Maddon believes Cubs are 'capable of more'
The bar has certainly been raised in Chicago.
The MLB season has yet to reach the All-Star break, but Cubs manager Joe Maddon is already focused on the postseason.
"When you're playing with the ring in mind, you're not necessarily just trying to develop guys," Maddon told Cubs.com. "When you have a group, which I believe we do, which is capable of more, you make adjustments or movement in the course of a game that tells the rest of the group, 'I realize somebody is doing better and somebody is not doing so good.' It's about the group right now."
Maddon has made a couple of surprising moves over the last week or so and those moves, Maddon said, are about sending a message to his team that he's serious about winning.
"You've seen a couple items where you just don't stand pat," Maddon said. "You can't just sit there and attempt not to do anything. Otherwise, you do become [a .500 team]."
Part of the reason Maddon is turning up the expectations is because of how his team fared against the Mets.
The Mets have a bunch of young talented pitchers, the type of staff a team may face in October, and the Cubs were able to come out on top.
"We faced a lot of really good pitching -- that's all [the Mets] have is really good pitching -- and we won some close games and then did pretty well against Kansas City to follow and played some hard fought games," Maddon said.
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