#Cubs Maddon: No blitzes today in finale
Cubs manager Joe Maddon will be scoreboard watching Sunday. Chicago began the day one game behind Pittsburgh in the National League Wild Card standings. If the Pirates win, they secure home field advantage for Wednesday’s Wild Card Game.
Maddon knows all about having Game 162 determine whether or not a team makes the postseason. On Sept. 28, 2011, the last game of the regular season, his Rays faced the Yankees with a postseason berth on the line, and fell behind, 7-0, after five innings. He was worried that he would need the bullpen in a possible one-game playoff against the Red Sox, but could monitor Boston’s score that day.
“That game was concurrent with ours, so you could look at that,” he said of the Red Sox game game against the Orioles, which they lost.
The Rays rallied to win, 8-7, in 12 innings, thanks to Evan Longoria’s walk off home run. Having all of Sunday’s games start at the same time will help, he said.
“It matters to be able to look at the scoreboard and try to figure out what you want to do,” Maddon said.
The Cubs didn’t have any surprises planned for Sunday’s season finale against the Brewers.
“We’re not going to do anything differently,” he said. “There’s not anything new to put in there — there’s no new packages, we’re not bringing a new offense, we’re not going to blitz any more, no 3-4 [formation]. Just go play. Please don’t do anything differently, just go play.”
— Carrie Muskat