As rivalries go, this one delivered on all promises. Even though the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs in game 1, Jon Lester was outstanding, keeping the score to 1-0 until he gave up a homer to Tommy Pham. Pedro Strop replaced Lester and saw one go deep by Stephen Piscotty. St Louis went on to defeat the Cubs 4-0
“We could not get anything generated,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “We had maybe one opportunity when eventually Addison advanced to third base, but they did, they pitched really well all season. That’s a big reason they won 100 games is that they’ve pitched really well.”
It was exactly that. A Pitcher’s duel with Jon Lester showing why he gets paid the big bucks. The problem with last night’s game was the Cubs were in St. Louis against a team that finished first overall. They were good, but I can’t say the same for the Umpire. There were so many calls that should have gone the Cubs way. Joe Maddon was left in the dugout scratching his head. It was kind of embarrassing.
This afternoon, Kyle Hendricks takes to the mound. I’ve got a sneaky feeling that this could be an interesting game. If yesterday’s game was any indication, today should be the “Needle In The Groove” game. The Cubs know what to expect from the dominant RedBirds.
“I’ve been preparing myself for any possibilities, so I wasn’t caught off guard,” he said Friday. “But I was definitely excited. I’m glad they gave me this opportunity.” Kyle Hendricks said.
Something that’s so special watching 2015’s edition of the Cubs is all the rookies experiencing for the first time playoff baseball. Kyle Schwarber, Addison Russell and Kris Bryant but I also include Kyle Hendricks in that category because it’s his first as well.
Cardinal’s John Lackey was in the zone. The most appearances by an active pitcher went to work against the Cubs.
“You know what Lack’s going to do,” Jon Lester said. “First five innings, he gives up one base runner. He had it working tonight. Sometimes, one is all a guy needs, and that’s all he really needed tonight.”
Here’s my prediction for tonight; Anthony Rizzo and possible Rookie Of The Year Kris Bryant are going to have a huge game for the Cubs.