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Re: Top 108 Moments for the 2016 Cubs (Now at #107)

Postby UMFan83 » Fri Dec 23, 2016 2:57 pm

Don't forget Lou did the same thing with Sean Marshall against the Cardinals in like 2009. But he only did it for one batter, Joe switched them back and forth which is awesome because it worked.
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Top 108 Moments for the 2016 Cubs (Now at #106)

Postby bukie » Fri Dec 23, 2016 6:58 pm

#106: Gregory Polanco Gives the Cubs a Gift That Felix Pena Saves




Why #106? - It's the season of giving, right? Sure, the Polanco error seemed irrelevant at the time, but after a string of Cub pitchers failed to get outs, it was suddenly the difference in the game that allowed Felix Pena to step up and make his lone statistical contribution to the season.

Why on the list? - Polanco is the gift that just keeps on giving to the Cubs, right? Plus, Pena gets to contribute, the Cubs try their darndest to blow a game they should have won easily, but Polanco and Pena won't allow it. Sure, it's not the most memorable Polanco miscue that allowed a Cub victory, but that was last year...

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Re: Top 108 Moments for the 2016 Cubs (Now at #106)

Postby Bull » Sat Dec 24, 2016 3:54 pm

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Top 108 Moments for the 2016 Cubs (Now at #105)

Postby bukie » Sat Dec 24, 2016 7:29 pm

#105: Kalish and Russell Hit It Where They Ain't




Why #105? - Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good. It's not exactly a walkoff, so it's an enjoyable moment but not extremely memorable.

Why on the list? - Always fun to beat Dusty Baker's Nats, right? This was maybe Jason Hammel's worst start of the first half, against Gio Gonzalez, and the Cubs pulled away anyway. Ryan Kalish played in 7 games for the Cubs this season, and this was his biggest contribution to the team.
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Re: Top 108 Moments for the 2016 Cubs (Now at #105)

Postby David » Sat Dec 24, 2016 7:52 pm

ha i was trying to figure out why i didn't remember this game based on the description and then i realized i was actually at the game when i saw the russell hit
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Top 108 Moments for the 2016 Cubs (Now at #104)

Postby bukie » Mon Dec 26, 2016 12:38 am

#104: Javy Baez Justifies Instant Replay With Sick Slides




Why #104? - Before replay, those are two obvious outs. Maybe not game changers, but it's fun to watch.

Why on the list? - Javy shows the world what happens when Javy is not the one tagging the runner. Hell, the second one he's clearly picked off, and both fielders hold the glove in front of the bag, so Javy dekes them, swims over, and reaches around the tag to the base. Just amazing, and it worked multiple times!
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Re: Top 108 Moments for the 2016 Cubs (Now at #104)

Postby UMFan83 » Mon Dec 26, 2016 12:53 am

I hope to see another "Javy got picked off but nah he's safe anyways" play later in this list...maybe like one in the NLCS?
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Top 108 Moments for the 2016 Cubs (Now at #103)

Postby bukie » Mon Dec 26, 2016 7:29 pm

#103: Hammel Hits and Heyward Throws to Down Cards




Why on the list? - Hammel was the only offense for the Cubs that day, and combined with a solid early start, held on to defeat the Cards 2-1. Heyward's catch and throw basically extinguished the only other threat the Cards mounted that day, and combined were the biggest WPA effects of the game. Between the pitching and the hitting, it was Hammel's biggest combined WPA in any game.
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Re: Top 108 Moments for the 2016 Cubs (Now at #103)

Postby Bruno7481 » Mon Dec 26, 2016 9:14 pm

I had completely forgotten about the 7 at bats from Ryan Kalish this year.
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Re: Top 108 Moments for the 2016 Cubs (Now at #103)

Postby Sammy's Boombox » Tue Dec 27, 2016 3:44 am

bukie wrote:#103: Hammel Hits and Heyward Throws to Down Cards
Spoiler: show
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxqpn6yvt54


Why on the list? - Hammel was the only offense for the Cubs that day, and combined with a solid early start, held on to defeat the Cards 2-1. Heyward's catch and throw basically extinguished the only other threat the Cards mounted that day, and combined were the biggest WPA effects of the game. Between the pitching and the hitting, it was Hammel's biggest combined WPA in any game.


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