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Cubs offense wakes up and saves Joe Maddon from a storm of second-guessing

Cubs offense wakes up and saves Joe Maddon from a storm of second-guessing

The Chicago Cubs are world champions for the first time in almost forever after a classic Game 7, and their beyond-the-limit World Series victory obviously was meant to be.

How else do you explain the way manager Joe Maddon survived a series of pitching moves over the final two games that would have put him in a harsh media spotlight if the on-again, off-again Cubs offense had not glossed everything over with 17 runs in Games 6 and 7?

Maddon's decision to push closer Aroldis Chapman past one inning again in Game 6 -- with the Cubs holding a commanding ninth-inning lead -- seemed to come back to haunt him when Chapman came back on Wednesday night and didn't get the last out...

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