CHICAGO -- Joe Maddon has been employing a different managing style lately given the importance of the games at this time of the season.
"I've been doing it for 10 days, two weeks now," Maddon said. "Even yesterday, [Matt Moore has] got a one-hitter in the sixth inning and I didn't like it. I thought his velocity came down. And I didn't like the way it was going, and I liked Kyle [Farnsworth] on [Kevin] Youkilis and [Adam] Dunn. Then we scored all these runs and we can do something different with our bullpen, because I'm envisioning Kyle, Jake [McGee], [Joel] Peralta, [Fernando] Rodney at that point possibly. But all of a sudden, you're able to do something else."
Maddon made it clear that everything matters at this time of the year.
"You just can't assume that all these little things aren't going to matter," Maddon said. "You have to assume that they're going to matter. It's not about pushing panic buttons or anything like that. You can't work a game right now as if you're trying to develop someone, if you're trying to gain their confidence. That's for earlier in the year. This time is for grown men, and sometimes you just have to move along the conga line earlier than you'd like to. And our guys are pretty good about accepting that."