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Will the Dodgers Turn The Tables On The Cubs?

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Game 3 was played yesterday between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs. It ended in a huge loss at Wrigley 6-1. Here I thought that home cooking was needed for the team to get back on track, but boy was I wrong. They are now on the verge of a sweep. 

I had said on my most recent Corner that the starters needed to go deeper into games and keep the pitch counts at bay (other words pitch location needed to be spot on). That clearly didn’t happen, as Kyle Hendricks barely went 5 innings on 82 pitches, allowing 3 runs. That led to a tired bullpen doing more damage yet again, with CJ Edwards and Mike Montgomery allowing the rest of the runs. 

As far as the hitting was concerned, it remained lifeless aside from the Kyle Schwarber home run in the first. In fact it’s been lifeless the whole series. No one is really being patient at the plate, and the pitches they swing at are just horrendous. What else can I say? It’s a train wreck. 

 

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If the Cubs are going to come back to win the series, aside of the pitching, they need to let the pitching come to them. This offense surely knows what it is capable of it is honestly heartbreaking seeing this, even as a Sox fan. IF the teams follows those two keys, then they might have some life; but my gut feelings tell me they have no chance (shout out to He and She). Sorry Cubs fans, but you will not repeat. 

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Pushing The Right Buttons

If you know me, I have grown up a die hard Cubs fan. I eat, sleep, read, and dream about the team constantly. Having watched this team through the tough times and the countless 90 to 100 loss seasons, seeing the Cubbies go to three straight National League Championship Series makes me realize that this is the “golden age” of Cubs baseball.

So on the night of Thursday October 12th I watched easily one of the most stressful Cubs games ever. (Besides game 7 of the World Series) While watching it there were some questionable moves by manager Joe Maddon that had me wondering, “is that the right thing to do in this situation?” Of course, Joe gets paid the big bucks to make these decisions, and despite winning the World Series and leading the Cubs to their third straight postseason, it’s easy to look at the manager and think that every move he makes is a crucial one.

I don’t know how he does it, but he’s been lucky.

Heading into game 4 against the Nationals, I never questioned Maddon’s pitching changes or decisions to remove a starting pitcher from a game. It wasn’t until midway through game 4 I started to question a few moves made by the Cubs skipper. The first decision I question was taking out Jon Lester.

Lester came out of the bullpen and helped keep the Nationals at 1 run which occurred on an infield hit to shortstop Addison Russell. Joe decided to remove Lester to go to reliever Carl Edwards Jr who had a nice bounce back appearance in game 3 after surrendering the game tying home run in game two. Lester didn’t throw a lot of pitches and besides the walk and 1 hit, could’ve easily finished that 8th inning. Joe took out Lester brought in Edwards who walked two batters, then after throwing 1 pitch to Michael Taylor. Joe decided then he’d seen enough and brought in closer Wade Davis who then allowed the grand slam that broke the game open.

Now granted, it is fair to say this all was a bad decision in hindsight, but let me tell you why it was a bad move to begin with. Before game 4, the Cubs used only relievers Carl Edwards Jr, Mike Montgomery, Pedro Strop, and closer Wade Davis. He still had Justin Wilson, John Lackey, and Brian Dunning in the bullpen who had yet to make an appearance. So why bring in one of your starting pitchers, and use him in a game that if you had lost wouldn’t have ended the series. Not to mention if you did come back and win the game, he wouldn’t be able to go in the following series until game 3 at the latest. Even still, since the team lost in game 4 with a final score of 5-0 the team going back on the road one “reliever” unavailable in Jon Lester.

Joe Maddon is a successful manager, and has turned around the Cubs organization from top to bottom. Despite the success he and the team has had, his decision making when it comes down to the wire are going to be talked about on a night in night out basis. Even if the move he makes is the right one. Although it’s the ones like bringing in Aroldis Chapman in a pointless time in game 6 of the world series and bringing in Jon Lester during game 4 of the NLDS this year that makes you wonder if the pressure of the playoffs get to even the most successful managers a team has ever had.

You can listen to Curtis Koch every Monday night from 7-8 on 88.1 FM WCRX on “He and She”. You can also follow him on Twitter @CurtisK_Radio. 

No More Jimmy, Will Bulls Still Get Buckets?

 

The Chicago Bulls are coming off an offseason where they not only let go of Rajon Rondo and Dwayne Wade, but they also traded their star player in Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves. It’s safe to say this officially starts the rebuild that most of the fans have wanted since last year. That being said, who’s going to play where? Who’s going to start? Who’s going to make up the bench mob? Here’s how I think the rotation should be (before Zach Lavine comes back from his knee injury):

PG: Dunn/Grant 

SG: Zipser/Holliday

SF: Valentine/Mirotic

PF: Markkanen/Portis/Mirotic 

  C: Lopez/Felicio 

Coach Hoiberg has already worked with Kris Dunn on his jumper, so there’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll truly add a spark to the first unit with his already top tier defensive and passing skills. Jerian Grant can provide some decent-to-good shooting off the bench. 

Paul Zipser has come out of nowhere with a jump in his development after being the 46th pick in the draft pick last year. His 3-point prowess and athleticism on both sides of the ball should prove effective going forward. As far as Justin Holliday, he should be getting a bit of a bigger role with the Bulls after averaging 7.7 PPG with the Knicks last year. As long as he works on creating his own shot, he should be good to go. 

I see Denzel Valentine potentially having a breakout season after suffering a few injuries and playing limited action behind Butler and Wade. If he can be as effective offensively as he is defensively, he may very well be a sleeper player to watch on the new look team. As for Nikola Mirotic, I see him playing both the three and the four. I can only hope that he can have a more consistent shot and be more helpful defensively. I don’t have much faith in him to be honest. 

Provided Lauri Markkanen has no setbacks with his back injury, I expect him to be in the starting lineup. He has everything you look for normally in a big man and he has a silky smooth three ball. Plus with the agility for his size to go with it, expect the poor man’s Kristaps Porzingis to make an immediate impact on both the team and the fans. 

For the center position, expect Robin Lopez to be, well, Robin Lopez. While not much of a scorer, he can protect the paint and rebound with the best of them. Unless you’re a do-it-all like Karl Anthony Towns, Robin Lopez does exceptionally well in his role and will continue to the fan favorite that he was last year. As for Cristiano Felicio, who knows what role he’ll play? Will he be used as a scorer? Defender? Maybe both? Either way I hope he can make major improvements to his game as a whole to prove he belongs.

Here’s to a hopefully good season.

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