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by magliafrancia Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:19 am

Maddon expects better approach by hitters
- Manager Joe Maddon saw the Cubs players Chicago Cubs jerseys expand their strike zones during the National League Division Series presented by T-Mobile against the Nationals, and he's hoping that approach changes when they begin the NL Championship Series presented by Camping World against the Dodgers tonight.

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"I thought we were outside of our lanes," Maddon said Javier Baez jersey
of the hitters' approach in the NLDS. "We were really expanding our strike zone way too often and that's part of the demise, regarding why we didn't hit so well. We've got to get back in our lanes.

"Why we weren't, I don't know," he said. "Well, I do know. [Stephen] Strasburg's changeup is about as good as you're ever going to see, ever. Like how many years this game has been played, that's one of the best changeups you're ever going to see. And [Max] Scherzer is pretty good."
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And facing Strasburg, who made two starts, and Scherzer, Anthony Rizzo Jersey

who started one game and pitched in relief on Thursday, was challenging.

The Cubs struck out 52 times in the five games, batting .180 against the Nationals.

The Dodgers swept a series against the Cubs in May in Los Angeles, in which their pitchers effectively elevated the fastball, shutting out Chicago in two of the three games. Maddon knows they will likely try to do that again.

"They have to execute it," Maddon said. "We have to execute our side of it and we'll see what happens."

Worth noting

• Cubs catcher Willson Contreras' huge pickoff throw in Image
Game 5 certainly didn't go unacknowledged by his teammates or the Dodgers.

The Nationals had pulled within 9-8 in the eighth on Michael A. Taylor's RBI single. Washington had two on and two out, and Contreras fired to first to throw out Jose Lobaton. Lobaton was initially called safe, but the Cubs challenged the ruling and, after a review, it was overturned.
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