Daily Archives July 4, 2019

Five Thoughts: Plantar fasciitis on Maddon’s brain?

Joe Maddon’s the smartest man in Major League Baseball.

Just ask him.

Better yet, let’s revisit all of his many smart moves that contributed so much toward the climactic ninth inning of the Cubs’ 6-5 … uh, loss to the Pirates on this even-beyond-that magical Wednesday night at PNC Park.

First, clinging to a one-run lead entering the ninth for an immensely struggling team — now losers of four in a row, with near-daily threats from Theo Epstein of a shakeup — Maddon handed the ball to Craig Kimbrel, a renowned closer but one who’s still trying to get comfortable after sitting out half the season as a free agent. Since Epstein ponied up $43 million over three years to get him last month, Kimbrel’s been rocked in all three appearances.

Mistake?

Eh, there’s a reason he was acquired...

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