Or maybe not.
“We have a very good pitcher pitching (in Game 4),” manager Joe Maddon said of John Lackey. “We’re able to win that game (Wednesday) and the narrative is going to change entirely, so I can’t get so dramatic about it.”
If the Cubs win Game 4, at the very least they’ll be able to come back to Wrigley Field for Game 6, even if Clayton Kershaw goes in Game 5 and does his “best pitcher on the planet” routine.
All they need is some hitting, any kind of hitting, to tie the series up.
“I don’t think it’s panic, to be honest,” Miguel Montero said. “I think we feel pretty good still. Obviously you don’t want to be down 2-1, but we feel pretty good where we’re at. We want to be 2-1 ahead, but we’ve been worse before. It’s something we shouldn’t be panicking about it.”
Actually this particular Cubs team has not been down after three games in a postseason series except for last year’s NLCS, when they were swept by the Mets.
The biggest hit for the Dodgers came in fourth after the Cubs thought Arrieta had struck out Yasmani Grandal with Josh Reddick on third and two outs. But Arrieta didn’t get the call, and Grandal wound up hitting a two-run home run to make it 3-0.
“That pitch to Grandal probably looked decent on the monitor,” Maddon said. “Whatever. And of course, Grandal’s not been hitting the ball well, but then he grabs one right there.
“To the point, I thought Jake was throwing the ball well, I really did. That kind of surprised him and us as well at that particular juncture.”
Maddon said that if Arrieta had walked Grandal to put runners on the corners, he would’ve walked Andrew Toles to load the bases and face Rich Hill.
“So I was really anticipating even a walk, and that was going to be okay,” he said. “I did not see that home run coming right there.”
The Cubs are hitting .161 in the NLCS and have been held scoreless in 54 of 66 innings in the postseason. Last year they hit .164 in the sweep by the Mets.
“It’s the playoffs, man,” Javier Baez said. “Everybody who is on the mound is going to be good. They’re making their adjustments to get us out. We have a team that hits and plays defense. We haven’t done it, but it’s coming.”