It was a game that the Cubs had in the can but then there’s a reason the Cardinals are the best team in baseball. What could have been billed in the hype machine as a Manny vs Floyd type match was in all cases, better than that fight last Saturday.
The Cubs got off to a tremendous start scoring five runs in the first but those pesky Cards came back to win 10-9. It was by all counts a game the Cubs should have won.
“Your team puts up five in the first, you can’t give it back,” Wood said. “That’s all on me. … I left a pitch in the zone for Reynolds to hit and he did what he’s supposed to do with it. It’s a shame that happened. Even if he doesn’t hit a home run there, and they only get two runs, we still win the ballgame.”
Let’s here it for Miguel Montero. He wasn’t signed to put up big numbers. He was signed to provide leadership skills to a young team and maybe add a little pop, but last night he did it all. Going 2 for 4 collecting 3 RBI’s he was on fire and is adding a little depth to the team that is deep to begin with.
Of course, we’re still waiting for Kris Bryant’s first home run but in the meantime, let’s enjoy Addison Russell getting it done. He came through in the ninth but it was a case of a little too late.
“There are these reminders of how raw we are in certain aspects,” Theo Epstein said. “The league adjusts to young players and young players have to adjust back. That’s what makes it so interesting, is that they’re still figuring out who they are as players and still getting their foundation underneath them as big league players, yet they have to adjust to very targeted attacks from the other team.
“That’s what makes it fun. We’re young and talented and embracing the struggle.”
One thing is for certain, the Cubs/Cardinals series has gotten off on the right foot and is proving to be far more exciting and thrilling than the over hyped Manny/Floyd fight.