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The errors are both physical and mental, and are a surprise after how well the Cubs played in spring training, Sveum said.
"Some of these errors, they look physical but they're maybe a lack of awareness at the time or the situation at hand or they're trying to be too quick, or sometimes we don't have enough aggressiveness on balls or whatever it is," said Sveum, whose voice was hoarse after his argument with an umpire Friday that resulted in him being ejected.
"Sometimes defense is a rhythm and we're obviously not in any kind of defensive rhythm. Just like offense can be contagious, defense can, too.
"From top to bottom, we did outstanding in spring training, so to start out like this is obviously disappointing," Sveum said. "The bad thing is we're not picking each other up after these things happen.
"We're not overcoming our mistakes," Sveum said. "Good teams overcome those mistakes. A guy gets a ground ball double play and nobody thinks about what just happened."