MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has ordered the Cardinals to pay $2 million and forfeit its top two draft picks in this year’s draft to the Astros as punishment for a former Cards executive hacking the Astros computer network.
“The reality is we can’t take anything for granted and right now, I feel like we do,” Montero said. “Honestly we’re just not playing at our highest level. We have to shake it up, wake up. This will be a good wake-up call for us. We either come to play the right way or we’re going to have a short season.”
Maddon disagreed with that assessment.
“I don’t think anyone is taking anything for granted,” Maddon said. “I love the word ‘expectations,’ I do, but on the flip side of that it’s going to be a different path this year. It is. It just has to be. To this point we haven’t pitched nearly as well, as starters. The biggest thing for me is defense. We haven’t caught the ball with the regularity that we normally do. Those were our bedrocks of our performance.”
Right now, the Cubs are struggling offensively and on the mound. The rotation has been brutal, which has forced the bullpen to log a heavy workload through the first month-plus of the season.
Jake Arrieta, winner of the 2015 NL Cy Young award has a 5.35 ERA and already has allowed six home runs. The Cubs need him to get back to the form he’s displayed over the last two seasons, especially considering Chicago does not have a fifth starter right now.
The Cubs also need Anthony Rizzo (slashing .218/.342/.398) to be more Echl Cheap Jerseys like the player who received MVP votes last season, and less like the one who has looked lost at the plate so far this season.
Ultimately, the Cubs’ talent should win out, but this hungry fan base will not remain patient for long.