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Mind of Maddon How Joe Maddon used his belief system to guide the Cubs back to the postseason
Cubs manager Joe Maddon (left) and Ian Happ celebrate the team's 8-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on September 15, 2017, at Wrigley Field. Officials with the Office of Emergency Management and Communications have had meetings with the Cubs for the last two days.
SN: OK, first of all, we're about the same age, so I'm going to need you to stop talking about how you're getting up there in years, if you don't mind.
The Cubs got their world championship mojo back after a 43-45 start to the season leading into the All-Star break.
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As the Chicago Cubs stormed the field last week after clinching their second straight National League Central Division title, one thought went through the mind of reliever Brian Duensing. The rest of the Nats' NLDS rotation will be determined after Max Scherzer (hamstring) throws a bullpen session on Thursday afternoon. The Cubs have the slight edge in pitching with more reliable starters who have playoff experience and a better bullpen. When asked about what he remembers most about his four seasons with the Cubs, Baker's memories are not all positive.
SN: Obviously, the goal for the Cubs is to win the World Series again. Lester started the opener in each of Chicago's three playoff series past year, but he missed part of August with tightness in his left lat and general shoulder fatigue and struggled down the stretch before finishing strong.
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As the defending World Champs, Chicago will not go quietly into that good night.
"We'll let the Cubs know", Baker said sarcastically of any announcement. "We've been there and we've done it".
"What comes to my mind is how well we started off and how thing certainly could have been different". We've been up in the series, down in the series. He was hurt September 4, did not pitch again until September 21 and went three innings vs. St. Louis in second-shortest outing of season.
He doesn't have a big arm like most playoff pitchers, but he doesn't make many mistakes, either. But the one thing that has to be mentioned is the Cubs' drive for a World Series last year and their drive this year can not possibly be the same, motivation-wise.
"We believe we have a good plan in place", Guidice said. This year the starting pitching has been inconsistent compared to last year, and I think the offense has finally found its groove. Veteran pitchers like Jake Arrieta and John Lackey had decreased production as well to result in their first half struggle. You'd just see guys in there working all the time, constantly. "I think you just have to do a little bit of soul searching, look yourself in the mirror, and when things don't go well, learn from it". That always serves you well in pressurized situations.
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