The Cubs dropped both games of the doubleheader today against the Sand Diego Padres. In both games, Joe Maddon made some questionable decisions that did not work out.
In game one, Joe Maddon pulled starter Kyle Hendricks after giving up a two-out bunt single to Travis Jankowski in the seventh inning. Before the bunt single, Hendricks retired 10 batters in a row.
Pedro Strop came in to replace Hendricks, he was able to get the ground ball he was looking for but Javier Baez made his second throwing error of the game. After walking Matt Kemp, Brett Wallace hit a three-run home run to give the Padres the lead.
Joe Maddon’s decision to remove a pitcher that was on a roll, along with the Baez error cost the Cubs the game.
His second questionable decision came in the second game. In the eighth inning, Joe Maddon decided to let a struggling Jorge Soler bat in a two-out bases loaded situation. Soler ended up striking swinging.
Did I mention they were down 1-0? In this situation, it was obvious to ask Addison Russell to pinch hit. Addison Russell has been arguably the best hitter in clutch situations this season. Jorge Soler has been struggling all season hitting .175 so far. Giving Russell a day off should not be used as an excuse because Tommy La Stella and Ryan Kalish were available on the bench
Usually, Joe Maddon looks like a genius but today he proved that not everyone is perfect. Even the best managers make mistakes.