The magic number is down to two. One win for the Cubs…one loss for the Brewers. That’s it. That’s all that is standing between the Cubs and a repeat title in the National League Central. 151 games played. 92 won. 59 lost. And at home, a record of 53-25. Tomorrow at Wrigley they get another opportunity to celebrate on the home field, for the 54th time this season…and if accompanied by a Brewers loss…this celebration will come with the division and another trip to the postseason…another chance to get to and win the World Series.
Zambrano is on the mound tomorrow. Last time out we all know what happened. Lilly and company nearly repeated the feat the next day. The chances of that were ridiculous low. The odds on Zambrano coming out and throwing another no-hitter are so stacked against the ace, it’s seriously ridiculous to even discuss it.
The Cardinals are trying to make headway in the wild card race so they’ll be a team that will fight through the game and no matter what kind of lead the Cubs get on them early in the game, they won’t go away easily. The Cubs will have to come out strong and not let up the whole game. Exactly the way Piniella has preached for September and October to go if they’re going to finish this thing the way we all hope they do. To get a victory like today’s and not capitalize on the opportunity it presents would be a shame.
When I lost my internet connection while watching today’s game on-line, the Cubs were down 5-2 and it wasn’t looking good. I assumed we’d be stuck at four games at the end of the day and look to move forward with the countdown tomorrow. When I got the text message that said the Cubs won 7-6 I couldn’t believe it. I saw Ramirez go deep earlier in the game. The guy has been a part of so many clutch moments this year, its a shame his stats aren’t better overall or I’d consider him someone with great chances to be the Cubs and the NL’s MVP.
My favorite part aside from the simple fact that they won is the fact that a young player in Soto was the guy who stepped up with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to deliver the game tying three run blast. He was the NL’s starting catcher in the All-Star game, has handled the staff well this season and has clearly made an impact on this year’s team. It’s good to see him keep that momentum going in clutch moments such as today. The more the merrier and we’re going to need everybody flying on all cylinders in order to have a chance at beating the ghosts of Cubs past this October.
Of course the guy who is favored to be the NL MVP this season is Pujols and he’ll be a bat we’ll need to keep under control tomorrow if we’re going to do our part in obtaining a chance to clinch on Friday. Another title, another win closer to retaining the best record in the National League and home field through the NLCS potentially and the chance to do it all at home is on the line tomorrow. One more win from the Cubs…and of course one more loss from the Brewers. Voluntarily or not…sure would be great if all parties involved would corporate tomorrow. What do you say Brewers? Feel like losing to the Reds tomorrow? C’mon…you know you do…
…please? GO CUBS GO!!!