Brandon Saad

Cubs’ key to Game 5: Tackle Joe Maddon if he tries to remove Kyle Hendricks

Cubs’ key to Game 5: Tackle Joe Maddon if he tries to remove Kyle Hendricks

In the first four games of this surprising, aggravating and gripping National League Division Series, Cubs starting pitchers have combined to allow the Nationals just one earned run and six hits in 22 2/3 innings.
 
Seven of those innings --- seven shutout innings --- belong to Kyle Hendricks, who delivered that outing in Game 1 and now takes the ball in the win-or-walk Game 5 tonight in Nationals Park.
 
Reliever Carl Edwards Jr., meanwhile, has one animated fist pump but a 19.29 ERA. Closer Wade Davis, meanwhile, has two saves but an ERA of 4.50. Combined, Joe Maddon’s Mr. Eighth Inning and Mr. Ninth Inning have allowed six of the 10 earned...

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