(CBS) Cubs reliever Carl Edwards Jr. authorised an eighth-inning moonshot homer to Nationals star outfielder Bryce Harper in Game 2 on Saturday that, during slightest for a few days, helped change a mettle of a National League Division Series.
In a issue of that, manager Joe Maddon’s certainty didn’t vary a bit. Maddon sent Edwards behind out in a eighth inning of Game 3 on Monday, and he worked a one-two-three inning that enclosed a strikeout of Harper to assistance a Cubs acquire a 2-1 win.
Moving forward, Maddon indicated he likes Edwards in his common eighth-inning purpose though is will to use him in a sixth inning if needed. Whatever a case, Maddon wants Edwards in a high-leverage situations, confronting a Nationals’ best batters.
Maddon has no goal of regulating lefty reliever Justin Wilson, who struggled down a stretch, to compare adult with a lefty-swinging Harper or Daniel Murphy in a large mark if Edwards is rested.
“Why would we run divided from C.J.?” Maddon pronounced on a Spiegel and Parkins Show on 670 The Score on Tuesday afternoon forward of Game 4. “If your man is complacent and well, because would we not implement him? If he’s not rested, he’s not well, afterwards we go to devise B. So C.J. being complacent and well, that’s his slot, that’s been his container all year. Why would we select to do anything differently?”
Maddon didn’t sound prone to use Wilson in a conditions of importance. Wilson had a 5.09 ERA in 23 appearances with a Cubs after being acquired from a Tigers in a deadline deal.
“If your guys are rested, a tried-and-true method, you’re going to stay with that,” Maddon said.
“Justin came over, had he been nailing it down — we can’t remonstrate with that — like he had been, you’d substantially cruise it some-more strongly. But because would we travel divided from a regulation that has gotten we to this point?”