#Cubs will wrap up West Coast trip in P.J.’s
No matter what happens in the series finale on Sunday, the Cubs will return to Chicago in comfort. They’ll be wearing their pajamas.
The players were notified that this West Coast trip is the “onesies” trip, which means they have to wear pajamas on the flight back Sunday night. It’s part of manager Joe Maddon’s attitude, which he says he learned growing up in Pennsylvania to “have a party regardless of whether you win or lose.”
The Cubs are 1-4 so far against the Giants and Dodgers. Maddon knows how tough these trips to the Pacific Time Zone can be.
“It’s a West Coast trip, and sometimes they’re difficult for young players who haven’t done it before,” Maddon said. “I’ve been through it many a time. If your players don’t care, if your players don’t show up, if your players don’t play hard, then you become disappointed, but we have [played hard and shown up]. We haven’t hit the ball very well on this trip. We’ve normally been very good on the road and we haven’t been that good on this trip.”
The Cubs have totaled six runs in the last four games, all losses.
“I would have to say it’s an epidemic right now,” Maddon said, tongue in cheek.
Jon Lester, who took the loss Saturday night, said the current losing skid isn’t “concerning.”
“Obviously, it’s not how we wanted to come out here and play,” Lester said. “We’ve played so well lately. We’re not playing bad baseball — we’re not killing ourselves with errors.”
The Cubs had won 21 of 25 games before this four-game skid. On Sunday night, Jake Arrieta will start against the Dodgers.
“I don’t think there’s anything to worry about,” Miguel Montero said. “You’re playing good teams. Unfortunately, we haven’t had that big hit that gets a couple runners in. When the score is tight, it puts a lot of pressure on the pitcher. As hitters, we need to do a little better job. [We need to] hit the ball, I guess, because we’re striking out a lot.”
Despite the losses, the Cubs still have a hold on the second Wild Card spot.
— Carrie Muskat