5/8 Setting the tone
One year ago, the Cubs were 13-20 and 8 1/2 games back after 33 games in the National League Central. The Cubs are 11-21 heading into Thursday’s game against the White Sox. GM Jed Hoyer said he’s pleased with what manager Rick Renteria has done so far.
“Very happy,” Hoyer said when asked about the rookie manager. “He creates a great environment for these guys. A lot of guys are playing much better than last year.
“We’ve given him a very young team,” Hoyer said. “We’ve given him a very young bullpen that doesn’t have a lot of experience. I think he’s managed that really well.”
Renteria also has had to deal with injuries to two pitchers projected as key pieces in the bullpen, Jose Veras and Pedro Strop. Two of the outfielders, Justin Ruggiano and Ryan Sweeney, are sidelined with hamstring injuries.
Renteria has done his best to keep things upbeat.
“I like the tone,” Hoyer said. “Obviously, the results, the wins and losses, are probably no different than it was with Dale [Sveum last year]. We’re not in a place right now where we’re going to evaluate [Renteria] based on the standings in the paper in the morning.”
— Carrie Muskat