No one too concerned about hitless Bryant, Rizzo
The Cubs have won two of three playoff games, and they've done so without Kris Bryant or Anthony Rizzo getting a hit.
Each player was hitless in last Wednesday's wild-card playoff-game victory at Pittsburgh, and neither had a hit through two games of the National League division series against the Cardinals.
"Me and Anthony, obviously, we haven't done much this series," Bryant said Sunday as the Cubs held a light workout at Wrigley Field. "It's pretty cool to see that we've come out with a win, and the series tied."
The Cubs beat the Cardinals Saturday at Busch Stadium to even the best-of-five NLDS at one game apiece.
Rizzo did not seem concerned that neither he nor Bryant has had a hit in the postseason.
"People are going to magnify whatever they want, but at the end of the day, it's not about me and Kris," Rizzo said. "It's about this whole team, this whole organization. As long as we keep winning, it doesn't matter what I do, what Kris does, what Jake (pitcher Arrieta) does, it's what we do."
Manager Joe Maddon was asked what he saw with Bryant and Rizzo.
"We're probably out of our zones a little bit," Maddon said. "We're probably playing to what they want us to swing at more than we're swinging what we want to swing at, if that makes sense. To me it's expansion of zone, and we're just not adjusting back to what they're doing yet. That's it.
"The nice part is that we've done this well without them contributing. I thought KB had a great game at third base the other day. That's what I look at, I look at the entire thing, the entire event. They've just been pitched that hard."
It's called hardball:
The Cubs talked carefully of the hard takeout slide by the Dodgers' Chase Utley in Saturday's NLDS game against the Mets. Utley went in high and hard against Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada, breaking Tejada's leg.
"Everyone's playing hard right now," Anthony Rizzo said. "I personally don't agree with the slide. I think it was a little high. It's playoff baseball. There's so many different ways there, but it's really unfortunate that Ruben got hurt there."
Addison Russell has played both second base and shortstop for the Cubs this year, his rookie season.
"As a second baseman-shortstop, your initial thought is you don't want to get hit," Russell said. "He (Tejada) did a good job of getting off his feet. As far as the slide, even during the regular season, you're trying to break that play up, and you try to do anything to help your team. I think it's a little tricky. I think he (Utley) did a good job of trying to break it up, and I think Tejada did a good job trying to get off his feet."
The Cubs made a roster move Sunday. They designated left-handed pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada for assignment and selected the contract of catcher Taylor Teagarden from Class AAA Iowa.
Wada did not make the postseason roster, while Teagarden was up for 8 games this season.
Reliever Jason Motte, who has been on the disabled list since late August because of a shoulder strain, threw a simulated game Sunday. It was his second simulated game.
"It all felt good, the ball's coming out good, threw some good cutters," Motte said. "I was able to get ahead of guys. It felt good."