Cubs superfan Bill Murray could land his dream role

Cubs superfan Bill Murray could land his dream role

The playoffs start next week, as the Cubs face the Nationals in the NLDS.

Lefty Jose Quintana, whom the Cubs acquired from the crosstown-rival White Sox at the trade deadline, stated his case for a start in one of the first two games of the Division Series with a complete-game shutout Tuesday at Milwaukee in his final regular-season start. The key is for the Cubs to gain confidence in Arrieta's hamstring while not pushing him too hard in a simulated game.

The other? Jake Arrieta, but there's a small problem. The question is whether he starts Game 3 or Game 4, if necessary, at Wrigley Field.

"I think that game against the US was like a playoff game, " said Quintana, whose team lost 3-2 in extra innings.

Cubs superfan Bill Murray could land his dream role
Cubs superfan Bill Murray could land his dream role

However with Arrieta, there is no concrete plan beyond just making sure he gets some rest and back as close to 100 percent as possible. But the circumstances surrounding Lester are anything but ideal; entering his scheduled start on Saturday, he had an ERA approaching 5 and an opponents' OPS of.881 since coming off the disabled list in early September. Don't worry, though, in the second half Lackey has pitched to a 3.68 ERA, with just a.232 opponent batting average, with only a.705 OPS. Gant will be making his second start this season. In 168 1/3 innings, he has given up 150 hits, striking out 163, and walking 55, giving up a.235 opponent batting average, with just a.716 opponent OPS. The scary thing is that's one of his worst years with the Cubs.

Cubs spokesman Julian Green declined to disclose plans for dealing with counterfeit merchandise this season, but said the team does not intend "to relax our efforts to ensure properly licensed goods with our marks are in the marketplace".

Maddon was equal parts honored and humored by the potential of Murray playing him on the big screen.



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