It's tough for the Cubs to enjoy a home-field advantage at Wrigley Field during the awful weather Chicago has experienced in April, but manager Mike Quade wants his team to try.
The Cubs committed four errors, including three by shortstop Starlin Castro, in a sloppy 5-3 loss to the Rockies on Monday night at Wrigley. The game-time temperature was 43 degrees. The wind was blowing in off Lake Michigan, and a steady mist fell most of the night.
"We played to the conditions, and they didn't," Quade said afterward. "This is our place. We've got to find a way to play better baseball here. I don't care if it's raining. I don't care if it's snowing or what's going on."
The Cubs, who fell to 10-12 for the season, have been a mediocre bunch at best in April. Quade was careful to walk the fine line of blaming the conditions and trying not to sound like he was making excuses.
"I'd like not to be hanging around," Quade said. "I'd like to be five, six over (.500). But I think I understand the reasons that we're not. Weather may play into that a little bit. We've put the ball in play, and we've hit the ball well. We haven't driven the ball. We haven't driven the ball out of the ballpark the way I think we're going to. Does weather have something to do with that? Sure. But it still goes back to getting our pitching straightened out, and I'm convinced of that. And I'm convinced we will."
Quade did not mince words when the term "sloppy" came up to describe Monday's game.
"That might be the understatement of the year," he said. "We had a good first inning. We got good pitching. And the rest of it was awful. If you're going to get beat, you would at least not like to gift-wrap the damn thing for the opposition. That's bad.
"It goes right back to (it's) great to have talent, great to have exciting kids, great to play like a son of a gun. But if you can't execute, you can't make plays, you can't execute offensively, you can't tack on a few runs after a big first, you're going to get beat. You're going to get beat on a regular basis."
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