I know that the vast majority of you were relying on our dearly beloved Chicago Cubs to win Wednesday. Most of the love came from those of you who read my post from yesterday that examined the threat of the 2013 Cubs not winning as many home games as the 1957 Cubs. Fear not, as the 2013 Cubs were able only to match those ’57 Cubs in terms of futility.
“We just got some balls to fall,” McDonald said of the difference against the Pirates lefty. “Liriano’s tough. He almost no-hit us the last time out. Guys got some hits early, and when you get hits, it breeds confidence in the lineup. You can’t make many mistakes against good teams and good pitchers like that. Fortunately, we were able to overcome mistakes and get the win.”
If you’re keeping score at home, James McDonald finally got his balls to drop (or fall). Confidence, consider yourself bred. 2014, here we come! Ronald had some more words to share.
“We’re trying to get to where these teams are at that we’re playing down the stretch,” McDonald said. “We’re watching how they go about their business, how they play the game. It’s important for us as a young team. I think every one of us in here wants to finish the season strong.”
As did “Dead Man Walking” Dale Sveum:
“We still have three games left and obviously it’s not looking good for Cincinnati and Pittsburgh right now [to win the division], but hopefully we can help them out and win Friday and see what happens the next two days,” Sveum said.
Sveum added (in my head): I’m gonna manage the shit out of these games, hopefully Theo, Jed or Theo and Jed will notice how much I care. Anthony Rizzo might be high on the win over the Pirates, but he’s also delusional.
“We have a very tough division,” Anthony Rizzo said after Wednesday’s victory over 16-game winner Francisco Liriano. “We want to play good baseball in St. Louis and go into the winter on a high note.”
I’m interested in good notes involving four homers in a game from you or Stalin Castro.
“The bar is set now,” Rizzo said. “Those teams are young, and they are not going anywhere for years to come. We need to step our game up all around and continue grow as a team and as people.”
Amen, Anthony. The next step is yours to take.