Welcome back, Jon Lester. The Cubs beat up on the Mets in a 2-0 decision last night. It could have been that the Cubs have played extremely well against a struggling Mets franchise, but I’m sticking to my story that the Cubs kind have showed that they might be on the road of success again.
“I felt a lot better,” Jon Lester said. “Hopefully now I can get on a little bit of a roll and not worry about going too good or too bad all the time.”
Whatever you’re doing, keep doing it. The Cubs have won two straight and the Cardinals have lost two straight. Currently, the Cubs are in the wild card position and as a fan of both the Blue Jays and the Cubs, this would be a pretty good post season if it were to end today.
If it were the post season.
Last night saw not only a return to form of Jon Lester, but a solid game by Starlin Castro who got a hit in the eleventh inning to score the go ahead run.
“Give Starlin some credit. Slow roller to third, he beats it out legitimately,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “My takeaway is this: Win or lose that game tonight, I’m very proud of the way our guys are playing baseball. There is no quit, there is no giving up.”
Now, I have a problem with managers who say that “There’s no quit” in their team. I’d like to think that every team hasn’t got “Quit” in their vocabulary. They’re paid pros so they shouldn’t be quitting on anything.
If the Cubs sweep the Mets, then they have an excellent opportunity to gain some ground in the Wild Card race. They might not be able to catch the Cardinals but certainly, a Wild Card berth is within their reach.
Hey, before the Cubs reach the playoffs, let’s get Anthony Rizzo into the All Star Game. Have you voted yet?
So, today the Cubs go for the sweep of the Metropolitans. Jake Arrieta gets the start in an afternoon game.