The Chicago Cubs have gotten pretty banged up over the last few weeks. Javy Baez, Kris Bryant, and Anthony Rizzo have all suffered notable injuries. Due to that and the Cubs having been eliminated from postseason contention Joe Maddon has decided to give his regular starters a well-earned break when the Cubs face the Cardinals this weekend.
With Cubs out, Maddon isn't playing his "A" lineup in St. Louis, so @Brewers can start their bitching now: "Of course they're going to bitch, and I get it, but quite frankly, there are certain things I really don't give a shit about, and that would be one of them."— Paul Sullivan (@PWSullivan) September 26, 2019
I kind of love this quote from Maddon. The whole thing is expertly crafted. At first you think he is going to defend the choice with some logic and reasoning — that everyone is a major leaguer and it won’t impct the game much — but then he just goes on to say he doesn’t care. Delightful!
The fact is, just because the regulars will not be playing doesn’t mean things will be easy for the Cardinals. In fact, it makes me a bit more nervous. The Cardinals need to keep wining games to keep the pressure off in the race for the division. Let’s hope they can do it!
(I am out of pocket and writing from my phone — here are few links and tweets!)
Felix Hernandez makes possibly his final start for the @Mariners tonight.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) September 26, 2019
3.42 ERA, best in team history (min. 1,000 IP)
169 W, most in team history
2,724 1/3 IP, most in team history
2,521 SO, most in team history
In 2005, we were told he would be special. He delivered. @MLB
The Inexact Science of Breaking In Gloves | The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/27/sports/gloves-mitts-mlb.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share
The Cardinals Develop Young Pitching; The Cubs Don’t | FiveThirtyEight https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-cardinals-develop-young-pitchers-the-cubs-dont-which-team-is-going-to-the-playoffs/
#Cubs have announced their weekend rotation as well: Mills, Hamels, and a bullpen game.— Jeff Jones (@jmjones) September 26, 2019
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