The Rundown: R-I-Z-P-E-C-T, El MagZo Justifies Maddon’s Moves, Heyward’s Swing Still Awkward

There are precious few rules by which I’ve chosen to live my life, and I think we’re good enough friends that I can share them with you now.

  1. Never get involved in a land war in Asia.
  2. Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line.
  3. Never pitch to an MVP candidate late in a tie game with first base open.
  4. Never go to a lefty reliever just to face Anthony Rizzo.

I’m not sure from exactly which region of Italy Big Tony’s family hails, but Dusty Baker may have broken three of my rules with a single move Monday afternoon. This is one of the aspects of the series we mentioned on a recent episode of the Cubs Related podcast, the idea of Baker being out-managed by going with handedness rather than statistical analysis.

It’s true that bringing Oliver Perez in to face Rizzo had worked in the previous game, when the first baseman grounded into a double play. Shortly thereafter, the Nationals launched a pair of homers to come from behind and win the game. So you know Baker was feeling good about repeating the move. But you can only go back to the same well so often …Read the Rest

Source:: Cubs Insider

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