#Cubs Arrieta: “I like our chances”

The Cubs play host to the Cardinals at Wrigley Field on Monday in Game 3 of the NL Division Series, which is tied at 1-1. In a best of five postseason series tied at 1-1, the winner of Game 3 has gone on to win the series 34 of 45 times (75.6 percent). Monday is the first postseason game at Wrigley Field since the Cubs lost Game 2 of the 2008 NLDS against the Dodgers.

First pitch Monday will be 5 p.m. CT, and Tuesday’s Game 4 will start at 3:30 p.m. CT at Wrigley.

Jake Arrieta gets the start for the Cubs, and he’s ready.

“You know, [Anthony] Rizzo predicted we were going to win the division, which I liked,” Arrieta said. “We came up a little short, but we won 97 games. I don’t think anybody expected us to even be around 90 or so. So we exceeded a lot of people’s expectations, and I don’t think that there’s any reason we can’t continue to do so, regardless of how people outside of the organization or our clubhouse feel about our team. We know we can play with anybody, and I think we’re a pretty scary team for anybody to play right now.

“We’ve got nothing to lose,” Arrieta said. “We’re playing well. We’ve got a lot of young guys with a lot of tremendous energy. You know, I don’t think our young players are fazed by October at all; I really don’t. You see the plays that Addison [Russell] has made at shortstop, you see the things that [Kyle] Schwarber has been able to do, in the Wild Card game in the first inning, that huge base hit to score Dexter [Fowler] put us on the board in the first, just kind of swung the momentum in our favor, so I think we’re going to be tough to beat. We know St. Louis is a great club. They have been for a long time. We have a lot of respect for them. But I like our chances.”

— Carrie Muskat


Hoorah! Arrieta today! No nail biting, no holding of breath, no heart meds! Just happy anticipation! 😀

Absolutely! For some odd reason, the other three playoff games will be on TV here, but not the Cubs. I’ll have to watch on the internet. I’m ready. Let’s go get ’em.

Did you notice The Blue Jays utilized David Price today in Game 4 of their AL series and he was unimpressive once again? Most observers felt he would be saved to start the critical Game 5. I mention all this because many contributors on here have advocated that the Cubs pursue Price in the coming off-season. David`s postseason record over the years has been dismal. It will take a `king`s ransom` to sign him, and I suggest all parties involved in such a decision should think long and hard about that.

Aloha jhosk! If Price keeps pitching this way, maybe the FO can sign him for a “5%” discount?! Mahalo!

5% is too light, k.g. 20% is more realistic. (Smiling) How about the results Manny Ramirez is getting with Soler and Starlin! He`s `in their ears` as Joe Maddon suggested. We are seeing marked improvement with the approaches of each player. That was brilliant of Theo to decide to make Manny a member of the organization. Who knows `hitting` more than that individual? Manny has had his issues over the years, but I`ve never heard anyone deny he was one of the best offensive players the game has seen.

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