The Cubs Advance to the NLCS

It was the worst most awesome game that you've ever seen, and somehow they pulled it out.

Now let's build up those frequent flyer miles!


If you're going to let Lackey and Wilson just sit there in a situation like tonight, then surely you don't waste the roster spots on them for the LCS, amirite? Rondon and Grimm, for all their warts, would seem to be smarter choices. You can't play these huge games with a 23 man roster.

Had to save Lackey for possible extra innings. But Wilson? Yeah, if Rondon is healthy, he should be on the NLCS squad.

Never a doubt

Everyone on the team has to rest extra hard.

What about us?? We need rest too!

I’m just glad Cubs fans don’t have to feel compelled to refer to him as Michael F’n A. Taylor... a couple bounces go differently and he’d be our Aaron Boone. What a great series... 3 NLCS appearances in a row is quite an achievement.

Its the best first-half team vs. the best second-half team. Inreally wanted the Cubs to get Darvish. How fucked they gave up a terrific prospect for a useless reliever. How do the Dodgers become so loaded that they can trade everyone and still have plenty left?

We are so spoiled rotten now. Amazing the Cubs won 1 playoff series in the first 40 years of my life, and 5 in the last 2+ years. I was so not into the playoffs. Figured we had our fun last year. ...until last night.

Cubs United Airlines charter flight to L.. A. was diverted to Albuquerque at 5:30 AM this morning due to a medical emergency on-board plane involving a Cubs "family member." 

The plane remained on the ground for five hours while a second crew was summoned to replace the original crew. which could not continue because the crew had exceeded its flight time limit. 

Brutal. It must've been bright daytime by the time everyone got into their hotel rooms.

Yup, I think they were supposed to land here between 10-11am. Awful.

I go with Lackey in Game One. If he gives up four or less over six innings, the offense might have a chance to run up Kershaw's pitch count, and have some success against their bullpen. These are free games against the house. Enjoy them, as such. Dodgers in 4 or 5. Cubs in 6 or 7.

this HOU crowd is interesting. a ballpark full of fresh-off-the-rack astros gear going crazy screaming about a popout 30-50ft from the wall as if it was a no-doubt HR. ah, postseason in growing fan markets.

Q or lackey get game 1 lester gets game 2 ...allegedly. dodgers have seemingly committed to kershaw - r.hill - y.darvish - a.wood going 1-4

I think I'd like a Quintana-Lackey piggy back with Quintana getting the start and Montgomery ready to relieve Lackey against any of the potent lefties. Fangraphs puts the Cubs odds at 40% today. I think more like 30% after the travel conditions.

multiple sources...Maddon names Quintana to start vs Kershaw

Sounds like Schwarber will too.

Maybe I missed it, but I have to see anyone in the local media congratulate Todd Ricketts on his remarkably accurate assessment of the Nationals.

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  • crunch 4 hours 55 min ago (view)

    side note...k.wong is on 1st putting on one of those "baserunning mitts" (hand protection for sliding) that's extending past the length of his hand/fingers by at least 2-3 inches.

    they're going to have to start regulating this piece of equipment if this keeps up...


  • crunch 7 hours 1 min ago (view)

    Q with LAA in his debut for them...HBP, a wild pitch, and BB through 7 pitches...then 3 pop-outs to follow.

    blah blah spring training...

    baseball on TV...neat.


  • First.Pitch.120 10 hours 16 min ago (view)

    We just traded for Maddux!!!   ......... nope, the other one.


  • crunch 22 hours 47 min ago (view)

    yeah, i'm just saying i did consider piling onto it with a troll-level post about the's practically asking to be written that way.

    jeff passan did it quite well...

    that said, i had no idea zach bryant existed before today, but his early numbers looked oddly good (which means nothing without context that early in his career).


  • Charlie 23 hours 26 min ago (view)

    Oh, I mean the trade. You were quite diligent in posting!


  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    i contemplated writing the post totally trolled out as hell with "zach" coming after a wall of text.

    i decided the cubs being cheap was enough pre-season punishment without piling on.


  • Charlie 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    This is a straight up troll 


  • crunch 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    rsox aquiring ZACH bryant from the cubs.

    ptbn from the josh osich deal.

    totally useless trade...hopefully not a terrible loss.


  • Hagsag 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    Chase Strumpf and Andy Weber invited to the ML camp.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 11 hours ago (view)

    Ryan Tepera returns. Major League deal


  • crunch 3 days 9 hours ago (view)

    spring training TV is usually fluid...adding and subtracting broadcast games...

    first cubs TV (as of now) is March 3 (wednesday) on ESPN at 3pm EST.

    radio broadcasts available for almost every game that's not televised.  the cubs get going on monday and some other teams will start the day before.


  • crunch 4 days 6 hours ago (view)

    dj snelton's left elbow is screwed up...6 weeks rest then re-evaluate.

    looks like he's going to try to avoid having surgery.


  • Arizona Phil 4 days 22 hours ago (view)

    AAA leagues really need to play through the month of September, because with September rosters being limited to 28 instead of 40, players will need to be moved back & forth between MLB and AAA throughout the month of September instead of just through the month of August. 


  • Mike Wellman 6 days 5 hours ago (view)

    I get you, SW. Here in Des Moines, Cardinal fans flocked to I-Cub games when Memphis Redbirds were in town. That won't happen in '21 and even if it does in '22 & beyond it won't be as frequent as when they were in the same division. Not that I'll miss seeing Cardinal gear @ our ballpark...


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 6 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Ervin claimed by Braves. So we lose a potential future (and also current) asset in exchange for one year of a very mediocre Jake Marisnick.

    This team has no direction at the moment.


  • Sonicwind75 6 days 7 hours ago (view)

    As a midwest kid now living in Texas, new scheduling is a bummer.  Only get a chance to drive and see Cubs once every 3 years with interleague.  Really looked forward to those games in Round Rock and the one season in San Antonio.  I understand it makes more sense in the big picture, just selfishly disappointed.