One win from the World Series!
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 18, 2017
— Chris De Luca (@ChrisDeLuca) October 18, 2017
Cubs 0-29 against LAD bullpen. ELIAS: Longest hitless streak by a team against opposing relief pitchers to begin a postseason series.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) October 18, 2017
I didn’t want to write this. In fact, not only did I not want to write this, but 10 hours ago I didn’t even want to watch game 4. I wanted to crawl under a rock and never come out. Our bats couldn’t hit water if they fell out of a boat, we can’t field a routine ground ball, we can’t catch a fly ball, AND WE CAN’T THROW YU FRICKEN DARVISH A GOD DAMN STRIKE WITH 2 OUTS AND THE BASES LOADED. Literally everything is bad. Down 3-0, backs against the wall, and facing a team that hasn’t lost a game this October. Brb
If you want to talk about why we’re down 3-0, take a dart and throw it at the board and we can start there. The bats have been absolutely brutal. Nobody can get on base, nobody can move runners over, and Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and Willson Contreras are swinging the bats like these are throw away games up in Rochester. There’s no offense, that has to change. The bullpen has been heinous. You may as well pick a name out of a hat at this point because there’s no consistency whatsoever, that also has to change. Joe Maddon has been god awful. Bringing in John Lackey in the bottom of the 9th was the single worst managerial decision of all time. Not pinch hitting Kyle Hendricks in the 4th last night in a big spot with RISP turned out to be a terrible decision. Just bad moves all over the board, that’s gotta change. Like I said, back against the wall.
But you know who else had their backs against the wall? The Allies when they marched in to Waterloo to square off with Napoleon. George Washington’s back was against the wall too, how’d he respond? He got back on his horse, met Cornwallis and the British at Yorktown and slobber-knocked them. You think it was easy to build Rome? You think it’s going to be easy to come back from 3-0? No, but it’s time to hunker down, dig ourselves a trench, and just take life one pitch, one out, and one inning at a time.
Jake tonight. I don’t want to talk about Quintana tomorrow and big Jon in a game 6. One pitch, one out, one inning at a time. This guy tonight, let’s live to see another day.