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|Posted: Thu May 11th, 2017 09:10 pm||
|The Chicago Cubs are on no sleep - NO sleep!
Before a 3-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies dropped the reigning World Series champs to 17-17 on Wednesday, manager Joe Maddon lamented how poorly rested his club has been following two Sunday night games in an 11-day span - and the ensuing overnight travel - and last week's 13-inning and 18-inning odysseys.
"I sense sleep deprivation more than anything," Maddon told ESPN's Jesse Rogers. "Sleep deprivation has a lot to do with it. Right from the beginning of the year our schedule has been awkward. No one has had a chance to settle in."
Indeed, the Cubs - who were 25-8 on May 11 last year and ended up winning the National League Central by 17.5 games - haven't been more than four games above .500 at any point in 2017, and things have gotten especially bleak of late. With their offense scuffling hard (.604 OPS over the past week), the Cubs have lost five of their last six, and are currently mired in fourth in their division, albeit only 2.5 games back of first.
A lack of sleep may have contributed to Chicago's recent slide, but Miguel Montero, the club's veteran catcher, wasn't inclined to make excuses following Tuesday's 10-4 loss at Coors Field. (Ironically, he did note that his team needs to "wake up.")
"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, though, didn't quite share his catcher's 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.