Yesterday afternoon, bottom of the 9th, Cubs up by 3 over the Nats.
A save situation.
But Hector Rondon had already pitched.
In the 8th.
He's apparently been suffering from closer esteem issues.
What to do?
Try these amazing Closer Confidence boosting audio tapes, that's what!
Confidence with closers can go up and down resulting in blown saves and bad gas for Joe Maddon.
So yesterday Maddon used a different order of his bullpen, choosing to go with Jason Motte in the closer role.
Motte came in and threw heat - I saw the radar read 98 MPH somewhere in between all the 97s.
This was all good - first for the win, but also... why not take pressure off Rondon and let him set up.
I mean, he looked so good closing last year, but maybe setting up is where he belongs, at least for awhile.
(Watch, he'll be back closing tomorrow)
Anyway, the other thing, the really bad thing, is the broken finger of Javier Baez.
Head first slide, busted finger.
Just when he was about to get called up to face some American League action and either play 3rd or DH.
I'm sure you were as excited about that as I was, since his numbers were WAY better in Iowa and everybody was saying maybe oh please just maybe he figured some stuff out.
This is after the time he took off for family issues after the death of his sister.
Just really a hard year for the kid, and I wish him a speedy finger recovery.
Lastly, the Cubs take 3 of 4 from the Washington Nationals.
How do they do that?
The big sweep of the Mets... these are the good teams, man.
But the Marlins and Brewers are the guys the Cubs lose to.
I hope they start also beating the teams they're supposed to beat.
PS: That image was actually some kind of self help thing, I just switched up the messages and pics.