Joe Maddon and Bruce Bochy prefer their players approach an elimination game the same they'd any other game. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Cubs manager not viewing potential NLDS elimination tilt as anything but another game

AT&T PARK — The Chicago Cubs are one win away from punching their ticket to the 2016 World Series.

But, that’s not a focal point for Joe Maddon.

The articulate Cubs manager said Monday’s Game 3 was just “Game 165” for his club before the first pitch.

“There’s nothing different about our prep today, I promise you. Nothing,” he said. “… I really, really believe it’s important to not do anything differently, good or bad, and in this particular moment.”

Earlier in the day, Maddon’s San Francisco counterpart, Bruce Bochy, agreed.

“[The routine] doesn’t change,” he said. “And I don’t want the players to change their routine either. You’re better off staying in your routine. You’re a lot more comfortable.”

The Giants and their fans must be hoping that Game 3 starter Madison Bumgarner stays in his postseason routine — special or not — as he takes the hill on the heels of an impeccable outing in the Wild Card Game.Bruce Bochyjacob c. palmerJoe MaddonMadison BumgarnerMLBSan Francisco Giants

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