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Cubs’ Joe Maddon Savors His Time With John Lackey

Cubs’ Joe Maddon Savors His Time With John Lackey

With Lackey possibly headed for retirement, Maddon offered reflections that went back to 2002.
Bleed Cubbie Blue Oct 17, 2017
Cub Tracks warms up

Cub Tracks warms up

Eudaimonia, social media doesn’t count, fidget spinners in space, and other bullets Cub Tracks wanted to get even with the Dodgers. It didn’t happen. Instead, the Cubs look to win a game tonight and even up tomorrow. They can do it, too. I still believe, and will keep believing until it’s all over. I understood perfectly when John Lackey was brought in. I even agreed with the move, cuz I knew it was inevitable. John’s a starter, and was there to log some innings, just in case. To me, the problem was not scoring Javier Baez from third with one out. I worried about that for the rest...
Grand Rapids Press Oct 16, 2017
Joe Maddon draws deserved criticism for using John Lackey over Wade Davis

Joe Maddon draws deserved criticism for using John Lackey over Wade Davis

The Cubs trail 2-0 in the NLCS after the Dodgers walkoff win Sunday. It's playoff baseball, so a manager's every decision is second-guessed. But even before Justin Turner's walkoff home run was launched into the Los Angeles sky, plenty of folks were wondering why Chicago Cubs skipper Joe Maddon opted for John Lackey over closer Wade Davis in the ninth inning. Sometimes, the "wrong" baseball decision works out. The game is hard and the law of averages can get a manger off the hook. But not Maddon with Davis here, even though the game was tied 1-1 in the...
Bless You Boys Oct 16, 2017
Detroit Tigers News: Did Brad Ausmus get a fair shake in Detroit?

Detroit Tigers News: Did Brad Ausmus get a fair shake in Detroit?

After Peter Gammons suggested that some feel Ausmus wasn’t treated well, the Detroit media took a closer look. The MLB playoffs continue to be wildly entertaining. In the opening game of the NLCS, Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Maddon got himself ejected arguing the slide rule that negated what would have been an out and put a run on the board for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Then, he left Wade Davis in the bullpen in Game 2 as John Lackey served up a walk-off home run to L.A.’s Justin Turner. On the American League side of things, Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander (still feels weird) went...
MLB Oct 16, 2017

Maddon explains why Cubs turned to Lackey

Cubs manager Joe Maddon held closer Wade Davis for a save situation that never arose on Sunday night. Rather than calling on his best reliever in a 1-1 game with two out in the ninth inning, Maddon went with starting pitcher John Lackey, who served up Justin Turner's walk-off homer for a 4-1 loss to the Dodgers.
Chicago Sun-Times Oct 16, 2017
Justin Turner stuns Cubs with walkoff homer off John Lackey in Game 2

Justin Turner stuns Cubs with walkoff homer off John Lackey in Game 2

Turner's three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth gave the Dodgers a 4-1 victory and a commanding 2-0 lead in the series.
Chicago Sun-Times Oct 16, 2017
Is John Lackey with two outs in the ninth really how Cubs drew it up?

Is John Lackey with two outs in the ninth really how Cubs drew it up?

After Game 2, we got a lot of sort-of answers from Lackey. But then, the Cubs sort of look doomed right now. The bullpen is sort of an epic disaster.
Demoted starter John Lackey blows it for Cubs’ bullpen

Demoted starter John Lackey blows it for Cubs’ bullpen

With the score tied in the ninth, with dominant Cubs closer Wade Davis available, the demoted starting pitcher was called on instead - and it didn't work out.
CBS Chicago Oct 15, 2017
Cubs’ Joe Maddon Didn’t Use Wade Davis In Decisive 9th Inning Because He Was Saving Him For The Save

Cubs’ Joe Maddon Didn’t Use Wade Davis In Decisive 9th Inning Because He Was Saving Him For The Save

Davis watched as starter John Lackey allowed the game-winning homer in relief in a Game 2 loss to the Dodgers in the NLCS.
Larry Brown Sports Oct 15, 2017

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...Read More
Orange County Register Oct 15, 2017
Highlights: Justin Turner’s walkoff 3-run home run extends the Dodgers’ NLCS lead over the Cubs

Highlights: Justin Turner’s walkoff 3-run home run extends the Dodgers’ NLCS lead over the Cubs

Watch Justin Turner hit a 3-run home run against John Lackey to extend the Los Angeles Dodgers' lead in the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs.
Chicago Sun-Times Oct 15, 2017
Could starter John Lackey help solve Cubs’ bullpen problems?

Could starter John Lackey help solve Cubs’ bullpen problems?

Owner of more postseason starts than any other active pitcher, Lackey looked good in relief Saturday, and Maddon will look to use him more often.
MLB Oct 14, 2017

Quintana gets call for Cubs in NLCS Game 1

More than anything, Jose Quintana's Cubs teammates praised his poise after a successful postseason debut earlier this week. In third baseman Kris Bryant's eyes, "you couldn't even tell it was his first start." Utilityman Ben Zobrist said "he just proved that he's a gamer." For those reasons and others, the Cubs selected Quintana over John Lackey to start National League Championship Series Game 1 on Saturday against the Dodgers, choosing one of baseball's least experienced postseason pitchers over one of its most.
Chicago Sun-Times Oct 13, 2017
Fatigued, upbeat and underdogs again, Cubs finally arrive for NCLS

Fatigued, upbeat and underdogs again, Cubs finally arrive for NCLS

The Cubs weren't even ready Friday to name a Game 1 starter for Saturday (Jose Quintana or John Lackey), but they say they're ready for the NLCS.

NLCS: Cubs Game 1 starting pitcher still unnamed, but there are two possibilities

Will the Cubs go with John Lackey or Jose Quintana in Game 1?

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