Joe Maddon for the 2019 season Michael Saunders Jersey , ending speculation that they would fire him after losing to the Colorado Rockies in the NL Wild Card Game.Bob Nightengale of USA Today broke the news.Joe Maddon will remain as #Cubs manager through 2019, but there will be no extension. The Cubs will make a determination on his future after 2019 when his 5-year, $28 million contract expires.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) October 3, 2018It wouldn't have made much sense for Chicago to fire a manager that led them to a World Series championship in 2016, ending a 108-year drought. Maddon and the Cubs have won 90-plus games in four straight years now, and reached the NLCS in 2015, 2016 and 2017.The Cubs lost a NL Central tiebreaker game to the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday, which forced them to play the Rockies in the NL Wild Card game. Chicago lost a nail-biter 2-1 in 13 innings, and their excellent showing in 2018 went down the drain after a pair of gut-wrenching losses.advertisingBut in big markets like Chicago http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authentic-ryan-goins-jersey , it's championship or bust when it comes to the postseason. The Cubs were defeated in five games by the Los Angeles Dodgers in last year's NLCS, then they had this late-season unraveling to miss out on the Division Series. Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY SportsMaddon left the Tampa Bay Rays to join the Cubs in 2015, and they've won no fewer than 92 games in his first four years at the helm. One of the game's top leaders and in-game strategists, Maddon has more than deserved the chance to manage the Cubs for a fifth season.The Cubs lost Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta in free agency and replaced him with Yu Darvish, who made just eight starts and missed most of the season due to an elbow injury. Despite losing their top ace, Maddon and the Cubs were oh-so-close to a third consecutive NL Central title.advertisingMaddon is safe for at least another year, but the Cubs may decide to change things up if they don't go far into the postseason in 2019. SEATTLE — The Houston Astros on Monday night concluded what was their longest stretch without All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve since he made his debut as a 21-year-old on July 20, 2011.Altuve will be reinstated from the 10-day disabled list Tuesday and will rejoin the starting lineup following a 21-game hiatus caused by right knee discomfort when Houston visits the Seattle Mariners.Altuve exited in the fifth inning July 25 against the Colorado Rockies in Denver. He landed on the DL for the first time in his decorated eight-year career later that week. The Astros (75-50) dropped the opener of their three-game series with the Seattle Mariners on Monday and fell to 8-13 without Altuve.Article continues below ...Altuve made one rehab assignment start Sunday for Triple-A Fresno at Tacoma, finishing 1-for-3 with a hit by pitch. He got all the requisite work in advance of his return to action and declared himself fit to play following what has been an unusual experience.“That was my first Triple-A game. Believe it or not Wily Peralta Jersey , I was a little excited,” said Altuve, who made the jump to the majors from Double-A Corpus Christi. “It’s been a long time since I played in the minor leagues … but I know this was just part of my rehab.“I have what I was looking to have.”Said Astros manager A.J. Hinch: “He had a successful day of building some confidence and getting himself active where he could test himself. He did just about everything: he got a hit, he got on the bases, he made a hard turn, he sprinted to second base on a bloop single. They were reaction plays that we can’t really simulate in early work. It takes game competition to do that.”For the first time this season, the Astros will utilize a sixth starter. Hinch has declared the second game of the series a bullpen day, with right-hander Brad Peacock (2-4, 3.19 ERA) slated to get the start against Seattle. The rotation void was created when right-hander Lance McCullers was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right forearm strain Aug. 5.Peacock is 5-4 with a 4.42 ERA in 15 games (nine starts) versus Seattle http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authentic-lucas-duda-jersey , including four scoreless relief appearances over 5 1/3 innings this season.Right-hander Mike Leake (8-7, 3.90 ERA) will start for the Mariners. Leake has recorded six consecutive quality starts, going 0-1 with a 2.54 ERA during that stretch. Despite allowing only two hits and one walk over eight scoreless innings in his previous outing against the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday, Leake did not factor into the decision. He is 6-6 with a 3.67 ERA over 15 career appearances (13 starts) against the Astros, including 0-2 with a 5.00 ERA this season.The Mariners (72-54) pulled to within 3 1/2 games of Houston and the Athletics in the American League West after rallying for a 7-4 victory in the series opener. The Mariners have won five consecutive games against the slumping Astros, who have dropped eight of 10 to fall back into a tie with the Athletics atop the division.Closer Edwin Diaz has saved each of the last six Seattle victories over the Astros and matched the franchise record with his 48th save Monday.