Cubs Walk Off Doesn’t Worry Me. Really.
I was waiting to see when I felt like posting again. I haven’t written with The Disastros for awhile, being either too tired or at a loss for what I wanted to say.
So , I’m surprised after Soriano’s walk off grand slam I’ve regained the calm itch to say something of value. At least of value to the long suffering Astros fans I know.
This is a three game skid. This sucks. And few things are worse than a showboat like Soriano grabbing the upper hand on your scrappy ballclub with a huge homer.
But THIS doesn’t worry me. I’m no more worried than I was at any point in the season thus far.
The Astros should have taken three from the Dodgers recently. They came right back. They were losing series in embarrassing fashion all through the beginning of the season, yet here they are in the thick of things even with tonight’s loss.
They will always worry me with inexplicable hitting slumps and shaky starting pitching, but even if the Cubs sweep this series, the ‘Stros are in this thing until the end.
Our Disastros have fought momentum valiantly every game this season. Just when you think they can’t take another bone crushing loss (the Nationals eating them alive at home, right?), they come right back and win with a relative ease that makes me scratch my head, and throw a spotlight on their resilience.
They can also beat freakin’ Johan and then look mystified by a guy from Triple- A , so momentum hasn’t been a key factor in their season so far. They are actually, for the first time ever, taking it one game at a time this season. Slow, steady, mildly consistent winning, which may be enough to kick them over the top in this fun but floundery division.
And yeah, this grand slam might start Soriano on a tear, and the Cubs might stay hot because of it. But he’ll probably go right back to being the bravado guy with the hole in his swing and the inability to read a close play down the third base line. The Cubs will live and die with this newfound “momentum” for the next few days, or even weeks. There might even be something to it. It might put them over the top. But we know what will probably keep happening in the playoffs, sad as that is to think of.
And I know one more thing. The Astros of this team aren’t gonna pout their way through this series. They actually played a pretty great game tonight. They’re just experiencing a little late season dead bat phase right now, exacerbated by the absence of Berkman.
The Astros will keep plunking along, slow and steady until the real end of the season, when they’ll either fizzle or rocket hard to the end.
And I have the strange feeling our plodding turtles (led by the speedy Bourn)might just catch these hyped up rabbits napping.