Published: Tue, October 17, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Cubs' Maddon expects to be fined for critical comments

Cubs' Maddon expects to be fined for critical comments

"I expect it", said Maddon, who was scheduled to meet with MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre on Sunday.

Maddon was ejected in the seventh inning after arguing the overturned call with plate umpire Lance Barksdale. "Second of all, that was predetermined last night".

Cubs reliever Brian Duensing, fresh off a shaky eighth inning in Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday, returned to open the ninth with the game tied and closer Wade Davis presumed available in the bullpen.

One day later, Maddon doubled down on his defense, insisting that while Davis is healthy, he couldn't be used for more than one inning only three days removed from retiring the last seven batters he faced in the Division Series closeout game against the Nationals. "That's who Maddon sent out to the mound with the game on the line".

Maddon dismissed criticism when speaking with media on Monday. "He was not going to pitch more than three outs". Fans of literally every team in the Majors are convinced their club's manager is frightful at picking which reliever to use at what time, and while there's plenty of evidence to suggest the rigid and heavily specialized bullpen structures favored by teams a few years ago is not always the best way to go about securing wins or keeping games close, that's all gone out in the window in recent postseasons anyway.

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"All these things are factors". He adds the media "should be doing a better job than relying on Twitter".

Compared with the Yankees-Astros series, this NLCS is not so easy to follow for British fans as only one game from the series is now scheduled to start before midnight United Kingdom time and that's the potential Game Six on Saturday 21st. A few wrinkles in Game 4 and the team finished with 23 runs in three-straight wins to take the pennants.

"Joe Maddon, rightly so, is out of his mind but by the letter of the rule book you've got to give him a lane, he didn't".

"For me to be disingenuous, I just couldn't have slept", Maddon said. "Their ability to match up in the latter part of the game is obvious".

Now we can go back-and-forth and beat the decisions from Game 2 into the ground. If Contreras is the collateral damage here, if it means that sometime in the near and inevitable future, a season-ending or career-ending collision will be avoided because of the same flawed rule, then maybe that's not the worst thing.

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