Halfway point

Aramis Ramirez got two hits Tuesday night but that wasn’t enough to carry the Cubs.

In his second game after missing two months because of a dislocated shoulder, Ramirez went 2-for-4 in the Cubs’ 2-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

“I felt pretty good out there,” Ramirez said. “I tried to shorten my swing up a little bit and tried to hit the ball back up the middle and it worked. I definitely felt better today than yesterday. Hopefully, I keep going like that.”

They were his first hits in exactly two months. Ramirez’s last hits came May 7; he injured his shoulder the next day in Milwaukee.

Tuesday also marked the official halfway point of the season for the Cubs, now 41-40. The game was all too familiar to Lou Piniella as the offense stalled. The Cubs went 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position, and they are batting .224 in those situations.

It’s a scene Ramirez has seen a lot from the bench.

“Just like today, we don’t score enough runs to win,” he said. “We got great pitching from [Carlos Zambrano]. The bullpen did a great job for three innings. We didn’t score any runs. If you don’t score, you’re not going to win, I don’t care how good the pitching is.”

So, what do the Cubs have to do in the second half?

“They’re going to keep pitching because we have good stuff,” Ramirez said. “But we have to start swinging the bats better, especially with men in scoring position.”

Piniella would agree.

“We just [have to] keep swinging,” Piniella said. “Keep swinging, and see what happens.”

– Carrie Muskat

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I just hope the Cubs will do really fine in the next game. If they are almost halfway in winning the tournament why not makes it all the way right? Show them what CUBS are really is. Guys! If a game goes wrong don’t be pessimistic. Remember the word “sportsmanship.” Anyway, in relation to sports event, People are interested in seeing a Steve McNair’s wife photo. A Steve McNair’s wife photo is of more interest after the slain NFL player was reported as having an affair with a 20-year-old woman, Saleh Kazemi. Rumors are starting to fly of a Steve McNair and Sahel Kazemi affair and murder suicide. Many would put a payday loan towards figuring it out. McNair was drafted into the NFL in 1995, retiring in 2007, and was a regular feature in the playoffs for both the Tennessee Titans and then the Baltimore Ravens. Many would give a cash advance for a Steve McNair’s wife photo, and the culprit behind his tragic end.

Soriano is killing the team more than anyone. He looked at two straight meatball strikes, gets down 0-1 and then flails away at anything until he gets lucky and hits a ball up the middle. He has had two balls drop behind infielders on popups and that accts for his being 5-12. He could easily be 0-12 because he has absolutely no clue up there. If you swing at strikes good things happen and when you swing at balls, bad things happen. Pretty simple formula. Yes you get outguessed sometimes. He decides before he gets to the plate that he will swing or not swing at the first pitch all the time, and he don’t care where the ball is at. Yes, lead off homers when a pitcher throws the ball down the middle and you guess right. His problem is he swings at anything without regard to pitch location. Pitchers throw balls in the dirt outside all the time, and he swings. he is horrible, get him OUT of the lineup and get Fox and Reed in the OF. Between them two, and Micah, and Bradely and the 1 dog, we have a good OF and the IF is starting to hit. At least Fontenot’s hits are hits, not little texas league bloopers that drop in and everyone says Sori is “coming around” which he ain’t. Soto is hitting, and Aramis is back. It is Sori who is absolutely killing the Cubs. Get him on the bench until 18 July or so.

Nice to see somebody sees the mistake that the Soriano signing was….and we have him for 5 more years??? Right, he’s coming around, and getting younger, faster, more defensive…duh. Nice job Hendry.

Soriano is killing the team more than anyone. He looked at two straight meatball strikes, gets down 0-1 and then flails away at anything until he gets lucky and hits a ball up the middle. He has had two balls drop behind infielders on popups and that accts for his being 5-12. He could easily be 0-12 because he has absolutely no clue up there. If you swing at strikes good things happen and when you swing at balls, bad things happen. Pretty simple formula. Yes you get outguessed sometimes. He decides before he gets to the plate that he will swing or not swing at the first pitch all the time, and he don’t care where the ball is at. Yes, lead off homers when a pitcher throws the ball down the middle and you guess right. His problem is he swings at anything without regard to pitch location. Pitchers throw balls in the dirt outside all the time, and he swings. he is horrible, get him OUT of the lineup and get Fox and Reed in the OF. Between them two, and Micah, and Bradely and the 1 dog, we have a good OF and the IF is starting to hit. At least Fontenot’s hits are hits, not little texas league bloopers that drop in and everyone says Sori is “coming around” which he ain’t. Soto is hitting, and Aramis is back. It is Sori who is absolutely killing the Cubs. Get him on the bench until 18 July or so.

Yes, Sori couldn’t hit me right now. He is a guess hitter who can’t guess, and is cold. Can’t the batting coach get him to stand still in the box? He stands in a crouch, and as the pitch is delivered, he stands up 8 or 10 inches. Your eyes cannot follow the ball’s path when you do that, and you cannot have any eye-hand coordination (that’s how you hit a round ball with a round bat).

My other gripe is with the umps. Carlos picked the guy off second base in the first, and the guy was called safe. Does MLB admit anything about the sorry state of umpiring? When instant replay was first invented, it showed the umps make almost all calls correctly. Now, I bet they miss 5%. That’s a huge amount of calls. And, is the official strike zone is just a suggestion to be ignored?

terrencee: what the heck?

I hope for the Cubs sake that Soriano gets hot again (Playoffs???) but I wouldn’t bet on it. Maybe that’s the strategy, cold during the regular season, hot for the playoffs (unlike last year). Unfortunately Cubs are stuck with him for a while either way.

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