David Price

Anthony Rizzo, http://www.bleacherreport.com

What a year. What a hell of a year Cubs fans, viagra even though it came to a frustrating end last week when the Mets swept the Cubs in the NLCS.

The year of the #WeAreGood hash tag, Jake Arrieta in a onesie after throwing a no hitter against the Dodgers, playoff beards and a young clubhouse has Cubs fans giddy for the future.

The Cubs were the youngest NL playoff team getting to play extra baseball this October. With their victory over the Cardinals (who were a World Series favorite). Unfortunately, the Mets pitching staff and Daniel Murphy were too much for this young group of future superstars.

The Cubs won 97 regular season games, and back in April the Cubs would have considered anything over 80 wins a success. The Cubs came closer to the World Series than anyone could imagine, yet I can’t help but feel we are still far away from it with the series vs. the Mets.  It showcased our weaknesses. We are in desperate need of a number three starting pitcher; our outfield was dreadful in the defense department. We need some additional big bat to get runs.

It will be interesting to see what the Cubs do in the offseason; there are plenty of big names available Jordan Zimmerman and David Price are the two that have been brought up in many conversations that can give the Cubs the edge they need to end their 107 year World Series drought.

The tone has been set, and buckle up folks it’s going to be one hell of journey.

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After dropping game 2 on Saturday night, online Chris Sale led the White Sox to a commanding 7-3 victory Sunday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field. Chris Sale out-dueled former White Sox pitcher Bartolo Colon for his 14th win of the season, try bringing him within one win of American League leaders David Price and Jared Weaver. Colon imploded in the 6th inning and surrendered 5 runs which ultimately led to the A’s second series loss since late June! This is day 73 of the Sox holding onto the first place spot in the AL Central standings!

What You Need To Know:

  • Chris Sale went 6.2 innings and struck out 11 batters (Ks) to nail down yet another win and dominate performance.  A brilliant performance only a week after he was diagnosed with a “dead arm” AKA fatigue. Sale only gave up 2 runs and his offense did the rest!

AJ Pierzynski

  • AJ Pierzynski went 2 for 4 with his 24th home run of the year (a career high). AJ also delivered the most interesting play of the day when he was able to score from first base on a groundout! The Oakland infielders failed to cover third base as well as home, allowing AJ to sprint around the bases for the Sox’ 7th run of the game!
  • Even with Paul Konerko and Kevin Youkilis out of the lineup, the Sox hitters delivered enough offense to get the job done. Konerko is expected to return this Friday vs. the Kansas City Royals pending an exam for his mild concussion on Monday. Youkilis sat Sunday to rest a sore arm that was the result of being hit by a pitch Saturday night.

What You Need to Know: “The Tigers seem to be matching their wins and losses up with Chicago, preventing themselves from gaining any ground on the Sox. The Tigers lost their match-up in Arlington Texas on Sunday dropping them two games behind the Sox. Both teams’ next series features match-ups against division bottom dwellers. I’m hoping the Sox can continue their recent success against Toronto while the Twins muster up a three game sweep of the Tigers. Please?”

What’s Next:

The ChiSox will need to grab their passports and head north of the border to the Rodgers Center for a 3-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays. The Series begins Monday with Jake Peavy and Carlos Villanueva. Villanueva has done well his last 7 games and will look to silence the Sox hitters who just put up 18 runs this past weekend.

 

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