Yesterday morning I got up full of joy, knowing that in the evening The Professor would take the mound for our favorite team and teach the Reds a lesson on loss. I got up, went for the morning walk. I took these pictures of a gorgeous new day:
That rainbow especially made me feel like a little more positive about a Cub W.
A good omen.
A little more hot sauce on my Cub Mojo.
Kyle Hendricks looked pretty good early - 2 runs score in the 4th on a walk and Mike Moustakas homer.
We were also treated to Nick Castellanos steal attempt in the 2nd where Willson Contreras threw him out by a mile. No he wasn't picked off by Kyle at first, but Hendricks is so good at that I think he can wreck the heads of baserunners and clearly Castellanos got a horrible jump.
But you know what happened in the 5th: single, K, ground rule double, a walk to Votto and finally a 2-run single chases Hendricks.
Rex Brothers comes in and walks Moose and then gives up the salami to Castellanos.
Reds are up 9 - nothin' and Sonny Gray's not going anywhere so Ross pulls Rizzo and Baez to rest them.
Bottom of the 7th Eugenio Suarez makes a throwing error and they pull Gray with 2 outs with Phlegley on 2nd and Souza on 3rd.
We're allowed to get super excited as the Cubs ruin Red reliever Brooks Raley as he throws a walk, hits a guy, then gives up a single to Nico Hoerner and a screamin' double to Kris Byrant.
Now it's 9-5 and Len says don't even think about going anywhere.
But then it's Dillon Maples and he's got to face 3 batters and dude can NOT find the plate throwing 26 pitches with only 8 strikes. The Reds weren't gonna swing til he threw one over the plate.
In short order the score's back to out-of-reach at 5-12 and the Cubs eventually lose 7-12.
Okay whatever the point is this: yesterday's gorgeous morning complete with a rainbow and the Cubs get pounded.
Now... it's this morning.
I go for my walk in the park.
I see this:
Symbol of bad stuff.
Heckle and Jeckle.
The only rational conclusion a Cub Fan can come to is that this crow means the Cubs will smoke the Reds tonight.
So rest easy, fellow Cub Fans.
Joe Kelly, reliever.
The Dodgers playing the Astros in Houston for the first time since the banging trash can World Series.
Kelly doesn't hit anybody, but... you saw the pitches.
He gets an 8-game suspension.
I got a text from a Cleveland fan that said, "This suspension makes me hate the Astros even more."
Yeah, it does.