MORRISSEY: Goal was one win in DC, so mission accomplished for Cubs

Who made the Cubs' NLDS roster, who didn't and why

I take some solace that members of Cubs' front office have said they wanted to emulate the Cardinals' success when they started their rebuild.

"You do your best to keep your spirits up".

After the Chicago Cubs took Game 1 from the Washington Nationals, I stayed up to watch the Dodgers and Diamondbacks.

The Nationals took care of business in the top of the 9th, shutting the door on the Cubs and sending the series to Chicago tied at one game a piece.

What does it all mean?

We salute whoever's job is it to measure each and every of these must items, because that must get tedious.

In previous Octobers, the only luck Zimmermann and his team have experienced has been bad.

"Sure, of course you want to be a little greedy, " Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant said. So you have to kind of weigh both. But he's proven to be valuable, and Maddon knows when to pick his spots with him. At the same time, a familiar monster reared its ugly head on the Cubs. Game 3 is Monday at Wrigley Field. They had accumulated one run and four hits through the first 16 innings of their NL Division Series against the Chicago Cubs. The left-hander threw 86 pitches before he was pulled in favor of a pinch hitter. Can he push off the rubber with the affected leg?

The Nationals almost rallied in the bottom of the fifth inning, loading the bases with two outs.

Jon Lester held Washington to one run and two hits through six innings in Game 2, but Cubs manager Joe Maddon turned to his bullpen and everything changed.

Maybe its the team leadership, or the development along the way. Plenty of people thought the series was over when the Cubs beat Strasburg on Friday.

Cubs brass, particularly president Theo Epstein, went against the old adage that teams are built through pitching, instead drafting and acquiring power bats and strong defensive players. But what the Cubs are currently doing is.

For the first 16 innings of the NLDS, the Nationals were searching for offense and general signs of life against the Cubs. Edwards' curve to Harper didn't just hang, it loitered. They scored five times in the eighth inning behind home runs by Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman. Should he have given Edwards a day of rest after he pitched Friday?

The Cubs used to be one of the teams that had big expectations out of their prospects that would always fall flat. It didn't work this time.

Lefty Gio Gonzalez did throw off a bullpen mound Thursday, making it seem likely he would start Game 2 on Saturday.

By championship probability added, Zimmerman's home run was the fifth most impactful play of the postseason so far. "He has the repertoire, character and makeup to be a No. 1 starter". He was just 3 for 18 in his final five regular-season games.

Now what? Monday. Monday is what's what. "Pouting is not going to help you the next time you come up".

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