Cubs manager Joe Maddon isn’t worried about facing off with the Dodgers in the playoffs. He actually wants to play them.
“We totally want it,” Maddon said prior to Friday night’s game against the Phillies, via The Chicago Tribune. “Nothing would make me happier than that.”
The Cubs currently hold a three-game lead in the NL Central over the Cardinals. If the season ended today, they would face the Nationals in the first round of the playoffs and potentially the Dodgers in the NLCS.
Chicago is 2-4 against the Dodgers this season which is far from a dominating performance from the team from L.A. Still, having won their 90th game Thursday they are the best team in baseball and Maddon wants nothing more than to take down a giant.
“I’ve always been about you want to beat the best to be the best,” he said. “They’re the best right now, and you got to go through that group. I’m looking forward to that moment where I feel we’re clicking on all cylinders like we had been last year, and we’re getting closer to it. And when you get to that point, bring on all comers.”