What The Cubs Win Means To Me

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Photo Credit: CubsInsider.com

Editor’s Note: I hate the fucking Cubs.

In today’s world of hot takes, fast takes, quick takes, rapid takes, speed takes, hot corner takes, instant takes, can-of-corn takes, Subway Fresh Takes and pronto takes, sometimes it’s also a little nice to sit back and process something before reacting. It’s a lost art, but it’s something I had to do with this Cubs World Series victory. After a good long week in which we absolutely got our asses kicked as a country, regardless of party affiliation, I had the following ten conclusions. Continue reading “What The Cubs Win Means To Me”

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So Close

We’re so close to the election. Is that good or bad?

It’s bad, isn’t it?

Here’s kind of a round up of thoughts since I was traveling a bunch this week.

Baseball has everyone captivated.  Good.

All this pre-election fraud is only going to fuel Trump when he loses.

A good conversation happened at the airport last night between me and a new friend. Talking our favorite players growing up.  I listed off Wally Joyner and Carlos Beltran as my two favorite of all time. When we came around to picking one pitcher to start a team as an ace, I said Nolan Ryan. He thought for a minute and retorted with Greg Maddox.  Man.  What a great conversation!

I said Nolan Ryan was twice the pitcher Roger Clemens was, but that may have been wrong.

20 Wins/Season: Clemens by 2 (4 total)

k/9: Ryan by .09

HR Allowed: Ryan by -42, with three years extra service

Shutouts: Ryan by 15

Neither threw a perfect game.

But Roger Clemens never kicked the shit out of Robin Ventura, so I think we all know who the winner is.

I think I’m voting for Clinton, for what it’s worth.

 

I Think Toronto Is In Trouble

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Toronto is down 2-0 in the series. Cleveland is showing no signs of slowing down. Last night, Josh Tomlin had his disgusting curve ball on full display, striking out 6 over 5 2/3 innings.

Tomorrow the series moves to Toronto, and we should expect to see the Jays come alive one of these nights.  Still thinking Cleveland closes it out in Toronto. Sorry Blue Jays fans.  If you want to win, try harder.

2016 MLB Playoffs: LAD vs. CHI

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Can you imagine the pressure the Cubs would have had coming back to Chicago tied with the Giants? They were two errors from a guy who committed only 11 errors all season away from having a deciding game five.

This is a really tough series to predict, in my opinion. I think the Dodgers have under performed this year. I know they had the issues with Kershaw being injured. And during that time everyone stepped up. Puig had a really big issue (demotion) but he seems to be back – whether or not he’s playing to potential remains to be seen.

The Cubs on the other hand, are the Cubs. They have over 100 years of negativity and the expectations of a fan base they are trying to overcome that is probably higher than the Patriot’s undefeated bid and the 2004 Red Sox combined.

These teams played seven times this season, with Chicago taking the series advantage, 4-3. Games were competitive, including three shutouts (Two by LA). Despite having experience from a veteran standpoint, both teams are in somewhat uncharted territory playing in the NLCS.

It comes down to only a few things. Both teams rely on the big play. I’ve listened to probably 40 games for each team this year, and it’s been big home runs, top notch pitching and solid fielding that have kept them competitive. Not surprising, those are keys to every winning team. But in the playoffs, sequencing is huge. And both teams have the pitching to screw up sequencing. (What I mean is, you might get four batters in a row to go 2-4, but if they don’t get those hits in the same inning, you get shut out.) AND, both teams have relied on one to two big innings of sequencing all season.

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Now Chicago scored a lot of runs this year, and I think the LAD pitchers can neutralize some of the Cubs’ power. But based on their season averages, the Dodgers rely on that second and third time through the order to really put up some production. Again, sequencing will be huge.

On paper it’s a pretty even series. But I give the edge to Chicago. I think managerial staff will have a huge play in this, too, and Madden has proven to be in a league of his own. I hate the Cubs. I hope the Dodgers win. I hope it goes seven games to make Cubs fans sweat. But I begrudgingly pick the Chicago Cubs to meet Cleveland in the World Series.

2016 MLB Playoffs: CLE vs. TOR

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Cleveland and Toronto open in a just a few hours. Based on my completely bogus method above, which allowed me to go 4-2 predicting the winners thus far, I’m going to go with Cleveland as the winner.

Both teams have solid pitching, but I’m giving the edge on the bullpen to the Indians. They only played four times in 2016, and they split. Looking at the vs. stats is kind of pointless because one of those games was a 17 to 1 ass kicking with the Tribe taking the business end of that sodomizing.

Toronto does not have the patience that Cleveland has displayed. No one in the league had more walk off wins in 2016 than Cleveland, and no team pissed me off more this year than Cleveland. Last year, Toronto gave me that feeling all season, and once the Royals beat them, I knew they would win everything. I feel that way this year about this series. I just have a feeling that whoever comes out of here is going to win, and because they’ve had luck on their side, they’ve shown resilience and restraint all season, and their pitching has a slight edge, Cleveland will be the AL Champs in short order. In fact, I’ll be surprised if it takes them more than five games.

Ultimately, I just want more games like we’ve had. This has been an incredible post season all ready, and I can’t wait to see more drama, more clutch hits and more late inning heroics. I LOVE BASEBALL!!!! FUCK THE CUBS!!!!