Do All Roads Lead to Losses?
The I-Cubs headed to Memphis late last week with a road record that was the envy of their parents and a magic number of nine. Had they swept the four-game set with the Redbirds, they’d be returning home tonight with a chance to clinch their quarter of the PCL and lock in their spot in the divisional playoffs. Instead of the broomers, alas, they were doomed and got broomed.
Not even 1st inning homers on consecutive days by none other than Dinger Dan Descalso and contributions from demoted and divorced big leaguers the likes of Almora and Zobrist could stem the Memphis tide. It crested yesterday with a 14-2 flash flood that finished off an aggregate 35-10 sandbagging there on the banks of the Mississippi, not quite 300 miles downstream from boring St. Louis. Hmm…maybe DD, AA & BZ were enough to infect the team with a C-Cub case of roaditis.
Still, the ICs sit pretty pretty. A seven-game lead with 15 to play isn’t mathematically insurmountable but effectively, it is. Except the last four games of the regular season are versus the Memphisians, here in Des Moines, where the record is only 28-31 (compared to 38-28 on the road, even after the Memphis massacre). The local park sits at the fork of two rivers but combined they’re no match for the Mighty Miss. Since the spring monsoons they’ve receded to sandbar and puddle levels.
Probably best to finish whittling that nine down to zero before the Labor Day weekend.