SOUTH BEND, IN – Last night the South Bend Cubs got to do what every team strives for at the beginning of the season – make it to the postseason. With Beloit's loss last night South Bend's magic number hit zero and the Cubs got to celebrate a second half
SOUTH BEND, IN – Last night the South Bend Cubs got to do what every team strives for at the beginning of the season – make it to the postseason. With Beloit's loss last night South Bend's magic number hit zero and the Cubs got to celebrate a second half Midwest League West Division title.
This extremely young and talented group popped bottles on the field after the announcement over the loud speakers of the final score in Beloit. South Bend won the MWL Championship in 2019 and now has a chance to win the title twice in the span of three seasons.
The goal of any minor league manager is certainly to develop his players and facilitate the growth of their abilities throughout the course of a season, but instilling a winning atmosphere and a culture of success is part of that process and Lance Rymel has excelled tremendously in that regard.
South Bend has one remaining home game in the regular season, Sunday night at 7:05 ET, then after a road trip next week to Cedar Rapids, it's postseason time. In the Divisional Round the Cubs will host game one at Four Winds Field on Tuesday, September 13, with first pitch also at 7:05.
In the first round they'll face the same team they face next week for six games in the Cedar Rapids Kernels. The Kernels are just 27-31 in the second half of the season.
The postseason is a best of three Divisional Round followed by a best of three Championship. So now the magic number really is reset to four, four wins in the playoffs and you win the whole darn thing.
This team just has that never give up mentality, it's something Rymel talked about on the field last night and it was on display Saturday against the Lugnuts. Despite the Cubs losing the game 10-8, they showed incredible tenacity, battling back from an 8-1 deficit. The Cubs loaded the bases in the ninth inning and got a two-run single from Yeison Santana to cut the deficit to two. They then brought the game-winning run to the plated but couldn't complete what would've been an epic comeback.
But it was fitting the Cubs clinched at home, where they are now 44-21, the best record of any team at home the MWL.
There's simply nothing like postseason baseball, and fans in South Bend will get a taste of it come September 13. See you there.