Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon to keep job

"They didn't [criticize Maddon] when he made a good move and he wins the game", Baez said after Tuesday night's game.

Game 3 will be held in either Chicago or Denver, based on who wins the Wild Card game.

It's a nice gesture. He stunned Chicago, allowing just four hits and one walk while striking out six batters through 6 2/3 innings pitched.

Through 162 games played in the regular season, the Cubs won 95 of them.

Fortunately, the two seemed to have hashed things out.

Lester is no stranger to October baseball, as he's set to make his 22nd postseason start and his second in the Wild Card game.

All's well that ends well.

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Lester also pointed to Yu Darvish's and Brandon Morrow's season-ending injuries, and losing Kris Bryant and Pedro Strop for long stretches (Strop pitched in the wild card, his first time on the mound since September 13). But Heyward struck out swinging. He might even be able to get to third base on his own, opening up the possibility for a sacrifice fly, an RBI ground out, or a chance to score on a wild pitch/passed ball.

Don't blame the wild card format for the fact that the Cubs won't be playing in a postseason series this year.

2018 was probably Maddon's best work as Cubs manager given all he and the team had to endure and the players vehemently backed their skipper (link:https://www.nbcsports.com/chicago/cubs/after-earliest-playoff-exit-joe-maddon-era-cubs-players-praise-their-oft-criticized-manager). His removal in the sixth had nothing to do with his performance (he'd permitted three baserunners in five innings) or pitch count (86) and everything to do with his lineup's inability to scratch Kyle Freeland.

Arenado laughed it off and hugged him back. "Maybe we needed to get knocked down a peg or two to realize nothing's going to be given to us". But if Gore were to get on by drawing a walk (or being hit by a pitch), it's almost a foregone conclusion that he moves himself into scoring position.

The hug struck Rockies manager Bud Black as interference.

One theme that was very aggravating during the season was the Cubs hot and cold offense.

"We should always be ready and I think we were, we just lost", Bryant said.

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