Anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge baseball fan who loves the Chicago Cubs. I have always liked the Cubs. As Cubs fans, we have had some rough times. BUT, those rough times are coming to an end and this young Chicago squad should be a force to be reckoned with for quite some time.
Joe Maddon’s bunch finished with the third best record in Major League Baseball this season, which would normally mean a division title. Not this year. Unfortunately, the Cardinals finished the year with 100 wins and the Pittsburgh Pirates finished with 98 wins. Both of these teams reside in the National League Central division.
Wednesday night, the Cubs took their 97 wins into PNC Park to battle the Pirates in a winner-take-all affair to see which team would advance to the National League Divisional Series to take on the Cardinals. So, one of the teams with the second and third best records in the league was going to be heading home after this one-game playoff. Well, fortunately for me and the Cubs, my favorite team took care of business, winning the game, 4-0, behind A complete-game, 11-strikeout effort by likely Cy Young Award winner, Jake Arrieta.
Jake kept the Pirates off the board, but he did have a few rough patches, each time getting timely ground balls to get out of tight spots. Dexter Fowler and Kyle Schwarber each homered in the contest, with Schwarber’s home run likely finding it’s way into the Allegheny River over the right field fence.
The Cubs will now head to St. Louis on Friday to open a five-game series against division rival St. Louis. Should be a fun series. Any playoff experience this young club can get is a good thing. Not many expected this team to make noise in the playoffs this season. Most thought next year would be the year that these young Cubs burst onto the national scene.
All I can say is that I am glad they won the game. I started getting nervous days before the game. I was not ready for my baseball season to be over. Fortunately, neither were the Cubs!