The Cubs had TWO chances at home to still be kicking around in the 2018 postseason. Instead, they absolutely blew it, leaving their fans speechless on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field.
How many times last night did you think, "The Cubs have the heart of the order coming up, it's over."
The atmosphere at the game last night was sensational. Yet, the Wrigley Field faithful and baseball fans alike deserved more than two runs in 22 innings from the Cubs. Plain and simple, they choked with a chance to win the NL Central title, and in the Wild Card Game.
The Chicago #Cubs scored 2 runs in their last 22 innings in tiebreaker and wild card games— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) October 3, 2018
It's really the storyline of their season's second half, as they went from the best record in the NL to out of the postseason in the span of less than 48 hours.
It was the 40th time in 2018 that the Cubs had scored one or zero runs -- tops in the league.
This game was lost at the plate, obviously, but Maddon lamented the 0-2 slider to Arcia which started the 8th inning rally. Has to be a half dozen times this year he's been critical of J. Wilson for throwing off-speed instead of a fastball.— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) October 1, 2018
A roster that includes Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Daniel Murphy, Ben Zobrist, Javy Baez, Willson Contreras and Kyle Schwarber should NEVER be tops in the MLB in terms of games scoring less than two runs.
The Cubs' front office will have the offseason to figure out what went wrong, because Tuesday's game was simply a microcosm of much of the season.
It's a shame because the 2018 MLB Postseason deserved more Wrigley Field. The Cubs fans make it one of the best parks in all of baseball. Too bad the players had to end things early.