It was a battle of the heavyweights and they didn’t disappoint, well except the 3-0 loss to the Nationals.
“Obviously, Max threw the ball just a little bit better than I did,” Jon Lester said. “It was fun. We lost, and that’s not the ultimate goal, but if you’re a pitcher or just a purist of the game and like watching pitching matchups, that was fun tonight. That’s what it lived up to be.
It was a lesson on pitching from the two of the best and the Cubs rookies took note. Even though there were errors committed, it was a good game and part of the growing pains that the Cubs are going through this season. Yes, even the much improved Starlin Castro continues to make errors. All right, I’m going to put it out there right now; I was a big fan of Castro but the last couple of years have proven that he’s become a lazy player. His on field attitude is terrible. He’s too cocky and when you got guys like Addison Russell and Javier Baez (yes, the verdict is still out on him but I’ll give him another chance) I really think the Cubs should part ways with him now. He’s talented, sometimes for his own good but not my type of player, man.
“We have made a lot of really good plays on defense, and the one that seems to bite us is more the routine stuff,” Joe Maddon said. “That’s just repetition and technique. It’s just being fundamentally sound, and we’re working on it always. I will never denigrate the work of this group or the coaching staff. [The mistakes are] a little bit of a youthful thing.”
Yes, but Castro is a veteran now and he should know better. He shouldn’t be having those mental lapses anymore.
As for the Nationals/Cubs series? Even though the Cubs came up short, they learned a few things and could be a huge step forward this season.
“The takeaway is, we can play with these guys. I feel very confident about that moving forward. Entertaining baseball at Wrigley Field for the last three days.” Madden said.