Twitter Destroys Cubs Manager Joe Maddon For Not Using Closer Wade Davis In Game 2 Loss (Video + Tweets)
Joe Maddon pulled a Buck Showalter on Sunday night, and just as it did with Showalter, Twitter showed Maddon no mercy.
Last year, Orioles manager Buck Showalter did not use his best relief pitcher, Zach Britton, in the American League Wild Card Game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Showalter, you see, subscribes to the mythical belief that you have to save your Closer for a save situation, because only a Closer knows how to get the last three outs of a game. However, that opportunity never came for the Orioles in the Wild Card Game, because an inferior pitcher gave up a three-run homer to Edwin Encarnacion in the bottom of the 11th.
Maddon made a similar mistake on Sunday. With Game 2 of the National League Championship Series tied 1-1 in the bottom of the ninth, a runner on second base and two outs, rather than go to the best arm available to him—closer Wade Davis—Maddon instead brought in 38-year-old starter John Lackey, who promptly walked Chris Taylor and gave up a walk-off three-run homer to Justin Turner.
Maddon is a very likeable guy. But that doesn’t mean Twitter didn’t rip him a new one.
Take a look:
John Lackey, on back-to-back days, in the middle of an inning? Wade Davis?
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) October 16, 2017
God I’m so tired of Dusty and his stupid pitching moves … wait, what? #Cubs
— David Steele (@David_C_Steele) October 16, 2017
Having John Lackey pitch to Justin Turner with 2 on, 2 outs in the ninth inning while Wade Davis sits is probably not the best idea.
— Robert Murray (@RobertMurrayFRS) October 16, 2017
Justin Turner wins it, and Joe Maddon deserves all the blame he will now receive. The Dodgers bullpen deserves the credit. Remarkable. https://t.co/4VXvNf6MXF
— Jared Diamond (@jareddiamond) October 16, 2017
Tough night for Lacktators everywhere. Just a tough, tough night. pic.twitter.com/W0YOFLPKzb
— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) October 16, 2017
— mavis beacon (@vodkalemonades) October 16, 2017
Who is John Lackey? pic.twitter.com/Hnua0LPZU2
— FanRag Sports MLB (@FanRagMLB) October 16, 2017
Hat Tip – [theScore]