Maddon: 'Anticipate Cardinals Will Come Back' To Us

"That's been the nature of the division this entire season," Joe Maddon says.

Laurence Holmes Show
August 27, 2019 - 2:44 pm
Cardinals center fielder Harrison Bader (48) celebrates with catcher Yadier Molina (4) and shortstop Paul DeJong (12).

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(670 The Score) As the Cubs have seemingly reached a moment of truth in the NL Central race, playing poor baseball recently and trailing the Cardinals by three games entering play Tuesday, manager Joe Maddon expressed his belief that the latest developments are simply the ebbs and flows of a long season.

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In Maddon's mind, his struggling Cubs (6-9 in their last 15 games) will regain their form while the red-hot Cardinals (14-3 in their last 17 games) will cool down as 32 games remain for each team in the regular season.

"I've been in ups and downs and in between," Maddon said on the Laurence Holmes Show in drawing on his past experiences. "You can not deviate. You can not look any further than today. You can not start talking like the gravity of the game has gotten so heavy. You just go play. I anticipate the Cubs will play better, win more games in September. And I anticipate the Cardinals will come back to us. That's been the nature of the division this entire season. I have no reason to believe it will be otherwise."

Maddon's belief stems in large part from his belief that his offense will turn around its inconsistencies. The Cubs' offense is struggling lately, averaging just 3.7 runs in their last 15 games. Chicago has averaged 4.9 runs per game for the season, a tad above the MLB average.

"I can't emphasize more: Our run is going to be in the offense," Maddon said. "As our offense improves in the month, we'll be able to do what we need to do to get back on top (of the NL Central) and get to the playoffs that way."

The Cubs open a three-game series against the Mets on Tuesday evening. Pregame starts at 5:35 p.m. on 670 The Score. The Mets are two games back of the Cubs for the second NL wild-card spot.