The Cubs came close last night, but still fell to the Mariners, 3-2 and that’s ok.
The pitcher batted in the eighth spot for the second game. Travis Wood drew a walk. I’m liking these moves that Joe Maddon is making. The creativity is exactly what this organization needs. If it continues through to the regular season, that remains to be seen, but it’s this kind of thinking that can lead the team to the post season.
Yesterday also marked the return of shortstop Starlin Castro. He received an infield single.
“I think he is a great manager. He doesn’t try to do too many things. Everything is simple. Play hard and get here every day for one reason. You know, win.” Castro said.
He might be a great manager, but he wasn’t too pleased with Edwin Jackson’s tardiness the other day.
“That was obviously not good,” Maddon said. “You have time to prepare and understand where you’re going as a Major League person, speaking the language extremely well, and being aware. I wasn’t happy with it, to be honest.”
He’s right. At that level, these players are paid big bucks to be at the park on time. This could either turn Edwin Jackson into two kinds of players;
The one who lets this incident get him down or the kind where he’ll be able to pick himself up, dust the mound dirt off of his pants and get back into the game.
This is up to you Edwin, and that’s all i have to say about that.
“I believe that will never happen again, because he’s a great kid — he’s not a good kid, he’s a great kid, he’s awesome and I love the guy, but that can’t happen,” Maddon said.
Now what about the possibility of Kris Bryant in the outfield? I like that and I hope it works. The Cubs need both Mike Olt and Bryant. It would give them more depth as a team and Bryant is young enough that he could be able to adjust to the position.
“My biggest concern, always, with infielders going to the outfield and vice-versa is arm — that you would hurt your arm because you would chose to use different arm stroke,” Maddon said.