8/19 Hendry: "It's 'whatever it takes' time"
With 45 games to go, it’s crunch time for the Cubs.
“There has to be a sense of urgency,” GM Jim Hendry said before Wednesday’s game against the Padres.
On Aug. 6, the Cubs were tied for first in the NL Central. They began Wednesday six games behind the Cardinals in the division.
“We just haven’t played up to our capabilities,” Hendry said. “It’s kind of a mystery to all of us. We’ve had a lot of guys who have hit their whole lives and they haven’t hit. We’ve done a very poor job all year. It’s frustrating. We just haven’t got the job done.”
After going 14-5 in the first 19 games after the All-Star break, the Cubs have gone 3-9 in their last 12. Hendry won’t use injuries as an excuse.
“We can’t be happy with anything,” Hendry said. “We haven’t, what I consider, come close to playing even the level we were playing after the break. It’s that time now. It’s whatever it takes time. There’s a fine line between ‘giving it your best shot’ and doing whatever it takes, and it’s certainly whatever it takes time now.
“We’ve got to grind through it, we’ve got to play our best, we’ve got to play hurt, we’ve got to play sick,” he said. “We’ve put ourselves in a very tough spot and we’ve got to find a way to get out of it.”
— Carrie Muskat