The Cubs are hoping to put last week behind them.
“Every team in the Major Leagues has a bad week, bad month,” Alfonso Soriano said. “Everybody has some trouble during the season — it’s a long season, 162 games. We cannot be perfect. I just hope what happened last week does not happen again.”
What happened was the Cubs batted .160 on a winless six-game road trip to St. Louis and San Diego in which they scored five runs.
“I think when the team is doing bad, it’s contagious,” Soriano said. “I cannot be perfect 162 games. I think I had a bad week. Today’s Monday, start a new season today. Whatever happened last week, there’s nothing you can do about it.”
He got off to a good start in the first inning Monday against the Pirates with a 12-pitch at-bat to lead off, resulting in a walk. He scored on Ryan Theriot’s double.
Soriano knows Cubs fans expect perfection.
“That’s different — the fans don’t play the game,” Soriano said. “We can’t, every at-bat, hit a home run or get a big hit, every pitch strikeout every batter. We know we cannot be perfect.
“We play one week like champions,” he said, “and one week, we play like the worst team in the league.”
Theriot is taking a positive approach.
“Everybody’s spirits are up,” Theriot said, “and we have a ton of time to do what we need to do.”
— Carrie Muskat