April 21, 2016

These Cubs... They're Pretty Good.

So the Chicago Cubs played the Cincinnati Reds tonight.  They won 16 - 0.  Their young third baseman, Kris Bryant, had four hits, two home runs (one of which was a grand slam), and six RBIs.  That's pretty good, but not quite good enough for tonight's headline.

Yup, Jake Arrieta threw his second no-hitter.  Which sounds impressive, but it gets better when you realize it was his second no-hitter in his past 11 regular season starts.  He's lost once in his past 23 regular season starts... and in that one loss, the other starting pitcher, Cole Hamels, threw a no-hitter.  The Cubs are now 12-4 on the season, which is the best record in baseball. 

I'll give the Reds credit... you gotta admire their sense of humor:

I'm actually really scared of this Cubs team... there's a lot of season left to go, but they're clearly good enough to get into the World Series.  After a lifetime of watching them fail, that's terrifying!

Please, Cubs players: scare me some more.

Posted by: Wonderduck at 09:28 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 You know they're just setting you up for a fall, don't you? You've been a Cubs fan all these years, and you permit yourself to feel a bit of hope? For the Cubs?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 21, 2016 09:37 PM (+rSRq)

2 You haven't seen this team, Steven. 

They may not win the World Series, because baseball isn't like football or basketball, where the best team is almost always guaranteed to win, but they really are Just That Good.

And yes, I'm saying that as a life-long battered Cubs fan.  I'm also a long-time baseball fan, and I've seen great teams before... and these guys don't look like them: the Cubs look better

The biggest weakness the Cubs have is at catcher... their main guy, Miguel Montero, is really quite good, but probably can't play 130 games behind the plate anymore.  The plan was that he'd catch maybe 100, Old Man David Ross (tonight's catcher) maybe 40, and youngster Kyle Schwarber 20-ish.

Except Schwarber is out for the season after tearing two ligaments in his knee, and the team doesn't really have anybody to bring up from the minors.

And that's it, that's the weakness.  Now, of course, injuries can happen.  A couple of starting pitchers blowing out their arms and the season could go down the tubes in a flash.  But that's baseball, and I'm not worried about it. 

These guys are GOOD.

Posted by: Wonderduck at April 21, 2016 11:10 PM (XQ5ac)

3 I remember that Hamels no-hitter.  It was right before he got traded last year.  The A.L. Cy Young winner pitched last night, too.  He didn't do nearly as well.

Posted by: Ben at April 22, 2016 10:02 AM (DRaH+)

4 Anything can happen in baseball.

Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at April 26, 2016 11:34 PM (JDV7u)

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