The Chicago Cubs didn’t want to think about it as taking advantage of another team’s situation, but the evidence continued to mount: While the opponents struggled to solve coronavirus-related problems, the team was at the top. The NL Central standings continue to be a model for the off-court tournament at the same time dominating opponents on it. The Cubs 12-3 are the best in baseball following Tuesday / Wednesday’s wipe out against the Cleveland Indians.
“I have a good team,” Cubs coach David Ross said Wednesday following the team’s 7-2 win. “We have good players. There’s nothing to complain about because the talent is there, the courage is there. Commitment, focus, energy, work, all that seem easy and carry. everyday, it̵7;s not – – especially in the environment we’re dealing with today. “
The Indians knew that well, as they were the Cubs’ newest opponent going through turmoil in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Is it a coincidence that the Indians lost both games to the Cubs after placing the starters Zach Plesac and Mike Clevinger on the restricted list for violating the team protocols regarding COVID-19? After going through 17 consecutive contests without giving up more than four times, the Indians did so twice in a row against the Cubs, losing 7-1 and 7-2.
Obviously the Indian coach Terry Francona is a bit distracted.
“Whoever handles the adjustments best gives you the best chance to win,” Francona said simply on Wednesday.
Count Plesac and Clevinger were the players who didn’t “tune in” to the protocols as they left the team hotel without permission over the weekend. Meanwhile, their opponents for the past two nights have not had positive testing between their players, and the Cubs have kept each other accountable away from the field, thus distracting like the Plesac situation. / Clevinger did not happen.
“It’s a short amount of time to curl up and stay in the room and do the things that need to be done,” said Kris Bryant of the Cubs. “It was a great learning experience. The Indians have had some people step out. I’m sure they’ve learned from that. Hopefully we have a team of 30 teams that can be committed. link performing this process. “
It’s been tough – and not just for the Indians. Cubs football teams, the St. Louis Cardinals, having been on the sidelines since July 29 due to an outbreak of the coronavirus virus and another division rival, Cincinnati Reds, is recovering from a slow start to include viral problems.
“Surname [Cubs players] have accepted the change and are accountable to each other in their work and attitudes, “Ross said Wednesday ahead of the game.” Their concentration has not been off the chart. “
It shows in their play. A bad defensive team last season, the Cubs overturned the scenario in that area. They have also done the same on basepaths, where they have the best league record in 2018 and 2019. So far this season, they have only had 3 passes from facilities after 15 games.
“Sometimes a different eye sees different things,” said Ross, the Cubs first year manager. “The overall theme of the arch is that the players have to take responsibility and work to get better. They’ve done it.”
But perhaps the most notable difference in the Cubs is in the turn signal. A team far worse than the sum of its parts over the past few years has suddenly found its momentum. The Cubs have shown that, in all places, Cleveland, where they won the World Series in 2016. Back then, the Cubs committed a serious offense.
“One to nine, there’s really no disappointment in our squad,” said Bryant. “I can’t really remember playing time for this team. I think that’s in our profile.”
That is saying something, as the Cubs of 2016 and ’17 have been running non-stop, but of course, that doesn’t have a designated beater per day. Either way, Indian football starter Carlos Carrasco knew all too well what Bryant was talking about. He threw 89 pitches to get past the fourth inning and ended after 4⅓. Cubs lead the MLB in terms of throws seen on each plate (4.2), so Carrasco isn’t alone in that feeling.
“We are playing as a team – not playing with numbers [statistics]”Shortstop Javy Baez said.” It’s been a short season, so we didn’t have time to get up and down. “
Because the season is short, the numbers tell us something about the Cubs’ great start: They have a more than 95% chance of making it through the season after the season, despite having only played 15 games. It’s something that will keep the Cubs up and running and off the pitch like any protocol or directive.
Midfielder David Bote said: “All day, you are in a good position.” “There’s no place to relax except in your own room. You’re staring at the four walls. That makes it challenging.”