Maybe the Cubs have been trying too hard. That theory was the latest sounded by manager Mike Quade, so he said he just wanted his club to relax.
It might have worked Wednesday as the Cubs held steady after blowing yet another lead and came back to beat the Marlins 7-5 in Florida. The victory snapped a three-game losing streak and came on the heels of two poorly played games by the Cubs in Cincinnati.
So selling the club on relaxing might have been easier said than done.
"I hate the term, but I think it applies," Quade said. "Stay within yourself. That's my sense now. I think I've gone from several days of saying, 'Look, we need to make sure we're concentrating on these little things,' to 'OK, we're concentrating on them, so just relax and do it.' I hope that's what it takes."
Cubs games of late have been filled with myriad mistakes in the field. So it wasn't lost on a relieved Quade that the Cubs were able to take advantage of a couple of Florida errors to score twice in the fifth.
"We took advantage of a few mistakes, instead of the other way around," Quade said. "It's a big win for me."
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