Joe Maddon 5
Joe Maddon is at it again. With his pitching staff depleted following an epic five-game ALDS against the Nationals, the Cubs skipper has named infielder Javy Baez the NLCS Game 1 starting pitcher in Los Angeles Saturday night.
"Look, we'd love to start the series right away, we really would," said a champagne-soaked Joe Maddon, "but at this point we've got to get our guys fully rested if we want to compete with the Dodgers."
“I thought Kyle was gassed after all the celebrating over the past two days, he’s not normally a party guy,” said Maddon. “Chappy is a strong dude and he was ready to go the distance, so it was the proper move at that point in the parade.”
Cubs manager Joe Maddon defended his decision to bring Aroldis Chapman in the seventh inning Tuesday night, saying he also told his closer to prepare for a 27-out save in Game 7.