When people talk about team chemistry or specific times for teams to “gel”, well the Chicago Cubs nine game winning streak is a perfect example of a team getting it done at the right time. Last night, the Cubs swept the Los Angeles Angeles 3-1 in front of an enthusiastic crowd at Wrigley Field. The All Star Break had been kind to the Cubs and last night’s starter Jason Hammel, who is now 5-0 since the Summer Classic, has a record of 7-1 in 11 home starts. Yes, you can say the Confines have been certainly friendly.
“I’ve never been on a team this good before,” Hammel said. “It’s kind of silly to go out and watch the guys do their work and how consistent they are. You know something good is going to happen, you really do. We expect to win, and if you don’t, you turn the page.”
It’s staggering to think that the Cubs (along with the Nationals) are the only teams with three pitchers knotting 12 wins or higher.
There was a moment in the game where the present met the future when young Carl Edwards Jr. stared Mike Trout and Albert Pujols down by keeping the ball away from the Angels’ heavy hitters. The fact that there were two runners on and nobody out would have chased any young reliever from the mound but Edwards proved fearless in the eighth inning.
“I just pulled my hat down more, so I don’t see their faces,” Edwards said.
Today is a different beast altogether. Sure, the St. Louis Cardinals have been outclassed this year by the North Siders but that doesn’t mean that the intense rivalry these two clubs share won’t heat up when the series kicks off. This 4 game series should be a testament to the shift in the National League Central Division. The Cardinals are playing spoiler to the Cubs winning streak and they wouldn’t have it any other way.
“From a baseball purist’s perspective, we’re playing baseball well. You’re getting great starting pitching and timely hitting and extraordinary defense. That’s a nice formula to win at any level. Our guys are coming out ready, nobody’s taking anything for granted. We’re going day by day — I’m loving all that.” Maddon said.