NLCS: Dodgers Prey Again on Cubs' Collapsing 'Pen
It seemed like a 108-year curse had been put to rest last season.
However, in this National League Championship Series, the Chicago Cubs have rekindled memories of the bad old days.
This post-season's Cubs are literally handing games to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Game 4 had the feeling of Cubness lurking the same way someone might think they're a recovering addict, momentarily ignoring the fact they're still an addict.
How else to explain ...
- One of their top relievers walking Yu Darvish on four straight pitches with the bases loaded?
- That being only one of 23 walks the Cubs bullpen has doled out this post-season?
- Giving up a run on a strikeout?
It all contributed to a 6-1 game that featured even more Cubness, but also with the Dodgers' Chris Taylor contributing MLB's latest red-headed stepchild stat:
Chicago's bats, meanwhile, have gone AWOL.
Part of that, though, is due to a Los Angeles bullpen that's the exact opposite of the Cubs' in the three games to date:
Meanwhile, the Dodgers are so deep, they slotted three new players into their starting lineup -- Joc Pedersen; André Ethier, who as we saw, immediately made his presence known; and Chase Utley -- and didn't miss a beat.
What's more, manager Dave Roberts' hasn't needed to summon this dude until Game 4:
Los Angeles is clearly playing like champions.
Still, they've had help building their 3-0 series lead. Time and again, the Cubs have been doing it to themselves.
Chicago's gonna have to out-idiot the 2004 Red Sox to get outta this.