Let’s see if the Cubs can get past the Cardinals and make a very long playoff run.
Caffero said he is a lot more willing to show his excitement than his 78-year-old father, from whom he inherited his love for the Cubs.
John Lackey and Jon Lester have, by their own telling, so much in common.
Matchup to watch: Baseball’s best pitching staff will have its hands full trying to quiet the Cubs’ youthful bats.
NL Division Series, Wild Card vs Cardinals and Mets vs Dodgers. Lester’s October record is 6-4 with a 2.57 ERA while Lackey is 7-5 with a 3.08 ERA in 21 career postseason games.
The Cardinals will follow with Jaime Garcia in Game 2 and Michael Wacha in Game 3. Look, Arrieta has been impossible to score off of. Just four, that’s it. Chirinos put the Rangers ahead 4-1 with a home run to left field in the fifth.
When Arrieta is on the mound, the Cubs have the advantage.
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester blows a bubble during an… The Cardinals have a whole bunch of guys you may or may not have heard of, and a lineup that powered the team to 100-wins. “With that many games, there’s bound to be subplots when you have two good teams that are battling all the time”. That’s great news for the Cardinals.
It’s already enough for Cubs’ fans to deal with their eternal rivals the Cards. Together they had three victories in Boston’s six-game 2013 Series triumph over the Cardinals.
For many sports fans, this might seem a bit unfair.
Fielding: The Cubs are young, inexperienced and extremely talented. All starters in this series are going to be pressured to make every pitch count.
Overall, there are far more hard decisions to be made than usual. Couple his loss with an anemic offense, and the Redbirds might be in trouble unless manager Mike Matheny can carry over a few of the Cards’ regular season magic. The nine-inning masterpiece he spun against the Pirates was his fifth complete game of 2015. Jonathan Broxton used to be a closer, now he’s a solid relief option. That could end up being a shrewd move. Postseason.TV costs $9.99 for the entire playoffs and allows users to watch live alternative video feeds (different from the regular TBS broadcast and with no announcers) of the game. Maddon is now 14-17 in the playoffs.
So yeah, that. Texas (the baseball team) went 38-22 from the beginning of August (only Toronto was better) because Shin Soo Choo and once-demoted Rougned Odor went monster. They’ve still got plenty of power in Mark Reynolds.
“This is the epitome of a team”, outfielder Brandon Moss said. What the Cardinals lack is speed. He is hugely experienced and St Louis fans will feel confident they can get off to a winning start with Lackey leading their charge. Lackey is anything but inexperienced. Despite 10 National League pennants, the last in 1945, the Cubs’ only World Series wins came back-to-back in 1907 and 1908. They finished with just seven wins in their final 27 games, and ended up missing the playoffs on the final day of the season.
Chicago and St. Louis played each other 19 times this season. Over the next 114 years, the Cubs won 1,127 games against the St. Louis Cardinals and lost 1,097.