On Tuesday night, in the biggest game of his life, he did what he's done all year: change speeds effectively and paint the corners. The Chicago Cubs belong in the playoffs with 95 victories and a run differential of +116.
In the biggest game of his young career, the Denver native put on a show-stopping performance at Wrigley Field that punched the Colorado Rockies' ticket to the NLDS in an extra-innings, 2-1 win over the Cubs in the NL Wild Card game on Tuesday night.
"We're not dead in the water", Maddon said.
The train stations in Chicago were packed Monday not just with morning commuters but also long lines of Milwaukee Brewers fans going to see the tie-breaking game for the NL Central title at Wrigley Field.
Even though it's October, Monday's tiebreaker game is considered a regular-season game. But what about the home run totals? Colorado won two of three in Chicago in late April/early May. If Joe Maddon and Bud Black had the flexibility afforded by the DH, there would've been more at-bats by Blackmon and Rizzo and fewer by Pat Valaika and Victor Caratini.
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He'll be facing a loaded lineup that features Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story, both of whom hit home runs in the NL West playoff loss to Los Angeles on Monday. This year, they could not make it to the NLDS. During the month of September, Lester was 4-1 with a 1.52 ERA, shaking off a shaky few months after the All-Star Break to help the Cubs back to the postseason for a franchise-record fourth-straight season. And they beat Washington in a grueling Division Series past year, winning Game 5 on the road.
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich has one game left to play and is making a run at the Triple Crown, and there is a scenario in which his own team's decision to not challenge a call could prevent him from accomplishing the rare feat. He's 0-1 with a 2.61 ERA in those starts.
Add Kyle Freeland to the list of hometown heroes.
Anthony Rizzo got off to a slow start before going on a tear.