Every time I hear of a walk off, I think of Aerosmith.
It’s amazing how a year can make a difference in a team. Then again, Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and the crew have been promising that good things are ahead for the Cubs. Be patient and believe.
Last night, the Cubs outlasted the Mets, 2-1 on a Chris Coghlan walk that sent Matt Szczur home with the bases loaded. This afternoon they have a chance to sweep the series and go for their fourth win in a row. The Cubs are now five back of St. Louis in the tight National League Central Division.
“In those situations, you have to really control your emotions, because you want to be the guy,” Chris Coghlan said. “Everybody wants to be the guy to drive in the winning run. He didn’t give me anything to hit, so I took my walk.”
Which is another thing the Cubs lacked last year was patience at the plate. In the end, it’s not about the stats but how many games the team wins. It’s the middle of May and the Cubs are sitting in a Wild Card position. Does it matter? Not really. Not at this point, but the Cubs are proving to be fierce competitors and taking this series against National League East leading New York Mets is a huge accomplishment for the team.
“They’re starting to believe they can win games late on a consistent basis,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of his young team. “It’s really important to feel that way. You’re going to have to beat good pitching by pitching better. You have to come up with the timely hit.”
They’ve been doing it a lot this season on a regular basis. Come playoff time, that’ll be handy. Now, imagine that you’re that pitcher who has to face a middle like Bryant, Rizzo, Russell, Castro and Soler. Throw in the fact that Miguel Montero and Chris Coghlan are pretty decent hitters as well, there’s a strong lineup. I could be tempting the fates by saying there won’t be too bad slumps this season, but we know it could happen. The Cubs are in a good spot right now and it’s only going to get better.