Joe Maddon On Addison Russell-Javier Baez Up Middle In Postseason: 'Hard To Run Away From That'Maddon has many difficult lineup decisions to make with the high-stakes games upon the Cubs.
The Bernstein Brief: Metrics Favor Addison Russell Over Javier Baez At ShortstopRussell over Baez at shortstop is an easy call after consulting more than just our often fallible memories.
Levine: Addison Russell Returns To Cubs' Active RosterAfter being out with a foot injury since Aug., the Chicago Cubs welcomed back shortstop Addison Russell to the active roster Saturday.
Cubs' Joe Maddon Wants Javier Baez To 'Be Safe' When Sliding But Always Trust InstinctsBaez has a history of being injured on head-first slides. Should he dial them back?
Cubs' Jake Arrieta Undergoing MRI After Leaving With Cramp In Hamstring MondayThe Cubs are attempting to gain clarity on whether Arrieta's ailment was simply a cramp or a bigger problem.
Levine: Thumb Injury Keeps Javier Baez Out Of Cubs' LineupJoe Maddon had Baez penciled into the lineup Monday but scratched him due to the injury to his left thumb.
What About Javier Baez Is Most Impressing Joe Maddon? His Focus On Routine Plays"I love the great plays, but his mechanics on the routine ground ball have gotten better dramatically," Maddon says.
Watch: Javier Baez Does It Again, Dives To Make Improbable PlayBaez has done this time after time in the field.
No Matter How Magnificent Javier Baez Has Been, Addison Russell Will Remain Cubs' Starting Shortstop"He's our shortstop, man," manager Joe Maddon says of Russell. "Don't be deceived."
Watch: Cubs' Javier Baez (Stop Us If You've Heard This Before) Makes A Ridiculous PlayIt was just another instance of Javy being Javy.
Joe Maddon Played His Matchup, But Cubs Come Up A Run ShortMaddon elected to have Javier Baez bunt in the ninth inning, which didn't deliver the late-game win.
Levine: Cubs Want Javier Baez To Remain Who He Is, With A Little More Routine-Play Consistency"He may continue to make some mistakes but within the next year or two, you will see the mistakes subside," Joe Maddon says.
Cubs' Joe Maddon Believes Javier Baez Will Remind You Of Manny Ramirez -- If He Stops Chasing Breaking BallsBaez is having his best MLB season, hitting .272 with 18 homers, 54 RBIs and an .810 OPS in 103 games.
The Bernstein Brief: Cubs' Javier Baez Picking Up His OffenseBaez has career-best marks with a .493 slugging percentage and .804 OPS.
Levine: Maddon Explains Cubs' Hitting Philosophy"Hitting philosophy is mainly an individual thing," Joe Maddon says. "There is a team concept, but you just can't clone hitters."