It was a game the Cubs should have won but instead it was the Pirates turn to fight back to a 5-4 victory in yesterday’s midday game. It was the first time this season the Cubs have lost back to back games and are the last team to uh, achieve that.
It was one of those games that the Cubs should have won, but I’ve got a sneaky feeling that these two teams will be battling each other out all season long. It was that kind of game.
“I have no complaints about our team right now. We got beat today. They came back and beat us. We probably took the first two away from them, they took the last two away from us and that’s how the division is going to play this year. That’s just baseball there. At the end of the day, if you’re sitting here, when your team plays with that kind of heart and determination on a nightly basis, you’ll take it.”Manager Joe Maddon.
He’s right. I have no complaints about yesterday’s defeat. The team continued to get awesome playing from their depth guys like Chris Denorfia’s hall of fame worthy grab. The Cubs haven’t had that kind of play in recent years, but the guys like Chris Coghlan, Miguel Montero,and Dexter Fowler have proven that the Cubs are a force to be reckoned with. Maybe Maddon’s willingness to have three catchers in Montero, Welington Castillo and David Ross has proven an effective strategy?
So, I like it when pitchers go deep into games. I’ve admired a pitcher’s ability to be an Iron Man in the game. To me, a complete game is the key statistic in any club’s capabilities to go deep into the playoffs. This is another reason to appreciate Kyle Hendricks.
“We’re obviously not performing as we should as a whole,” Hendricks said of the rotation. “I can only speak for me, specifically, but getting deeper in the games as a staff, in particular, and keeping the team in the game, we have to start putting up some lower numbers overall. It’ll come. It’s still early and we’re still getting that feel. It’s starting to come around.”
It’s that kind of attitude that makes a pitcher bring out the Pledge and the dust cloth for a new trophy on the mantle.