Jason Motte


NEW YORK — Jason Motte already has the resume, the hard stuff and the intimidating look with that big beard. But Cubs manager Joe Maddon doesn’t want to anoint Motte as his closer yet.


Joe Maddon has a very passionate message about offense:

Don't look at it!


The Cubs bullpen is a topic of conversation that won't go away as Joe Maddon continues to mix and match the arms he uses late in games, to varying degrees of success.


SAN DIEGO — The Cubs bullpen hasn’t been as good as advertised, making manager Joe Maddon sound a little defensive at times and forcing Theo Epstein’s front office to rebuild on the fly.


There is no statistic to measure clubhouse chemistry.