“That was all predetermined last night,” Maddon said Monday, a day after the Cubs lost 4-1 in Los Angeles. “Again, Wade was not warming up to come into the game. Wade was probably just testing his arm at that point. We had talked about it before the game. Up and in, for those who aren’t involved in baseball or professional baseball in general, when a guy has thrown too much, it’s very important not to dry hump him, as the saying goes. Get him up, then put him back down and then bring him back in later. So I wasn’t going to do that. Wade knew that going into the game. It was going to be with a save. If we caught the lead, he’s in the game.
“So whatever the narrative is, it’s really a false narrative. He was not coming into that game until we grabbed the lead. He was not going to pitch more than three outs. That’s it.”Maddon also took issue with a reporter when informed that there was great criticism of his decision on social media, saying, “The moment I start worrying about that, I really need to retire.”
“Listen, this guy just do yeomen kind of work — I love that word — in Washington and was not prepared to go more than three outs,” Maddon said of Davis. “I don’t understand why that’s difficult to understand. And furthermore, you have to also understand that it wasn’t the last game of the year or the second-to-last game of the year. It was about winning eight more games. All these things are factors. I really hope you all understand that social media doesn’t count at all. Twitter doesn’t count at all. And really, as sportswriters, you should do a better job than relying on Twitter to write a story, quite frankly.”The Cubs trail 2-0 in the NLCS. Game 3 is at Wrigley Field on Tuesday at 8 p.m. Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks opposes Dodgers right-hander Yu Darvish.
MIAMI (AP) — World Series champions usually get to keep on celebrating at the following year’s All-Star Game.
Not this year.
Manager Joe Maddon is the only member of the Cubs’ first championship team since 1908 attending the All-Star Game. With the Cubs languishing at 43-45, tied for second in the NL Central and 5 1/2 games back of Milwaukee, their only All-Star is Wade Davis. The reliever was acquired in December in a trade with Kansas City.
“Yesterday was an awkward moment for me accepting my jersey in front of our entire team in Wrigley Field,” Maddon said Monday. “To be presented a jersey on our field in front of all of our fans and have none of our players out there was different. It was difficult.”
The previous World Series champion with just one All-Star was the St. Louis Cardinals in 2007 with Albert Pujols.
Davis predicted a rebound after the All-Star Game.
“There’s a lot of talent on that team and they’ll be fine. They’re going to be good,” he said. “I guarantee it.”
Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.
Levine: Joe Maddon Insists Struggling Wade Davis Is ‘Fine’
By Bruce Levine– MESA, Ariz. (CBS) — The 2017 Cubs could have their best bullpen in recent memory.