Things got tough for the Chicago Cubs in last night’s loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2. The relationship that a pitcher has with the catcher came to the forefront when Miguel Montero caught for Jon Lester for the first time this season. For those not in the know, David Ross normally catches for Lester but is away for family reasons.
“We probably haven’t worked enough together to have 100 percent confidence,”Miguel Montero said of Lester. “That’s OK and understandable. For the most part, I think we were on the same page.”
The Cubs didn’t play a bad game because they were leading 2-1 going into the seventh but it came down to the mister between Montero and Lester. It doesn’t really matter because those things can be fixed.
“Balls were finding holes,” Jon Lester said of the seventh. “They were either hit a little too hard or a little too soft. The good thing is, I don’t have to go back to the drawing board. My stuff was there. Location was there, stuff was there, velocity was there. Everything was there. Now it’s a matter of a little bit of luck going my way and maybe the outcome is a little different.”
The Cubs have struggled a bit on the west coast trip with a four game losing streak. They still hold the wild card spot but their hopes are fading if they want to catch the St Louis Cardinals.
Jake Arietta gets the call tonight.
On Tuesday, the Cubs are expected to bring Javier Baez back when they face the Reds.
“I would say he’s probably sooner rather than later, probably a first-wave kind of guy, because there’s a lot things he can do to help you win right now,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.
Baez, who was the Cubs 2011 pick has had an up and ride with the club. He’s missed time with a finger injury but has shown a lot of pop in his bat lately with Iowa. He’s a dangerous hitter and will bolster the lineup. In many ways, this is almost the “Dream Team” that the Cubs have projected.