Last night after Kyle Hendricks came through with another of his increasingly expected awesome outings, the Cubs' bullpen came in and cut through the St. Louis Cardinal lineup like al dente spaghetti.
Look at those guys coming, back to back, and tell me that other managers don't have bullpen envy.
Grimm, Ramirez, Strop, Rondon, and Rosscup.
4.2 innings, 3 hits, a walk and zeero runs.
Rosscup's strikeout of Matt Holliday was particularly satisfying with him watchng the 2 balls and 2 strikes low and outside, and then swinging on the high heat for strike 3.
Those guys aren't messing around.
They have a job and they go out and do it.
Back in 2010, when the Cubs were in the throes of truly Cub-like legitimate awfulness, they hired Rudy Jaramillo as the hitting coach in what seemed like more of a PR move than anything that had to do with reality.
Like that time in high school you were talking to hottie Rita the varsity cheerleader, and behind her your buddy Dave did that nose-wipe motion and you knew you had a big booger in your nose.
You just try to block it out of your memory forever.
Jaramillo had this impressive resume and some hitting dvds, but had pretty much zero effect on the team.
Now, the Cubs have Chris Bosio.
Think back as far as you can and try to come up with another name of a coach who has had such an obvious, real effect on a team and a pitching staff.
These misfits and bullpen kids that he's whipping into shape are turning out to be... the part of the team I worry about the least for next year.
Maybe a couple turn into starters.
I've heard maybe Ramirez, and what about Vizcaino?
But Rondon looks like the real thing at closer, doesn't he?
Anyway, the bullpen gives me goosebumps and while we all fret about who the starters will be (and with good reason), an awesome group of arms like the Cubs appear to have in the pen can really take the heat off.
So, pretty excited about that.
And it was so nice to be able to text Cardinal Fan Dickie after Welington Castillo came up with the walkoff hit last night.
The text only said this: "Ow".
After the Cubs took the Cards 4-3, the race in the Central has the Cards up by just a game and a half over the Pirates.
St. Louis goes to Arizona and Pittsburgh to Cincinnati to finish off the season so, it's a real race.
And tonight I'm going to the last Wrigley game of 2014 with Arrieta on the mound against John Lackey.
The last hot dog of the year - can't wait.
And just like you, I can't wait for next year which I hope to be the most interesting in like, the last million.