The Chicago Cubs had a great opportunity to close out the Giants in Game 3 of the NLDS on Monday. Instead, they lost 6-5 in 13 innings and gave up a three-run lead in the process.
Chicago leads the series 2-1 with Game 4 slated for Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. ET.
How should the Cubs feel right about now?
“The theme of the clubhouse was two-fold,” 670 The Score host David Schuster said on CBS Sports Radio’s After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “First, paying homage to the Giants. They are now 10-0 in elimination games over the last half dozen years under Bruce Bochy. Sort of like (Michael) from the movie Halloween: You just can’t kill this character. So they paid a lot of homage obviously to the Giants. But by the same token, they also said they’re very confident in their own abilities. They took the positives out of the game. They said they saw a lot of pitches from the relief staff, so hopefully they get into that bullpen again.
“But they really blew a golden opportunity,” Schuster continued. “They had Bumgarner on the ropes in the second inning and again in the third inning and they allowed him to get out of it. He didn’t have his best stuff by any stretch of the imagination. So the Cubs offense, at times, goes into lulls, and if it wasn’t for Arrieta’s home run and then the other home run by Kris Bryant, they had no offense to speak of. But they are still confident they can come back and win tonight’s game.”
The Cubs took a 3-0 lead on Arrieta’s homer in the second. Bryant then tied the game with a two-run shot in the ninth. Joe Panik’s walk-off double, however, gave the Giants the win.
Now it’s Cubs fans who are panicking.
“Oh my God, follow me on Twitter and my Facebook page,” Schuster said. “It’s just littered with people who are beyond paranoid. Listen, when you have a 108-year track record of not winning anything, it’s generations of people who are paranoid about this team blowing it. Unfortunately, I’ve been privy to see it up close and personal quite a few times, not only in my youth but as a professional here. So yeah, I can understand it. It’s not going away until they win something. That’s just plain and simple.”
John Lackey will start Game 4 for the Cubs, while Matt Moore will get the nod for the Giants.
Everyone except Mike Montgomery, who allowed four hits in four-plus innings of relief, will be available for Joe Maddon and the Cubs.
“Everybody else is available,” Schuster said. “Even if the Cubs were to lose, there is an off day before Game 5. (It’s) all hands on deck for tonight’s game other than Mike Montgomery, who went the four-plus innings.”