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Jake Arrieta or Jon Lester for one-game playoff? Joe Maddon joins the debate

CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon has chimed in on the social media and "barroom" debate -- as the manager likes to call it -- regarding who should start their one-game playoff if the Cubs hold onto one of two wild-card spots in the National League.

Should the Cubs start lefty Jon Lester or righty Jake Arrieta, who has become an ace in his own right?

"Tell them to talk it through and give me their best advice, please," Maddon joked before the Cubs played the White Sox on Friday.

Maddon doesn’t mind the debate among fans, despite the fact that there are 49 games left in the season. The Cubs hold a 4 1/2-game lead on the San Francisco Giants for the second wild card and have moved within 1 1/2 games of the Pittsburgh Pirates for the top wild card.

"If you’re a fan you’re supposed to do those things," Maddon said. "I’m not supposed to. They are supposed to."

Maddon’s best answer to the Lester/Arrieta one-game playoff debate?

"Let’s win the division," he said.

The Cubs trail the central division-leading St. Louis Cardinals by 7 1/2 games entering the weekend.