It's September 2nd and our favorite team is so far in front it's just plain ridiculous.
The Chicago Cubs have a 15.5 lead over the St. Louis Cardinals, and one can't help but look at the wild card standings...
The Cubs play the Cards 6 more times and while I know Joe Maddon wants to rest people, it'll be interesting to see what he does when these teams play.
The Pirates have 6 more Cardinal games, which will be very interesting.
The Mets I won't talk about because it's somehow jinxy (don't want to mention the "i" word, but they're getting pummeled).
The Marlins were tanking but just won an important one vs the Mets.
Out west it's anybody's guess what'll happen between the Dodgers and Giants, but if Clayton Kershaw comes back at 100% (and I hope he does), then probably it's the Dodgers taking the division with the Giants as the other WC.
It was another showcase for Addison Russell and his clutch play, last night with the bat.
The killer 2-run single in the bottom of the 7th on a night when the Nube Bullpen was out in force.
Starter Mike Montgomery lasted just 4 innings and gave up 3 runs, and the pen had to shut 'em down for 5.
Which they did.
Rob Zastyrzny - I can't believe that guy has done so well.
2 innings of nobody gets on.
Then... I really never paid attention to Joe Smith before the Cubs acquired him, and like you I thought maybe not so good.
But he must have really been dinged with his hammie, because he came off the DL last night with the crazy-moving sidearm stuff and looked kind of brilliant.
Lastly was Carl Edwards Jr. getting his first save, and looking so adult doing it.
His first pitch to Hunter Pence was an 82 MPH curve over the plate for strike one, and then a 97 MPH fastball.
Couple more pitches and it was strike 3.
Then Brandon Crawford hits a grounder to Russell, and the mustard Russell put on the ball made sure Crawford was barely in the picture when the ump put up his thumb.
And it ends with Joe Panik hitting a grounder to Kris Bryant.
In all, 15 straight outs for the Cub Pen.
I apologize to neighbors who may have been trying to sleep, but that stuff excites me.
This Labor Day weekend is all 1:20 games: today it's Lester, Saturday Arrieta, Sunday is hopefully Lackey, and then the Brewers come to town to face Kyle Hendricks on Monday.
Could not be more fabulous.
Well, the Cards could drop a couple vs the Reds I guess...
Anyway, go Cubs.