Meet Cubs’ Carl Edwards Jr. in L.A., and then give him the damn ball

13 Oct , 2017 Sports

WASHINGTON – Carl Edwards Jr. had two critical rough spots during the Division Series against the Nationals.

He also had a signature moment in between, has the 10th inning of Game 7 of the World Series on his resume, and if you don’t think he’s in line to be the Cubs’ closer someday (next year?), then you haven’t been watching the way Joe Maddon uses him or listened to Edwards talk.

Even after walking both batters he faced in an four-run eighth inning that buried the Cubs in their Game 4 loss, Edwards spoke with confidence, wanted the ball again and even made it clear he expected to get it against the Dodgers in the next round of the playoffs.

“I know for a fact that [Kyle Hendricks] is going to be on,” Edwards said just before the Cubs’ Wednesday night charter to Washington for Thursday’s decisive Game 5. “He’s just going to go out there, and we’re going to have fun, and we’ll see you guys in L.A.”

Give him credit. He got it right.

But give him even more credit for what it says about his confidence and maybe even his future — both this postseason and moving forward in his career role …read more

Source:: Chicago Sun-Times – Sports

      

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