Like a bad sequel to an already shitty movie, the greatest team of all-time, the 2016 Chicago Cubs, beat the hell out of the Pirates once again at PNC Park tonight.
Pitching for the greatest team of all-time was the greatest pitcher of all-time in Jake Arrieta. He walked the first two batters of the evening giving some optimist Pirates fans out there some hope and then proceeded to shut the rest of the lineup down all night, only allowing two hits and no walks after the first two batters of the game.
I’ll be honest, I didn’t watch this game past the 5th inning. I felt like Harry Doyle in Major League when reading through the boxscore before writing this recap—”That’s it? Three God damn hits!?” Sean Rodriguez and Francisco Cervelli were the only two to record singles off of Arrieta.
The greatest pitcher of all time ended up going 7.0 innings, two hits allowed, no runs and six strikeouts, which was somewhat of an improvement from last October’s wildcard game. Anthony Rizzo had another two doubles, which I had to do a double take because he had two doubles last night. Are you kidding me? I’m not sure how Rizzo is only hitting .242 this season, but I think he hits about .680 against the Pirates.
Jon Niese sucked. He’s sucked for most of the season, but this was his worst outing by far. A.J. Schugel pitched three no-hit innings to help save the bullpen and Jared Hughes gave up a run in the 9th inning in just his second appearance back from injury.
The Pirates will try to avoid the sweep Wednesday afternoon with another less than confident pitching matchup on paper: Juan Nicasio vs Jon Lester. The Cubs are 19-6, which is a .760 winning percentage which equates to 123-39 record over a full season. They can’t continue on this pace. The greatest pitcher of all-time can’t continue on this pace…right? RIGHT?