3/2 Errors, miscues & mistakes
The Cubs have made nine errors in their first three spring games. That’s not a good pace.
“There’s an adjustment when you go from doing early work to playing defense the whole nine yards,” infielder Jeff Baker said. “You can do your drills but once the game gets amped up, there’s still an adjustment period to how fast the speed of the game is and you’re still getting used to that. I don’t think it’s a concern at all.
“The biggest thing for me is the last two weeks of Spring Training from an offensive standpoint and from a defensive standpoint and from our pitchers,” Baker said. “That’s when you start dialing it up. Not that these first two weeks aren’t important, but there will be an adjustment period doing your stuff. Whether you’ve been inside in a high school gym or outside taking ground balls, there’s a difference.
“I think guys are aware we need to play better defense and guys are focused on playing better defense. It’s a process, like anything else. Hopefully we’ll come out and win when it counts April 1.”
— Carrie Muskat