The midday losses keep mounting for Chicago.
Not even a half hour after something called Kyle Farmer drove a stake through our collective heart (where do the Dodgers grow these people?), Joe Maddon held court in the clubhouse, revealing the reason we didn't see Brandon Morrow in a save situation in Game 1 of 2.
A balky back. Great.
Bad back for Brandon Morrow, per Maddon. Came up yesterday. Not avail tonight either.— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) June 19, 2018
According to Maddon, this is the second consecutive day the back has bothered the violent right-hander, who's been overworked in recent seasons and hardly durable throughout his career. Any kink in the back has to be viewed with extreme caution by a Cubs team that certainly needs Morrow, as proven by Justin Wilson's performance in the earlier contest.
Brandon Morrow was unavailable.— M@ (@MattSpiegel670) June 19, 2018
MLB Front Offices sometimes don't let managers tell the press pre-game if a bullpen guy is sore, fatigued, or resting, and therefore not usable. Then, said manager can look like an absolute buffoon.
Obviously, Maddon didn't tip his hand pregame so as not to disclose strategy, but this admission wouldn't really have changed the Dodgers' strategy if it had leaked pregame, would it? What strategy involves losing until the non-closer comes in so you can take advantage?
Regardless, the Cubbies will be fighting uphill in Tuesday's second game as well. Wouldn't have it any other way.