Chicago Cubs NL Wildcard: Loss proves what we knew all along

by Leon Thompson October 4, 2018, 0:31
Chicago Cubs NL Wildcard: Loss proves what we knew all along

In what should be of no surprise to Cubs fans, Davis showed little emotion as he left the mound. Yet it wasn't Jon Lester's fault.

Both teams landed in the Wild Card after losing a Game 163, the first time in Major League Baseball history that had ever happened.

A day later, the Cubs fell 2-1 to the Rockies in 13 innings in the NL wild-card game, which marked Chicago's earliest playoff elimination under Maddon, who's regarded a quality leader and motivator but whose in-game tactical acumen has often come under fire.

"We have had a lot of things go awry this year and in spite that have still tied for the most wins in the National League in a 162-game season", manager Joe Maddon said. This was really a stellar year but to think the Cubs could continue to limp deep into the playoffs, with no real closer, a healing Pedro Strop, a hesitant Kris Bryant, and two of the five starting pitchers from the beginning of the season completely out of the picture, well, it wasn't likely. As a member of the Athletics, Lester started the one-game Wild Card playoff game against the Royals in Kansas City, where he was charged with six runs in 7 1/3 innings in a 9-8 loss.

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Through 162 games played in the regular season, the Cubs won 95 of them.

As for the Cubs. good luck scrubbing all that alcohol off the walls! During the month of September, Lester was 4-1 with a 1.52 ERA, shaking off a shaky few months after the All-Star Break to help the Cubs back to the postseason for a franchise-record fourth-straight season.

Sorry, national networks, but it's Colorado-Milwaukee now, and the Cubs are going home. However, Freeland got Anthony Rizzo to ground into a double play, ending the threat. "We'll be leaning on him hard, we've got to score him some runs so he can settle in".

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