Rick Horrow: ‘Expectations In Chicago Were Higher Than They Should Have Been’

Sports Business Insider Rick Horrow, a Northwestern grad, has been a Chicago Cubs fan for, by his estimation, “nine million years.” Needless to say, Tuesday was not a good night for him.

Horrow was on hand for the Cubs’ back-breaking 5-2 loss to the Mets in Game 3 of the NLCS, a defeat that has Chicago one game from elimination and the Wrigley faithful staring into their beers and searching for answers.

“People are milling around still because they don’t know what to make of this,” Horrow said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “This was one that you never thought it’d be in the win column because (it’s Jacob) deGrom against (Kyle) Hendricks, but Hendricks got them to a tie. The real issue was the wild pitch on strike three at two outs in that inning.”

Cubs reliever Trevor Cahill struck out Michael Conforto to end the sixth inning – only he didn’t. The ball bounced in the dirt and skipped away from Miguel Montero, allowing Conforto to run safely to first and Yoenis Cespedes to score from third in what proved to be the game-winning run.

The Mets tacked on two more runs in the seventh.

“The bottom line is, the way the Mets relievers pitch, especially (Jeurys) Familia,” Horrow said, “3-2 would have been enough.”

The Cubs, meanwhile, have scored just five runs in this series. They look lifeless. They look done. In fact, Scott Ferrall said he’s done with the series and is just waiting for the Mets to advance to the World Series.

“Well, yeah,” Horrow said. “The only thing you could say to that – and a few people have already said that here, but I think they were drunk – was that’s what the Yankees said when they played the Red Sox in that ALCS years ago. So when you’re 3-0, you hold on to that kind of thing.”

No, you don’t, Ferrall said. What the Red Sox did in 2004 was a once-in-a-lifetime thing. If you’re a Cubs fan, you can’t hold on to that.

“And you know what else you can’t hold on to?” Horrow asked. “(Jake) Arrieta looked worn out two days ago and (Jon) Lester got out-pitched three days ago. As well as they played all year, which was way above expectations, the problem here in Chicago today was the expectations were a lot higher than they probably should have been. If you’d have said at the beginning of the year (that) the Cubs would go to the NLCS, everybody would have said I’ll take it right now. But playing the Mets, nobody knew how good they were and people realize now the Mets’ pitching is unbelievable. And when (Daniel) Murphy keeps hitting, who knows what’s going to happen?”

The Mets can close out the Cubs in Game 4 on Wednesday, while the Royals, who have a 3-1 series lead in the ALCS, can close out the Blue Jays in Game 5.

“I don’t know if Mets/Kansas City is unwatchable or not,” Horrow said, “but there are a lot of other combinations baseball would have liked.”

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