Joe Maddon blaming “sleep deprivation” as the cause of the Chicago Cubs slow start
In an interview after the 3-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies, Joe Maddon is blaming sleep deprivation on the slow start to the Chicago Cubs season
“I sense sleep deprivation more than anything,” he told reporters Tuesday, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “I think right from the beginning of the year our schedule’s been kind of awkward. Nobody’s really had a chance to settle in.
“I don’t think anybody’s taking anything for granted. On the flip side of that, I’ve always said I love the word ‘expectations,’ and I do. But understand it’s going to be a different path this year. It is. It just has to be.”
The quote came after the Chicago Cubs almost got no-hit yesterday losing to the Rockies 3-0. Do I agree with him? maybe. The Cubs have played three Sunday night games this season with the last one going 18 innings. Playing that late of an extra inning game to end your week messed up the whole bullpen. The Cubs pitchers coming into the week already very off schedule could be the cause of them stinking all week.
But that excuse is done now. After the day off today and getting all the rest they should have needed there can be no more excuses. The Chicago Cubs bad defense, bad hitting, and the bullpen better step it up. Another bad outing this weekend in St. Louis could see the Cubs in the basement of the division. As it sits right now we are two games down to the Cardinals and no one wants to see them go any further. After they leave St Louis they will have a 10-game homestand and maybe just what they need.