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Joe Maddon criticizes Cardinals’ book of unwritten rules


Things got testy in Friday afternoon’s game between the Cardinals and Cubs. Cubs starter Dan Haren hit Matt Holliday in the head with a fastball, forcing the outfielder from the game in the fifth inning. Both benches were promptly warned by home plate umpire Dan Bellino. Nevertheless, Cardinals reliever Matt Belisle attempted to exact revenge in the seventh, throwing a fastball at first baseman Anthony Rizzo. Belisle was tossed from the game.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon wasn’t happy about the Cardinals’ attempt to get revenge. He defended Haren, saying his pitch to Holliday was “an absolute mistake” and that there was “no malicious intent whatsoever”.

Following that, he criticized the book of unwritten rules that the Cardinals purport to follow. Maddon said, “I never read that particular book that the Cardinals wrote way back in the day. I was a big Branch Rickey fan, but I never read that this book that the Cardinals had written regarding how to play baseball.”

Maddon was saying that in reference to the Cardinals playing their first baseman behind Chris Denorfia, who had walked and was on first base with one out in the bottom of the eighth with the Cubs leading by five runs. He threatened that, in the future, he would have his runner steal second base. According to the book of unwritten rules, teams shouldn’t take advantage of that situation given their lead. But, as Maddon explained, playing for an extra run would help them in the next inning as it would prevent them from having to warm up closer Hector Rondon.

Maddon also said about the Cubs, “We don’t start stuff, but we will stop stuff.” Here’s video from the Chicago Daily Herald:

It didn’t seem like it took long for the Cubs/Cardinals rivalry to heat up again. Following Friday’s win, the Cubs are 86-61, six games behind the first-place Cardinals in the NL Central. The Cubs trail the Pirates by 1.5 games for the first NL Wild Card slot.

Cubs push Dan Haren’s start back to Sunday

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Due to inclement weather in Philadelphia, the Cubs announced that Dan Haren‘s start has been pushed back to Sunday and will start Travis Wood on Saturday night against the Phillies. In the event that Saturday’s game was interrupted for a lengthy period of time by rain, the Cubs didn’t want to deal with potentially wasting Haren’s start.

Haren, 35 next Thursday, has compiled a 4.78 ERA with a 29/9 K/BB ratio in 37 2/3 innings in seven starts since joining the Cubs. The Cubs picked him up from the Marlins in a trade at the deadline.

Wood, 28, has a 4.34 ERA with a 100/36 K/BB ratio in 87 innings across seven starts and 38 relief appearances. Manager Joe Maddon has chosen to bat him eighth in Saturday’s lineup.

Nick Swisher homered from both sides of the plate against the Cubs

Nick Swisher

Braves outfielder Nick Swisher swatted a home run from both sides of the plate on Saturday afternoon at Wrigley field against the Cubs. Batting left-handed against starter Dan Haren in the second inning, he clubbed a home run to the opposite field to give the Braves a 2-1 lead. Then, in the fifth inning, he capped off a five-run frame when he drilled another two-run shot to left field against lefty reliever Travis Wood.

The Braves went on to lose 9-7 to the Cubs.

Swisher, 34, was traded by the Indians to the Braves along with outfielder Michael Bourn and cash in exchange for third baseman Chris Johnson. He entered play Saturday batting only .160 with one home run and four RBI in 28 plate appearances with his new team.

Watch Swisher’s two homers: