The Chicago Cubs have been eliminated from playoff contention, so all that’s left is to spoil the chances of every team left in front of them.
Funnily enough, it’s not the historical rival they’ll be playing whose chances they’re trying to spoil.
Cubs do their best to hand NL Central to the Cardinals
With only a weekend series against the St. Louis Cardinals left to play after Thursday, Cubs manager Joe Maddon announced that the team would be shutting down starters Yu Darvish and Kyle Hendricks for the season, according to the Chicago Tribune. Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward could also reportedly spend the weekend in the dugout as well.
That’s obviously good news for the Cardinals and bad news for the Brewers, who sit just one game back from the Cardinals in the NL Central as of Thursday night. Now, the Brewers will have to win one more game against the Colorado Rockies than the Cardinals against the Cubs’ backups.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon went out of his way to profanely denounce any future complaints from the Brewers about the situation.
From the Chicago Tribune:
“I will put out the appropriate guys to play based on what’s good for our people, not for their people,” said Maddon, who already has ruled out All-Stars Kris Bryant and Javier Baez because of injuries.
“We’ll put a good team out there, regardless. Now, of course, (the Brewers are) going to b----. Of course they are. I get it. Quite frankly, there are certain things I don’t give a s--- about.
“That would be one of them.”
Now that’s a spicy take, and also a nice way to give your fans a reason to feel good about getting wrecked by your team’s biggest historical rival to finish a disappointing season.
Even though the Cardinals and Brewers have already clinched a playoff spot, the divisional crown figures to give the winner a much easier path to the World Series.
The winner’s next game is against the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS. The loser faces the Washington Nationals in the wild-card game, then has to play the 103-win Los Angeles Dodgers.
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