Dale Sveum has had it with the Chicago Cubs and really, who can blame him?
The Cubs’ manager seemed to snap when he was ejected during a rare outburst during Friday night’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers while trying to defend Jeff Samardzija, which still resulted in yet another loss for his team. Even after Sveum’s argument, the Cubs continued to play sloppy baseball, allowing themselves to be swept in a three-game series by the Brewers.
Sveum has every right to be angry, upset and frustrated with his team. According to Cubs.com, the Cubs lead the majors in errors and they’re not even a month into the season! But the real shocker is that this same team that is making careless mistakes on the field almost every single game was considered one of the top defensive teams in Spring Training.
What happened in the short time between Spring Training and the regular season?
“We’ve swung the bats well for the most part,” Sveum told Cubs.com of his team this year. “We haven’t hit with men in scoring position and every error we make is magnified because we have to make a pitch behind that mistake and we haven’t recovered from it,” he added.
These kind of mistakes are what is costing the Cubs so many games. It’s becoming painful to watch these pitiful games every night, knowing that this team is capable of playing better than the way they are right now.
So what happens next? That’s up to Sveum, but he’s correct when he says that every single member of this team, himself included, is to blame with the Cubs’ embarrassing 5-13 start.
“Hey, we’re all [accountable] in this. I’m [not] exempt [from] being fired, so is my coaching staff,” Sveum told Cubs.com.” We’re all in this together as a team. As coaches, manager, we try to get people better on the team.”
If the Cubs want to get better this season, they need to start working together to fix their careless mistakes. If things don’t improve, I suspect Sveum won’t hesitate to take action with those not pulling their weight.