A week ago, the Chicago Cubs had committed at least 1 error in 7 straight games. Since last Friday’s loss against the Pirates at Wrigley Field, however, the Cubs have committed just 1 total error in those 7 games. That is a major improvement for a club that has already committed 32 errors on the season – good for a .979 fielding percentage.
The one glaring problem, Starlin Castro is 2nd on the team in errors with 5, just 1 behind 3rd baseman Aramis Ramirez. Castro was supposed to provide stellar defense for the middle of the Cubs defense, but so far, it has been a bit suspect. Sure 3 of those errors came in his 1st game in front of the home town fans at Wrigley Field, but we need him to remember about the routine plays and not just the spectacular ones. Hopefully as he gets more comfortable in his new surroundings at the major league level we’ll see more consistency in his defense.
Kudos to Ryan Theriot who hasn’t skipped a beat despite moving over to 2nd base to make room for Castro at shortstop. Theriot has just 3 errors in 153 chances good for a .980 fielding percentage.
Derrek Lee is having another solid year – just 1 error in 335 chances, good for a .997 fielding percentage.
Lastly, let’s hear it for catchers Geovany Soto and Koyie Hill – not one single error during the 1st 42 games of the season – pretty damn impressive.