Jake Arrieta blasts former manager Joe Maddon for intentional walk with loaded bases

Former Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta slammed his old manager Joe Maddon for his antics on Friday night.

At the end of the fourth inning, which was already on a run, Angels manager Joe Maddon opted to intentionally lead Corey Seager with loaded bases. Essentially, he got the treatment from Barry Bonds.

Seager is a massive hitter, don’t get me wrong. But Maddon raised some eyebrows by pulling out that tactic so early in the game. Still, LA would come back and win, so it worked out in the end. Maddon explained himself after the game:

I thought walking Seager would avoid the big hit,” Maddon told reporters. “And honestly just to stir up the group. It’s not something you normally do. I thought if I go up there and do something like that, the team could react to something like that.”

Joe Maddon and Jake Arrieta disagree on the idea of ​​a deliberate walk

While Walking Seager was avoided by a big punch from Slugger himself, the Rangers got two more runs in that inning, so the tactic didn’t necessarily work as intended. At least not immediately.

“Whatever it did, it sparked us,” said Angels pitcher Austin Warren, who accompanied Seager. “Because we put in five runs in the next inning. So everything worked out.”

However, former Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta disagreed at the moment and let his old manager hear about it social media:

“Walking in a run that’s already down by one with a fresh reliever in play. You’re better off pulling the pitcher and choosing him right away because you don’t have confidence in his abilities. Seager’s an amazing hitter, but what’s going to happen to baseball?”

Arrieta isn’t wrong, but Maddon is an analytical thinker. He’s always willing to try unconventional tactics and this is just another example.

Walking Seager didn’t avoid runs immediately afterwards, but we’ll never know if it helped the Angels win the game. Jake Arrieta blasts former manager Joe Maddon for intentional walk with loaded bases

John Verrall

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