Jon Lester makes me nervous. There’s no other way to put it. After getting off to a shaky start this season, Lester has settled into a nice groove lately. In yesterday’s 3-2 victory over the Rockies, Lester strikeout 14 batters. Folks, that’s quite a lot of batters.
“That was his best performance all year,” said Cubs manager Joe Maddon. “Just stuff-wise, I thought he had everything going on. … Everything was on and that’s why you saw the result you did.”
An understatement in the very least. Yesterday’s work on the mound kind of solidified the deal. Somewhere on the sidelines, I can almost see Theo Epstein nodding his head saying, “I told you so”
Well Theo, you sure did.
Everyone like that Tulowitzki trade to Toronto? Yeah, they’re looking pretty dangerous right now. So, the Cubs have been very quiet during this trade deadline bonanza. Cole Hamels is a sure bet to go to Texas so where does that leave the Cubs? Do you think they’ll make a deal or will they stay quiet?
Now, I’ve been talking about this for the last week and I’m still liking a potential deal for David Price as unlikely as it could be and now there’s word that the Blue Jays have thrown their hat into the mix.
“I think any time, whether it’s a big move or a small move, any time you get somebody who gives you that little boost, that belief — and I’m not saying [the front office] doesn’t believe in us if they don’t make a move — but you get that little boost in the clubhouse, that, ‘Hey, these guys think we can make a push here,'” Lester said. “Would it be nice? Yeah. If it doesn’t happen, I think we all understand. We have the pieces. We just need to consistently play well in all fronts of the game.”
Joe Maddon has reassured everyone that Starlin Castro’s job is secure.
“Listen, you’re not getting traded. Just relax and play. Don’t worry about this stuff.” Madden told Castro.
But those decisions aren’t entirely up to Maddon alone. There’s one thing for certain, if the Cubs are going to make the post season, Mr. Castro has to be lights out every night. No errors and his head in the game. Every game.
So, whether the Cubs make a move or not, yesterdays victory proves that the Cubs can do it with the big boys.