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Thursday’s Hot Clicks: The Cubs Almost Got Bartman’d Again

You would think Cubs fans would have learned to stay out of the way. 

Oh god, not again


Steve Bartman is such a pariah that you would think Cubs fans would have learned to stay out of the way when a player is trying to make a catch in the stands. But no, it almost came back to bite the Cubs in last night’s game against the Pirates. 

The Cubs are locked in a tight race with the Brewers for the NL Central title, and every game is crucial. They took a two-run lead into the ninth last night and Francisco Cervelli hit a pop up down the first base line that could have been the second out of the inning—if only a fan didn’t battle Anthony Rizzo for the ball. 

“I thought I caught it,” Rizzo said after the game. “It was just one of those weird plays.”

Cervelli hit a double off the wall two pitches later, putting runners at second and third. Starling Marte drove both runners in two batters later to tie the game. 

Luckily, the Cubs were able to win it in extra innings with an Albert Almora Jr. walk-off single. 

The Cubs, by virtue of a Cardinals loss, clinched a playoff spot while the game was still ongoing. The Brewers, who beat St. Louis (thanks in large part to Adolis Garcia falling face-first between third and home), remain just a half game behind the Cubs in the division.

Jacob deGrom had simply one of the best seasons ever

Mets ace Jacob deGrom all but locked up the Cy Young Award with eight scoreless innings last night against the Braves. He finishes the season with a 1.70 ERA and 269 strikeouts. His ERA is the sixth-best in MLB history since the mound was lowered in 1969. He would have needed to give up 94 runs without recording an out in order to finish with the worst ERA in baseball. He allowed four runs in his third start of the season and then didn’t surrender that many runs in a start again for the rest of the season. 

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