2017 Cubs victories revisited, September 15: Cubs 8, Cardinals 2

Mr. Lackey got upset, and then the Cubs won.

John Lackey’s tirade seemed to energize the Cubs, as they exploded for a seven-run inning to win this game. It made their record 81-66, they led the N.L. Central by three games, and their magic number was reduced to 13.

Let’s get this out of the way right now.

This was a strike, Jordan Baker.

Call hurts #Cubs
Ball 3 should be strike 3
Top 5 Lackey vs Martinez
2% call same
5.4in from edge

— Cubs Strike Zone (@CubsUmp) September 15, 2017

Perhaps I have not made myself clear.

That pitch was strike three, Jordan Baker.

Good call Ump!

— Kristina Lackey (@klackey33) September 15, 2017

Another look at the pitch that led to John Lackey and Willson Contreras’s ejection. Pitch No. 5 was called a ball.

— Jared Diamond (@jareddiamond) September 15, 2017

You know, some of the things we see on the @CubsUmp Twitter account are borderline calls that could go either way; I’ve argued for automated ball-and-strike calls and we can debate whether certain pitches are balls or strikes.

But oh my, Jordan Baker, that pitch by John Lackey was right down the middle …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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