Are we putting too much pressure on Jon Lester? Last night, the Cubs fell to the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 in extra innings. I get that it’s a new team and I understand that the adjustments from American League to National League can take a while but seeing that it’s only two months into the season, is it too early to do something about it?
“I don’t know if pressing is the right word,” Lester said. “You come to a new team, new guys, new city, new everything and you want to get off on the right foot. Everybody knows with the contract stuff, I defintely don’t want to be one of those guys who at the end of it, you look at it as a bust.”
You can certainly see the reason folks might start calling him a bust. So, it raises another question and that is are these huge contracts putting too much pressure on the player and the fans judgements of that player? Now, I’m not questioning whether Lester is a good pitcher or not because he is. It’s the size of these contracts that could be putting the pressure on them. All right, Lester’s a pro and he should be able to settle in a groove soon. He’s a notoriously late starter but does that make it all right? What if they put him down in the rotation?
“The biggest thing we’re waiting on is the first hit,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “That will truly get the monkey off his back.”
Another issue that’s plagued the Cubs recently which was of a main concern last season was Runners In Scoring Position. However, last night Junior Lake put an end to that which is another issue with such a young squad.
“It’s obviously a little bit frustrating but I believe part of it is the inexperience and youthfulness of a lot of our hitters,” Maddon said. “I know we’ll get better at it. If you believe in the law of averages and things starting to catch up, the game owes us a little bit. You’ve got to be encouraged that you can hold serve through this particular moment.”
Nobody said that 2015 Cubs edition was going to be easy.