It’s Game 161, and #Cubs are working on bunting
Prior to the Cubs’ 161st game on Saturday, players and pitchers were working on their bunting at Miller Park. Manager Joe Maddon wanted to make the most out of their batting practice time in preparation for Wednesday’s National League Wild Card Game.
“The thing I love is these are Major League players going to the playoffs, and they’re out there paying attention and they’re very enthusiastic about it,” Maddon said. “That’s pretty solid.”
One never knows if a little thing like a well-executed bunt can be the difference in a postseason game.
“We’ve worked on it all year,” Maddon said. “But if you do it like that [prior to the playoffs], what does it tell the players? That it’s really important.”
This final week of regular season games has been a little like instructional league, Maddon said.
“You alter your lineups, you try to keep guys fresh,” he said. “In instructional league, you give guys the opportunity to play based on things you talked about or taught that morning. It feels like an instructional league moment, and that was my favorite time of year.”
The Cubs will face the Pirates on Wednesday, although the site is still to be determined.
— Carrie Muskat