It’s usually safe to assume that when a major league team breaks the 20-run mark in a game, that team will win that game.
Unless that team was the Cubs in 1979.
On May 17, 1979 38 years ago today the Cubs put on an amazing offensive performance, scoring 22 runs on 26 hits, which would’ve been an amazing victory had the Phillies not put up 23 runs on 24 hits.
Yes, the wind was blowing out that day at Wrigley.
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Nearly four decades later, the game is regarded as one of the greatest in baseball history not only because of the high offensive output, but because of the dramatic, back-and-forth way in which it unfolded.
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It was a bit of a controversial decision to bat George Springer leadoff this season. The young outfielder had proven power, but had not quite reached the average and on-base percentage usually associated with a leadoff hitter.
Less than a week ago (May 25), Springer was batting .231 and had seemingly lost his power stroke. But in his last six games, Springer has racked up five multi-hit efforts, four home runs and seven RBIs. He went 4 for 4 with two solo home runs Wednesday, finally showcasing just how dangerous he can be at the plate.
It’s likely that opinion will look wrong in the short term. Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring), Asdrubal Cabrera (thumb), Steven Matz (shoulder) and Seth Lugo (elbow) will provide a boost when they return from the disabled list. But the Mets have 60 games from Thursday through the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline. That’s a lot of time for more injuries and more bullpen failures. That will also be a period without ace Noah Syndergaard and closer Jeurys Familia.