Chicago Cubs call on Jason Hammel to help save them from elimination


With the Chicago Cubs on the brink of elimination, skipper Joe Maddon will call upon Jason Hammel in hopes of keeping them alive and well while sparking a comeback against the New York Mets.

The last time Theo Epstein found himself down 0-3 during a League Championship Series, it was with the Boston Red Sox back in 2004. Not only did they rally against the New York Yankees, but they went onto winning the World Series by defeating the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Also, it just so happens to be Back To The Future Day. But we’ll continue to question the movie throughout the day, especially if our Cubbies are unable to leave Wrigley Field with a win later on this evening.

Last night, Kyle Hendricks received two runs of support via the long ball. Both Kyle Schwarber and Jorge Soler went deep in the game but made some costly errors later on.

Hammel (0-0, 6.00 ERA) picked up a no-decision in his first postseason start as a member of the Cubs during the NLDS. He worked only three innings that day, allowing two earned runs on three hits while issuing three walks and recording two strikeouts prior to turning the workload over to his bullpen.

Shortstop Javier Baez helped spark the offense by launching a three-run homer in a game that boosted the Cubs to the National League Championship Series.

If the wind is blowing out later on this evening, which it is right now at the ballpark, this lineup could match the Mets run-for-run from start to finish with a rookie southpaw on the mound for the visiting team.

First pitch is slated for another 7:07 p.m. central start time and will air one TBS, WBBM 780. A.M.

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