Quite a Wild Card game between the Cubs and Pirates last night.
Kinda silly that the number one seed automatically plays the Wild Card team, though. The Cards and Cubs have the two best records and they have to play each other in the first round. It ought to be Cardinals/Mets and Cubs/Dodgers in the first round. Instead, the Wild Card and NLDS is just the Central Division sorting itself out to see who gets to play one of the teams with the two worst records.
Fun fact, four of the five NL Central Division teams had winning records against the NL East and even doormat Cincy was 16-17. Another fun fact, Pittsburgh was just 34-42 against Central Division rivals, but totally dominated the East (24-9) and West (27-6) and the AL (13-7) to win their 98 games. The Cubs and Cardinals were both 46-30 in their division.
"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort." - Herm Albright
Tough to see the Cardinals bow out. The pitching was gassed. On one hand I feel like Matheny gets outplayed by the best managers in the playoffs but I'm not sure he really made that many mistakes. The pitchers just didn't execute and the Cubs made them pay. The offense was actually good enough, which for a lot of the year it wasn't.
Congrats to the Mets on sweeping the Cubs & advancing to the WS
The Mets have been on fire since taking out the Dodgers, and they aren't letting up. They are my pick to win it all now.
Congrats to the Cubs on a great season too. After rebuilding the team and hiring Joe Maddon, they weren't predicted to contend so soon. It was impressive to see them win the wild card game against PIT and win the division series against STL. The Cubbies will definitely be in the mix again next season.
Sailing on a BW midnight boat, their were no questions asked. Waters so green and the air was so clean Matt stuck right to his task.