NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
W - Hendricks (1-1), patient Cubs fans.
L - Kershaw (1-1), insufferable talk of curses.
Things to Take from This Game
1. Kyle Hendricks, Cy Young Worthy.
We saw Peak Kyle tonight, with masterful, easy dominance working an 89-90 fastball all over and keeping the changeup darting. He was backed up by our usual, superior defense, save one harmless error from Baez, who more than made up for it on other plays, including the game-ending double-play turn.
2. Leadoff XBH and two-strike RBI.
The Cubs led off the first and second with doubles, and the fourth with a home run. They drove in several runs on two-strike pitches from Kershaw. This was a dominating offensive performance against Kershaw, being able both to jump on him early in the count, and also to work counts. Kershaw struggled to put anyone away.
3. Vintage Cubs.
Tonight, the Cubs were the superior defensive team, with the superior starting pitching, a relentless offense and a valuable home-field advantage. It was a game worthy of the time capsule for representing what we've been about this magical year.
“There is a lot of sentiment for a seven-game division series,” Weiner said. “I think a properly constructed postseason schedule could accommodate three seven-game series but still have it extend over a shorter period of time than what happened this year.”