Cubs closer Strop on wild-card roster

Sherman Parsons
October 3, 2018

Jon Lester will be starting, squaring off against fellow lefty Kyle Freeland. It was the only time this season Freeland has faced the Cubs.

Really the only guy who can be trusted right now is Jesse Chavez, who pitched two scoreless innings on Monday against the Brewers.

Getting a little nervous, Cubs fans?

Javy Baez showed no shortage of confidence before the Cubs host the Rockies in the 2018 NL Wild Card Game on Tuesday night. Maybe they had blown a five-game lead in the division, but they were still alive, which only nine other teams could say on October 2. They're focused on the Lester with the Cubs now - and lately he's been very good. It will be the first-ever postseason meeting between the two franchises. Arenado led the National League in home runs with 38 while Story was just one behind with 37. Manager Joe Maddon said they would be available out of the bullpen. Going with matchups, he inserted the slumping

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Not this time. Rizzo quickly grounded into an inning-ending double play, and the would-be storybook rally had crashed-and-burned.

The Cubs will have to do some serious soul-searching to find out why the offense disappeared at the most critical time of the year, including having the bases loaded in the seventh only to see pinch-hitter Jason Hayward strike out against a wild Adam Ottavino after a catcher's interference set the Cubs up.

In a season of big highs and big lows, the Cubs saved the best for last.

You knew they would.

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