The Chicago Cubs have lost six of their last seven games when scoring three or less runs.
Maddon has instead stuck to his script, seeming to understand that if the Cubs are going to win another championship this season (their title in 1908, after all, followed one in 1907) it will have to be along a bumpier road than last season's.
Just look at the injured Mets out for the season - Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, David Wright, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler - and it became a good time to play this card before an 8-3 win that held off the St. Louis Cardinals (2 games out) and Brewers (2.5 games back) for another night.
The Mets have actually played the Cubs well since the teams met in the 2015 NLCS with the Mets winning 11 of the past 14 games between the teams.
Braves 8, Nationals 0: Freddie Freeman hit a three-run home run off Gio Gonzalez and Julio Teheran threw seven shutout innings as Atlanta cruised to a victory over Washington, who were fresh off clinching the NL East.
Visiting New York's roster includes the shell of Jose Reyes, fringy big-league regulars Nori Aoki and Wilmer Flores, as well as some cyborgs made of healthy parts taken from fallen Mets players. He walked a career-high five and struck out four.
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She finished by thanking her fans for their love and support and revealed she was looking forward to getting back to her career. When the jury delivered its verdict they answered every single question in my favor.
Kris Bryant's fourth-inning, three-run home run.
The Cardinals, who remain two games back after a victory on Tuesday night against Cincinnati, arrive at Wrigley Field this weekend. "You just can't keep letting leadoff hitters on and beat a team like that". "It happened to be a home run".
NY got a run back in the fifth on d'Arnaud's sac fly, but Schwarber lofted his homer to right center with two outs off Tommy Milone to make it 5-2.
Contreras had been out since August 10 due to a right hamstring strain. Matt Harvey gets the ball, and he is 5-4 with a 5.82 ERA and 58 strikeouts this season.
Royals 4, White Sox 3: Brandon Moss hit a grand slam in the first inning for his third consecutive game with a homer, powering Kansas City. Asdrubal Cabrera touched Quintana up for three hits. The 23-year-old hit.232 with eight homers and 60 RBIs in 102 games with Binghamton.