"In 2015, we were winning the wild-card game no matter what", Rizzo said. 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. The Cubs have won at least 92 regular-season games and made the playoffs in each of Maddon's four seasons, finally ending their 108-year World Series title drought in 2016.
The Royals may have missed the playoffs by a country mile, but their former players popped up in some key moments in Tuesday night's National League Wild Card Game.
Freeland, a 17-game victor for the Rockies this year, got the best of it for 6 2/3 scoreless innings. He has hit.063/.211/.063 but has stolen 27 bases in 31 attempts.
And despite putting the leadoff man on three times, he didn't pitch with a Cub in scoring position until sixth.More news: Paul Scholes praises Marcus Rashford's 'fight' in Manchester United's draw with Valencia
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Given that ESPN is broadcasting the Wild Card Game, we think they probably should have known this before. So that's why they run their mouth a lot, because they know we're the best.
They certainly competed. Hitting was another thing.
His lone walk cost him the only run he allowed. However, Adam Ottavino struck out Jason Heyward to end the threat.
After the double, Lester retired 18 of the final 21 batters he faced, including seven more strikeouts.
While it may make some sense for the Cubs to move on from Maddon, it's not happening and he'll return to the dugout for 2019.