Joe Maddon upset about call against Cubs at second base
May 14 2017 by Kelly Saunders
The focus of game two of the Cubs visit to St. Louis was on the young guns. Naturally, Cubs fans were upset while the Cardinals were perfectly happy to benefit from a probably right but still annoying call.
For the visiting Cubs, third baseman Kris Bryant will not start for the second straight game after being scratched late Friday with an illness. And don't tell me a middle infielder was in danger right there. Maddon said. "That's my point: Please be patient". But the guy's getting hammered; he's not going to be able to throw the ball. It is likely they will go with Carlos Martinez, who would be on normal rest.
"When you're sliding on dirt, and you have momentum, you just keep going".
Saturday's win came before a crowd of 47,882 - largest in Busch Stadium III history - and with a largely different cast of characters than is usual.
If the Cardinals do poorly against the fourth-place Cubs this weekend or struggle against the Red Sox next week or in the two series against the Dodgers later this month, we can expect that narrative to take some shape.
The Cubs, dealing with their own injuries, promoted one of their top prospects, Ian Happ, from Triple-A Iowa on Saturday.
"It was a fun day", Happ said.
The wait is over for Ian Happ.
The team's first round pick in the 2015 draft was selected mostly for his bat.
DODGERS 6, ROCKIES 2 Clayton Kershaw pitched his way out of trouble time after time over seven solid innings, Chase Utley had a two-run triple as part of a five-run second and visiting Los Angeles beat NL West-leading Colorado. It has nothing to do with safety and protecting the middle infielder.
The Cubs also optioned pitcher Felix Pena to Iowa on Saturday. "There was nothing malicious about that slide". Instead of picking up an RBI, he grounded into an inning-ending double play. On a grounder by Anthony Rizzo, Happ slid past the bag while shortstop Aledmys Diaz fielded a flip from Martinez, and Rizzo was ruled out when umpires made the interference call.
Major League Baseball changed the takeout slide rules following the 2015 season. There's nothing wrong with that slide - whatsoever.
The teams will play a doubleheader on Sunday, when the Yankees will honor Derek Jeter before the second game.
Happ explained his side of it. But I'm over the rule.
Maddon gave his thoughts on this subject, as well, and he didn't hold back.
"I truly believe it's a vision thing", Matheny said of Pham. "That's where I'm hung up, man". In fact, I'd say the majority of the players around the league do not like the new slide rule. That had a tremendous impact on today's game. I totally disagree that was a non-safe play. There was no way Diaz would have had a play on Rizzo at first base and the slide wasn't meant to hurt the infielder.
Now, I know what you're thinking.if Happ is up for good, where will he play? "That's why I think the versatility is so important".