The Chicago Cubs took the Red Line over to Guaranteed Rate Field to face off against the White Sox in their last series of the regular season. Here are the results:
- Friday, September 26th: Cubs 10, White Sox 0
- Saturday, September 27th: White Sox 9, Cubs 5
- Sunday, September 28th: Cubs 10, White Sox 8
Let’s just start with this…
Arguably one of the greatest bat flips in MLB history happened on Friday night courtesy of Willson Contreras.
The Cubs spent Friday night on the south side of Chicago breaking out the lumber. Javy Baez followed up that bat flip with an absolute bomb of his own.
Kyle Schwarber, Victor Caratini, and Willson Contreras (again) also added on with home runs. Javy Baez also had another trick up his sleeve when he batted lefty for the second time in his career.
Lost in the hit parade was the performance by Cy Young candidate Yu Darvish. Darvish pitched seven innings of marvelous baseball allowing zero runs on only three hits. Yu Darvish carried the momentum from the second half of 2019 into the 2020 sprint. He finished firmly in the Cy Young running with some extremely impressive stats to back.
Going into Saturday, my optimism will only be brought back to life by a sweep of this White Sox team. 1 down, 2 to go.
2020 NL Central Champions
The Chicago Cubs clinched their third division title in the last 5 years with the Cardinals losing 3-0 to Milwaukee on Saturday.
Kris Bryant led the offense with a grand slam on Saturday, making his presence known. He also made his presence known by this fantastic response to how he handles all the criticism tossed his way day in and day out.
Jon Lester closed out his 2020 regular season with a disgusting outing of 3 2/3 innings pitched allowing seven earned runs.
That isn’t what matters here. The Cubs continue to add to the trophy case of what is the most successful era in their storied history.
JV Squad Gets The Win!
With the division title in hand, the Cubs gave most of their starters a rest on Sunday.
David Bote, Billy Hamilton, and Kris Bryant all homered to propel the Cubs to a 10-run outburst on Sunday.
Adbert Alzolay built on his recent success pitching five strong innings while striking out eight.
Jose Quintana added a few innings of work to his season resume while allowing zero runs on Sunday. It will be very interesting to see how David Ross manages his pitching staff in the coming weeks.
Not to mention, he has a new toy to play with. Top prospect, Brailyn Marquez made his major league debut on Sunday afternoon. He unfortunately struggled, but we hopefully have this to look forward to for a long time.
What’s On Tap?
The Cubs welcome the Miami Marlins to Wrigley Field for the first game of the Wild Card series on Wednesday afternoon. We do not know the pitching matchups yet but here is what we know so far.
- Game 1: Wednesday, September 30th, 1:00 p.m. CDT
- Game 2: Thursday, October 1st
- Game 3 (if necessary): Friday, October 2nd
For postgame reactions and analysis, be sure to tune in to the Cubs On Tap podcast on all major platforms.