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   1. villageidiom Posted: October 03, 2016 at 03:37 PM (#5312333)
Ortiz is done with the farewell tours now, too. I am not doing any kind of analysis, exhaustive or otherwise, to see if his performance dipped when he had to endure some of the final celebrations in each town (and the extended one at home over the weekend). But to me he seemed worn down. Maybe he was just trying too hard to hit HR this weekend, and the poorly-timed hard swing always looks like a player is overmatched. Having a few days off should help him, maybe more than it would help anyone.
   2. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: October 03, 2016 at 03:39 PM (#5312335)
That's a great point. These last two series were as bad as he's looked all year. Nice call.
   3. John DiFool2 Posted: October 03, 2016 at 08:46 PM (#5312633)
Kimbrel since his return on Aug 1 thru the game before his 4 run meltdown had an ERA of exactly 1.00, and while he did walk some people that can be counterbalanced by allowing few base hits (0.98 BAA).
   4. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: October 05, 2016 at 03:21 PM (#5314747)
How are people feeling right now? I'm confused. I don't have nearly the degree of excitement or apprehension going into this playoff run. I think this team has just been so much fun I'm satisfied and if we do well great, if we don't, oh well.
   5. Toby Posted: October 05, 2016 at 07:24 PM (#5315008)
I am feeling fine. I feel like we are playing with house money. Really this feels like 2003 in a way. after we lost to the Yankees I posted here something along the lines of "we are in the first year of a great multi-year ride." That's how I feel now. If we lose, so be it; but this core is going to be back here again and do a lot of damage. I am looking forward to it.

I'll be happy for Tito if Cleveland advances and tip my cap to him and root for him the rest of the way. I'll be annoyed if we advance but lose to Texas or Toronto, two teams I really don't like. I'd like to see Papi do something big on the October stage one more time.
   6. Dan Posted: October 05, 2016 at 11:44 PM (#5315499)
I find it hard to get emotionally invested. I don't know if it's due to this team already exceeding my expectations or whether it's just the feeling it's the Cubs' year and wanting their fans to experience what we experienced in 2004. Perhaps it's a combination of both.

I'm sure I'll feel differently when they actually take the field though, at least somewhat.
   7. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 06, 2016 at 01:23 AM (#5315534)
it's just the feeling it's the Cubs' year and wanting their fans to experience what we experienced in 2004. Perhaps it's a combination of both.


Stuff that. "their year" my arse. As someone once said, "deservins got nuthing to do with it". The Cubs need to earn it and now need to beat Bumgarner/Cueto and the even year curse to get to the series.

I'm not nervous at all. If the team performs as expected they'll just steamroll their way into the series. The only team that matches them for talent are the Cubs, then we'll see. If they play like sh*t, then they deserve to get beat; simple as that.

I would love to see Ortiz make the series one more time though, that'd be brilliant.
   8. plink Posted: October 06, 2016 at 01:36 AM (#5315539)
I'm with the "house money" crowd. Love watching this team.
   9. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: October 06, 2016 at 09:03 AM (#5315590)
I have to admit I woke up this morning considerably more pumped up than I've been. Still, it's nice to be pumped rather than nervous. I'm ready to go, hope the Sox are.

And I'm with Hugh, if deserve had anything to do with it we'd have won in 1986 (hell in 1946) so while I'd like to see the Cubs or Tribe win if we don't, let's do this thing.
   10. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: October 07, 2016 at 10:24 PM (#5317820)
It's funny, obviously I'm concerned but I feel strangely confident. I'm probably just insane but this reminds me so much of 1999. I wouldn't mind throwing up 23 runs in game four.
   11. Dan Posted: October 08, 2016 at 12:55 AM (#5317997)
I never said they deserve to win. Apparently reading comprehension is tough.

I felt that it was likely, and a part of me thinks that's a good thing as Cubs fans have suffered a lot and it would be cool to see them win. Deserve has nothing to do with it.


As far as actual things that people deserve: we deserve decent playoff starts from pitchers making $20M+ per year.
   12. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: October 08, 2016 at 01:37 AM (#5318011)
Hopefully our 20 million dollar guys get another chance.
   13. Textbook Editor Posted: October 08, 2016 at 09:43 AM (#5318072)
I think we could still win Games 3 & 4, but I'm not liking our chances against Kluber in a Game 5, even though I suppose we would have Porcello on the mound (or some combination of Porcello/Price).
   14. Dan Posted: October 09, 2016 at 07:56 AM (#5318771)
some combination of Porcello/Price).


Is 5 days really long enough to engineer a hybrid Porcello/Price super pitcher?
   15. toratoratora Posted: October 09, 2016 at 04:20 PM (#5319040)
I'm not saying I'm worried, but it's time to start breaking out the Jack Daniels, gents
   16. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 09, 2016 at 05:50 PM (#5319090)
Well this hasn't been good. Giving up 5 runs per game and flailing at stuff outside of the zone is not getting it done. Hopefully a change of scenery will facilitate a momentum shift and set us on our way. It's a streaky team. Bad time for a losing streak.
   17. Textbook Editor Posted: October 09, 2016 at 06:42 PM (#5319108)
So if we make it Game 4 it has to be Porcello (with EdRod available if needed), right? With Price/Johnny Wholestaff in any Game 5?
   18. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: October 09, 2016 at 06:55 PM (#5319110)
I would think so. I can't imagine any other approach making sense.
   19. Textbook Editor Posted: October 09, 2016 at 07:18 PM (#5319114)
#18--Thinking about it some more... I think this approach possibly puts EdRod in play early tomorrow if Buchholz gets in trouble. In theory, Pomeranz and Ross could go multiple innings if there's a Porcello or Price blow-up in Game 4/5, but you need to win Game 3 to get there. No sense saving EdRod for emergency duty in a Game 4/5 if you don't get there.

This will be a tough mountain to climb, but not impossible. Kluber in Game 5 looms large, though.
   20. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: October 09, 2016 at 08:04 PM (#5319132)
I may be insane, oh who am i kidding, of course I am, but still believe Price has the big one in him.
   21. Darren Posted: October 09, 2016 at 08:13 PM (#5319142)
The beginning of the Simpsons tonight was pretty funny. Homer rips Fenway very accurately, so see it if you can.
   22. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: October 09, 2016 at 08:21 PM (#5319148)
I taped it, I'll watch it after the comeback is complete.
   23. Nasty Nate Posted: October 09, 2016 at 10:12 PM (#5319324)
The beginning of the Simpsons tonight was pretty funny. Homer rips Fenway very accurately, so see it if you can.
Yeah that part was pretty good, the precision of the joke made it work.

It was kind of weird how they did the Patriots with fake names for everything though. In the past, the Simpsons universe included real NFL teams and people.
   24. Nasty Nate Posted: October 09, 2016 at 11:05 PM (#5319438)
Hey, the Sox have homefield advantage in the ALCS now!
   25. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: October 09, 2016 at 11:40 PM (#5319480)
Woo!

After the win in game three game four will be at 2 on Tuesday if the Cubs lose, at 3 if the Cubs sweep.
   26. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: October 10, 2016 at 03:03 PM (#5319883)
So I'm probably delusional but I think the series is today. I think whoever wins today wins the series. Obviously the Indians wrap it up so that's not a tough call but if the Sox win I just feel good about what we have. The Sox haven't played well yet in this series and if they can shake out of it I think they can ride Porcello and Price to the comeback.

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