Cubs Drop Game 163 To Brewers... What's Next?
The Cubs sure do love avoiding the path of least resistance don’t they?
The boys in blue and red went into today’s one game showdown with the Milwaukee Brewers needing a win to capture the NL Central Division title and clinch home-field advantage through the NL side of the playoffs. In a year where injuries and inconsistencies have been commonplace for this ball club, I was apprehensive, but also confident the Cubs I know and love would show up. I was mighty wrong.
After going four innings without a hit and trailing one run, the Cubs were finally on the board when Anthony Rizzo blasted his 25th home run of the season that was a no doubter to right field. For the first time in forever, I was listening to the game on the radio so I had to browse Twitter for the video after the fact to watch in awe. But nonetheless, here they were with life ready to bring out the Cubbie hit machine and get it all figured out.
Unfortunately for us fans, that was all she wrote for the Cubs scoring. The Brewers would go on to take the lead for good with 2 runs in the eighth inning and watch their bullpen shutdown the Cubs at the end of the game. For me, this game represented an opportunity wasted. But all is not lost.
Sure we have to head into a do-or-die scenario against the Colorado Rockies: a situation that seemed like a foreign concept heading into the season and an uncomfortable reality going into Tuesday. But this is not the end of the world. In fact, it seems to be moments the Cubs relish in.
This is a group that has dealt with its fair share of pressure. You don’t break a century-long curse after falling down 3-1 in the final series without feeling a little heat. But this group time and time again has shown they will not wilt in the face of adversity. But the question begs to be be asked…
Can they not act too cool for this moment?
I’d like to see a team come out tomorrow like they are fighting for their season because they are. The “everything is going to be alright approach” is something I love about this group. The calm in the eye of the storm has been critical this season while watching injuries, ineffectiveness and off-the-field distractions (looking at you Addison Russell) affect the club, but now it truly is win or go home. I think Chicago will agree with me when I say I’m not ready for this season to end just yet.
Prediction: Cubs win 6-2.