dying laughing)

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  21. Perkins

    Remember a couple weeks ago, when it looked like the Cubs had an insurmountable lead and the Cardinals were the team to watch? That was fun.

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  22. andcounting

    Rizzo the Rat,

    I’m sorry. I’m an asshole. I shouldn’t have said that. Your comments are not the source of my frustration, and I should be able to disagree with you without being insulting.

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