It’s quite exciting to see Chicago Cubs players wearing balaclavas at this time of the season. At least, it took me a couple of innings to get used to the idea that they were playing in the middle of October. Usually we see them wearing those things and we get excited because baseball is back and it’s April ball in Chicago.
Last night was game 1 of the NLCS. The New York Mets defeated the Cubs 4-2 in front of a chilly crowd at Citi Field. It’s not that the Cubs didn’t play well, but Mets pitcher Matt Harvey just was brilliant.
“It’s just one game,” Cubs rookie Kyle Schwarber said. “We’ve got possibly six more games to play. We’ve got to move past it. We’re not hanging our heads. We lost. We know we lost. Time to move forward tomorrow and play our ballgame.”
He’s right. This isn’t a one game loser go home Wild Card nor is it a five game series. This is the big time seven games.
Jon Lester had a good night as well and he might get another crack at the Metropolitans on Thursday.
“Go back to work tomorrow,” Lester said. “That’s all that I can do. Obviously it [stinks] and I hate to lose, but you can’t sit here and dwell on it and beat yourself up about it. We have plenty of other chances to come back. This is just one game. We just have to come back and fight. Hopefully we can leave New York with the series tied, 1-1.”
There was a scary moment in the game when Cubs’ 1st baseman Anthony Rizzo was dinged on the hand while reclaiming first base. The Chicago Cubs’ big 1st baseman shook it off and continued.
I have one criticism of the Cubs last night. Sending Starlin Castro home. He was thrown out at the plate by Yoenis Cespedes, who quite possibly has the strongest arm in the majors from left field. He threw a rocket to put Castro out at home. If I were the Cubs, I’d be a little careful tonight.
“You could say possibly not send the runner,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said, “but we did, and it was just a good baseball play on their part. There’s different things you could possibly do, but Jonesy (Cub’s third base coach) has been aggressive all year. He’s been a great third-base coach all year and I never second-guess him.”
Tonight, Jake Arrieta gets the ball and fans will all tune in to see what kind of magic he can pull out of his stoic frame. It’s only game two but sealing a victory in New York with the Cubs’ potential Cy Young candidate will only give the team the confidence they need to move forward in the NLCS.