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So you want to go to the World Series? Brace yourself

22 Octubre 2017, 12:38 | Gerardo Tarin

The remarkably unpredictable Jake Arrieta gave the Cubs life in NLCS vs. Dodgers

Joe Maddon says he might have run out of the clubhouse in his jockstrap if Curtis Granderson homered after blown call

But sports are most fun when your range of outcomes sways from thrilling success to spectacular failure. "And it's part of the reason why I can't remember much of this game". First, it staved off elimination for Chicago.

Jim Wolf admitted he was "dead wrong" in overturning a call that led to Joe Maddon's second ejection in the NLCS. The potentially good news for Chicago is that its star hitters, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, are a combined 4-for-29 in this series with no extra-base hits. The ball hit a back railing and caromed into a swarm of fans, beneath a TV camera stand. "Everyone was about half my age, but I pounced". The front-office and the fans seem to demand more, a normal expectation of an exceptional team.

Los Angeles made the playoffs eight times in the previous 13 seasons and came up short each time, often with Kershaw shouldering much of the blame. The Dodgers (24) are second in that span.

The Cubs won the NL Central with a little more sweat than was expected, which made wearing them sort of itchy but doable.

That gamble has paid off brilliantly. Hernández promised her that he'd hit a home run...he ended up hitting 3, and now his team is on the way to its first World Series since 1988.

They can start by looking at the bullpen, which blew game after game. With the win, the Dodgers advance to the 2017 World Series. By the looks in the eyes of the media and fans, the season is over for us. Cheers filled the rooms during the win and especially with Enrique Hernandez's three-home-run and seven-RBI performance. Epstein was never able to assemble the stocked relief cabinet that other top playoff contenders, from the Dodgers to the Yankees, managed to collect. Another clunker? A 27-strikeout perfect game? "I still intend to have another start in this ballpark". It's been a team effort for the Dodgers in this series and all season, but Turner is their best hitter.

Pitching coaches take a look at Jake Arrieta's mechanics and they cringe. "I went to my first Cubs game in 1971, I can wait a little longer", said one fan inside Murphy's Bleachers. We're going to do this. It sucks, despite the inevitability. Their best reliever, Wade Davis, is unavailable after throwing 48 pitches last night, and the rest of the bullpen has been shaky. Overall, they gave up just five hits over 17 innings.

Los Angeles wants to end the Cubs season, while the Cubs have a note inside their clubhouse that says, "Travel Friday to Los Angeles". Mr. Crane was extremely generous for him to do what he did. But still, they have already been written off. So that will be fine for the Cubs.

But there are benefits to these mechanics. It was going to be their last at Wrigley Field, regardless. That's about the only good news that Cubs fans can point to Thursday night.

It's a give and take for Arrieta. Bird walked three times in the game. A few of them might've even tipped their caps for this display of brilliance. Let's hope not the Yankees. The delivery that would get most pitchers demoted to Abu Dhabi has somehow worked. The former is scheduled to open next year, as the massive redevelopment of the area around the stadium reaches its final stages.

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