Some Love for the Cubs' Defense Last Night: Baez, Zobrist, Contreras

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Some Love for the Cubs’ Defense Last Night: Baez, Zobrist, Contreras

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Although the team committed three errors in the game last night, and also scored 13 runs, obviating the need for killer defense, I do want to spotlight some very nice plays last night. Can’t let the offense get all the attention.

Javy Baez, a shortstop, has continued to play very well in his new permanent role, and he makes these extremely-deep-in-the-hole plays so often and so easily that you can forget how hard it is to pull off, and how other Cubs shortstop options would not be able to do the one on the left:

Ben Zobrist was out in left field last night, and despite the fact that he’s set to turn 38 later this month, he was flashing the leather like a much younger man:

Bonus: Matt Carpenter sure does like getting tagged in the face by the Cubs, eh? That was yet another to add to the pile:

(Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)

Last thing to spotlight is Willson Contreras, doing Willson Contreras things, nailing Paul Goldschmidt with a perfect throw FROM HIS KNEES:

That was just perfectly done.



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.