Wed Funnies: It's like this is all just a game to Joe Maddon. Hey, wait...

Oh MAAAAN.
The disappointment of Jon Lester's masterful 7.2 innings of 3 hit ball with just the one dinky run given up (a homer from Billy Hamilton)... a 2-1 Cub lead... only to be dashed by Hector Rondon in the fail-save role.
Cubs and Reds go into extras tied at 2.

Then, innings of nothing as no one could hit any reliever and each team used their whole bench.
But that's where Joe Maddon may have a leg up on everyone.
'Cause he plays baseball like it's a game, and he's got a joker in his deck:
Travis Wood.
"One of the best athletes on the team."

Trevor Cahill had done a great job in the 12th, but in the 13th he gives up a couple singles and there are Reds on 1st and 2nd with just one out.
And Joey Votto up to bat.

Really really not good.

First, Maddon took out Cahill and put Joel Peralta on the mound.
And he also put Wood in left.
What in the world?...
Then a miracle double play line drive to Ben Zobrist ends the inning.
Top 14.
Baez - a nothing pop up to 2nd.
Szczur - a grounder to short.
And then it's Wood, who hits a fly ball to left and while it was an out, it seemed like the Cubs' most well-struck ball in the extras.
So far.

I felt change in the air and...
This is where Maddon began to play Twister.
With Wood in left, righty Spencer Patton comes in to face Brandon Phillips.
Out.
Then, left hand pitch - Wood pitches while Patton plays left.
Out.
Then, left hand left - right hander Patton pitches while lefty Wood plays left.
Out.
What just happened?
Pure fun.
(With the added benefit of actually working.)

Cut to Travis Wood in the dugout laughing.
Maybe he knew this would be The Big Inning.
Because then Zobrist walked, Heyward singled and Bryant knocked in Zobrist with a single.
They walk Rizzo on purpose to load the bases and get to... Jason Hammel.
Who grounds out, setting the stage for Javier Baez, who honestly looked like a man who would swing at anything last night.
Which he did again, only this time the ball went 430 feet straight over the center field wall.
Now it's Cubs 7, Reds 2.
And with lefty Wood on the mound and righty Pedro Strop in left, 7-2 is how it ended up ending.
Damn was it ever entertaining.

Cubs still in front of the Cards by 10.
It's almost July.
Greatest. Summer. Ever.

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  • crunch 6 hours 13 min ago (view)

    a loss is a loss, and there's more than a few of them with various people at fault...but kimbrel giving the cubs 4 losses in 22.2ip when given a lead to work with is some kind of special for a guy getting $16m a year to throw 60-70 innings.

     

  • Arizona Phil 6 hours 45 min ago (view)

    Criaig Kimbrel has allowed nine HR in 22.2 IP, and Rowan Wick is the only pitcher who has thrown as many as 33 IP in MLB in 2019 who has yet to allow a HR. 

     

  • crunch 8 hours 15 min ago (view)

    brewers win.

    14 wins in their last 16 games.

     

  • Arizona Phil 9 hours 33 min ago (view)

    I think what we saw with Joe Maddon and the Cubs players in 2019 is what happens when an audience has seen a comedian one too many times and the same old jokes that used to be hilarious just aren't funny anymore. Joe needs to find a new audience. 

     

  • crunch 10 hours 23 min ago (view)

    along with that, i'm not sure how maddon will adapt to not being able to use 6-15 pitchers in a 9 inning game once that's history.  it seems to be hard-wired into his managing DNA.  it's a bit of an exageration to say he wouldn't adapt, but his extremely "hands on" bullpen management seems to be one of his things.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 10 hours 43 min ago (view)

    Maddon shoulders plenty of blame. I’m not saying blame shouldn’t be anywhere else (cough pitching development) but Maddons style of managing is designed to keep a team loose. This team has been a little too loose since 2017. To say nothing of the puzzling bullpen management, excessive trust game to game and year to year, and other issues. Joe was the perfect guy to get this team the first title. He was never going to get us a second.

     

  • Arizona Phil 11 hours 7 min ago (view)

    And the MLB clubs that would probably have the highest degree of interest in Maddon for 2020 would be the Mets, Phillies, Angels, Pirates, White Sox, and Rockies (probably in that order).

     

  • BobbyD 11 hours 25 min ago (view)

    I despised that pterodactyl clown on the ass sox last year. Now that's he's made it his miss to put the Cubs in a death spin... Just drop him off somewhere far away. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 11 hours 29 min ago (view)

    I'm gonna say Mike Borzello will be managing the Cubs in 2020, and Mark Loretta will get the SD job. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 11 hours 30 min ago (view)

    Kimbrel has until October 31st to designate the eight MLB clubs to which he will not accept a trade, and then it will be up to the Cubs to find a taker (and good luck with that). 

     

  • Charlie 11 hours 32 min ago (view)

    Can we go back and swap Kimbrel for Keuchel?

     

  • crunch 11 hours 32 min ago (view)

    so...

    who's gonna manage the cubs next year?  =p

    barring a miracle over the next week i dunno if he's gonna make it to 2020.  replacing the manager is generally the go-to for a team looking to make a "major change" without actually spending much money.  i dunno if maddon can survive this collapse even if he doesn't shoulder much blame.

     

  • Arizona Phil 11 hours 34 min ago (view)

    Updated 2019 Cubs PH numbers (sorted by PA): 

     

  • crunch 11 hours 51 min ago (view)

    baez K's on 3 pitches.

    cubs lose their 5th in a row.  brews play a night game.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 11 hours 52 min ago (view)

    The patented Cub Tease Rally

     

  • crunch 11 hours 53 min ago (view)

    baez pinch hitting.  okay, then.