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Why the Chicago Cubs should resign Wade Davis

The Chicago Cubs bullpen resembled a roller coaster throughout the entire 2017 season. Closer Wade Davis was seemingly the only consistently trustworthy reliever for the Cubs during the season and into the postseason. The bullpen was excellent in the first half, but at that point, the Cubs offense and starting rotation struggled. In the second half, the bullpen often wavered, walking...
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Winners and losers of Dodgers’ NLCS victory over Cubs

One half of the 2017 World Series is set. The Los Angeles Dodgers routed the Chicago Cubs 11-1 in Game 5 of the NLCS to win the series 4-1, advancing to their first World Series since 1988. With a lopsided series like this, we have plenty of winners and losers to choose from. The list of winners is so vast that Game 5 star Enrique Hernandez — who hit three home runs in the clinching...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon loses his mind after umpires overturn strikeout

Joe Maddon was ejected from Game 4 of the NLCS Wednesday after a strikeout was overturned by the umpires.Curtis Granderson was up with a runner on first and one out in the top of the eighth and his Los Angeles Dodgers trailing the Chicago Cubs 3-2.Granderson swung at a 2-2 breaking ball that bounced in the dirt and was caught by Willson Contreras. Home plate umpire Jim Wolf initially...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon delivers classic quote about not pitching Wade Davis in Game 2

Joe Maddon made one of the more puzzling decisions of the MLB postseason on Sunday night when he chose not to bring closer Wade Davis into the 9th inning of a tie game, and the Chicago Cubs manager had an awesome way of explaining himself the following day.When asked on Tuesday about his questionable decision to pitch John Lackey — who gave up a three-run homer to lose the game ...
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon should not have gone to John Lackey in Game 2

Up until the final game of the regular season, John Lackey had never made a relief appearance during any regular season. In it — an eventual 3-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds — Lackey tossed one inning, surrendering one run (earned) on two hits and ultimately taking the loss.Of Lackey’s 28 postseason appearances, five have come in relief. In those, he’s tossed eight innings, allowing...
Via The Sports Post
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon explains why he did not bring Wade Davis into Game 2

Joe Maddon gave us one of the great head-scratching decisions of the postseason when he opted not to pitch Wade Davis during a tie game on Sunday and instead let John Lackey pitch in a critical situation, which backfired.Jon Lester started for the Chicago Cubs in Game 2 of the NLCS and went 4.2 innings, allowing one run. Carl Edwards Jr. went 1.1 scoreless innings and was followed...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Justin Turner Walks Off Game 2 for the Dodgers

Wade Davis was warm. Moreover, Wade Davis was ready. But Wade Davis never made it into the ballgame Sunday night. Instead, it would be John Lackey pitching with the game on the line. Against Justin Turner. With two outs and two men on. It didn’t end well for Chicago: Just what was Joe Maddon thinking there? Ahh, yes. How could we forget about the all-important save? Instead, the...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Tale of the Tape: National League Championship Series

The tables have turned in the upcoming edition of the National League Championship Series. In a rematch of last year’s NLCS pairing, the parallels are stunningly consistent. A year ago, the Cubs stood supreme as baseball’s best team, and held the home front down for the series. Now it is the Dodgers who are the beneficiaries of pole position in the NL, and are preparing to take on...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Twitter reacts to controversial pickoff call that went against Nationals

The Nationals and Cubs battled it out in an instant classic on Thursday night, in a game that lasted over four-and-a-half hours.When it was all said and done, the Cubs won Game 5 of the National League Division Series by a 9-8 margin, and will advance to take on the Dodgers.The loss for the Nationals added to the long-standing history of playoff losses for a Washington D.C. pro sports...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Michael Taylor smacks grand slam for Nats in Game 4

Michael Taylor delivered the big blow for the Washington Nationals in Game 4 of the NLDS on Wednesday.Taylor smacked a grand slam in the 8th inning against the Chicago Cubs to give his Nats a 5-0 lead: Taylor went opposite field on the grand slam, which is no easy feat. He did it with two outs and off Wade Davis, making the situation even more pressure-packed.His massive grand slam...
Via Larry Brown Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

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