Sometimes it comes down to the “Needs of the many outweighing the needs of the few” which was the case in the Cubs’ come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Jake Arrieta needed his 20th win of the season but the Cubs quest for division crown was far more crucial. In the end took extra innings to reach that goal.
“I made an inexcusable mental mistake in the sixth inning that could’ve cost us the game,” said Arrieta, who scattered six hits over eight innings and struck out five. “That’s my one takeaway. That’ll bother me for a while.”
You know what? That’s what potential Cy Young winners do. They take ownership of the situation and carry on. Another player that’s having a great second half is Starlin Castro. That “Almost Traded’ player that everyone loves to hate delivered an amazing grab in the ninth flipped it to Javier Baez so he could touch second and torpedo the ball to first for the double play. Aramis Ramirez-out.
“That was a great play, and I told Castro so later,” said Aramis Ramirez, the former Cubs third baseman. “Probably a game-saver, because Marte would’ve gone to third on that, if it gets through.”
The Cubs play a matinee game today. 12:35 is the start and Kyle Hendricks gets the ball. Today, there is no jinx or superstitions. The Cubs need a win today. Pure and simple. They’re three games in back of the Pirates and face their arch rivals this weekend at Wrigley Field. It’s been awhile since September ball has meant so much. The Magic Number is 10. There were very few fans that dreamed at the start of the season that the team would be in contention for the post season, but here they are.
“One of the things I’ve always used as a benchmark is an extra-inning win on the road. That’s not easy to do. Under these circumstances, in this place, at this time of year, I’m really proud of our effort.” says Joe Maddon.
So are we Joe, so are we.