Quintana Dominates, Cubs Are Back3 min read
You vs the guy she told you not to worry about
7 innings, 3 hits, 0 runs, 12 strikeouts, is that good?! Welcome to the north side my friend, run support is a beautiful, beautiful thing. I tweeted this out the other day but I want to say this about Jose Quintana. For years, I was the Cubs fan that always put White Sox fans in their place when it came to the lefty. They acted like the guy was the second coming of Jesus. I mean, don’t get me wrong, Jose Quintana is a damn good pitcher, but the Q love on the South side was over the top. Guy holds a 3.51 ERA with a 1.250 WHIP and we’re going to run around calling this guy Chris Sale 2.0. Jake Arrieta, for conversations sake, owns a 3.64 ERA with a 1.173 WHIP and Kyle Hendricks has a lifetime 3.06 ERA and a 1.086 WHIP. Are there other statistics? Of course. But I for one never bought in to the hype around Q being all that he was made out to be.
So, just because Jose Quintana is all of the sudden wearing red and blue doesn’t mean I jump ship on my position. I think Jose is going to help this baseball team a lot. This pitching staff got night and day better by adding Q and he showed you why today. However, to me, there is no scenario in the world where Theo Epstein is done. There’s something else coming. Jose was a fantastic add, but I don’t think for one second this is the only move that’s going to be made. After watching that display of baseball for the first half, if you think that moving prospects is the only thing happening here, you’re nuts. I don’t know if it’s Sonny Gray, I don’t know if it’s Chris Archer, I don’t know who it is. But you can bet your bottom dollar that another arm is on the way. That being said…
YOU THOUGHT THIS TEAM WAS DEAD?!
Are they actually back? Dear god no. We just lit up Kevin Gausman and Ubaldo Jimenez. I could probably find a Little League team that could light those two up like it’s the 4th of July. But, for all intents and purposes, the boys are officially BACK!! 3 game sweep up in Camden Yards and the train is officially rolling out of the station. Did I deem this team dead? Absolutely. When Lester gave up 100 runs without getting an out, I said it was over. Winning a World Series was the worst thing to ever happen to me. It’s going to be constant doubt, sweat, and disappointment from here on out, but I’m all in for it. This division is still ours for the taking. I’m not worried about the Milwaukee Brewers. Why? Because they’re the Milwaukee Brewers. There’s an eternity of baseball left to be played, and the cream will always rise to the top.
One day at a time. It is back to the trenches ladies and gentleman. One pitch, one out, one inning at a time. Like my boy StoolFrederic says, don’t let this team remember that they won the World Series. A pissed off Big Jon coming at you live from the city where the players play tomorrow night, we march on.