I’ve talked about it for how many years now? manager Joe Maddon asked rhetorically. We have struck out a lot. It has been exacerbated by the 17-inning game but we have struck out a lot. We have to do better. We have to move the baseball. We talked about it all camp. We talked about it the last two years. I believe that we will, but right now, we’re not.
It’s true. The Reds’ Tyler Mahle pitched well and dynamic closer Raisel Iglesias was responsible for those final two strikeouts. But the bottom line is at some point this season the Cubs need to improve in those moments or switching coaches wasn’t worth it, while bringing back the same position-player base might come into question.
At this point, it’s simply way too early to know anything for sure. But then again, the Cubs have also not come close to facing the best on the mound the league has to offer after a series with the Marlins and one game with the Reds.
I’m not going to make any excuses, Maddon said. We should have done better but we’re going to do better.
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Freeman had two walks, giving him 10 through five games. It’s the high five-game total for any major league player since Gary Sheffield had 10 in 1997.
Believe me, I want to swing, I do, Freeman said, adding pitchers have kind of been nibbling but the Maxime Lagace Youth jersey guys behind me have been driving me in. So I’ve been taking my walks and putting pressure on them on the bases and we keep scoring runs.
Morris was designated for assignment on Saturday when Atlanta acquired catcher Carlos Perez from the Angels for infielder Ryan Schimpf.
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