8/23 Pep talk

Lou PIniella talked to the Cubs players after Saturday’s loss to the Dodgers, although he downplayed the chat, delivered as he walked through the clubhouse.

“[It was] nothing formal,” Piniella said Sunday.

The Cubs began play Sunday trailing the Cardinals by eight games in the NL Central. It’s St. Louis’ largest lead since they ended the 2005 season 11 games up.

“We’ve got an 11-game homestand and we need to get hot,” Piniella said of the upcoming stretch against Washington, New York, Houston and the White Sox, which begins Tuesday. “We need to have a really, really good homestand.”

The Cubs are batting .269 in 57 road games compared to .239 on the road.

It can be done. The Rockies trailed by six games in the NL West on Sept. 1 in 2007, and went 20-8 in September to win the Wild Card.

Asked if there was one thing the Cubs need to do, Piniella said: “We need to start scoring runs. Getting [Carlos] Zambrano will help. You’ve got to score runs, c’mon. I think, like I told the team last night after the game, it’s got to turn, it’s got to get better. Just relax and don’t give in to it.”

Scoring runs has been a struggle. The Cubs have been outscored 21-7 in the five losses on this road trip.

– Carrie Muskat

12 Comments

hitting .269 AT HOME, right?

Hey Lou, it’s obvious you need some help with the line up so here’s a present for you:
1. Fuld in center
2. Lee at first
3. Fukodome in right
4. Ramirez at third
5. Fox in left
6. Baker/Fontenot at second
7. Hill at catcher
8. Theriot at short

It’s a weak bench but you have to go with your best starting nine and leave the bench to rot as a reminder
to Hendry of what a God awful job he did this year.
Soriano, Bradley, Miles, Soto, Fontenot/Baker…no wonder
you call on Zambranadonna to pinch hit.

Your line up is just about right, but this is how it should be:
1:Theriot:short/Font/Miles
2:Fukodome:right/Brad/Fox
3:Lee:first/Fox
4:Ramirez:Third/Fox/Fontenot
5:Fox:left/Sori/Fuld
6:Fuld:Center/Fuko/Johnson
7:Baker:2nd/Font/Miles
8:Hill:Catcher/Soto/Fox

Here’s a hint to start: Get rid of Miles. I cannot believe how inept he has been for us this year. Neifi Perez would be better at this point.

21-7 is a bit misleading. Its worse that that. Just like saying that the Cubs scoring 17 against Pittsburg makes their averages look better.

On their road trip, 3 of the losses were by the combined score of 8-2. If they had scored 3 runs a game they would have been 2-1 not 0-3.

In their last 12 games they have scored 3 or fewer runs 9 times.

In the Dodger series the Dodgers scored a grand total of 12 runs or 3 per game. If the Cubs could score a mere 4 runs per game they would be up by 8 instead of looking at their draft position and who is on the free agent market.

This team reminds me of Dusty’s last years. and what I expect will be Lou’s last.

ITS SO HARD FOR ME TO BELIEVE ALL THE PLAYERS CAN GO
COLD AT THE SAME TIME. I AM A FIRM BELIEVER IN DOING A
LITTLE MORE BUNTING, AND TRYING FOR LINE LOW DRIVES;
AND FORGET TRYING FOR THE FENCES ALL THE TIME. I
REALLY THINK THEY ARE TRYING, SO WHY DON’T EVERYONE
GET OFF THEIR BACKS ITS NOT GOING TO HELP.

Here s the best lineup you will never see.
fuki
the riot
lee
aram
fox
baker
sam
hill
pitcher
this lineup will produce runs,hustle and wins.

kketelsen, o.k. that’s a pretty good line up too.
Jilkfields, what do you mean ALL the players??? Do you mean the “big” players Hendry MISTAKENLY brought in??
Soriano, Bradley & Fukodome, and Gregg? Even though Fukodome isn’t exactly cold he is not playing well enough to meet his contract. I don’t think we’re on their backs as much as we’re on Hendry’s back. I would think that is the case with all of us people who ARE ON THEIR BACK. Just a guess, I guess.

8 games out… wasn’t it only 3 weeks ago when the Cubs were “on their way to the world series”, up half a game on the Cardinals? Come on, guys, let us try to face reality once again. NO ONE was supposed to be able to stop the Cubs this season, no one except for the Cubs themselves.

We all realize how bad this team turned out and what a bad job Hendry did. The Ricketts’s really need to acknowledge the bad and start fixing things, and it should begin with Hendry’s accountability. Their may not be anything that ANYBODY can do with the contracts of Bradley, Soriano and Fukodome but to leave Hendry in the GM postion would be a slap in the face to us fans. How hippocritical it would be for Hendry to keep his job after he performed so abysmally. A new GM is desperatley called for to try to turn this organization around while at the same time dealing with Soriano, Bradley and Fukodome on the roster, a tough scenario for anybody BUT HENDRY DOES NOT DESERVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO FIX ANYTHING. How about Steve Stone putting his money where his mouth is and actually LOBBYING FOR THE POSITION?? We’ve heard for many years now what a brilliant baseball mind he has and how he “knows EVERYBODY” in the game…well come on board Steve, take 3-5 years, get your “guys” in here and help us out!!! Maybe Stone as GM and Ryno as manager might be the combo we need to look players in the face and tell them they can collect the money HENDRY
gave you ON THE BENCH, while we trot out the BEST PLAYERS FOR THE JOB TO WIN A FRIGGIN’ BALL GAME OR TWO. I’d rather have a weaker bench than a weaker starting nine. Until the Hendry contracts are out of here the Cubs will not have the luxory of BOTH. Thanks again Jime, looking forward to the next FIVE YEARS OF SORIANO IN LEFT, TWO YEARS OF BRADLEY IN RIGHT AND ONE YEAR OF FUKODOME IN CENTER, while talent goes to waste in the minor leagues. Oh yeah, and God knows how many more years of waiting for Samardja to show up. Thank God Gregg will leave as a free agent…unless Hendry gave him an extension already!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A large part of the problem has been the management emphasis on winning this year rather than completing the development of promising players. An example would be the giving away of Felix Pie in January/February of this year. Pie is a five tool player, who simply needed some patience and guidance at the major league level. He received neither from Piniella and Hendry went along with that short sightedness – Pie went to Baltimore, where he has been brought along slowly, mostly pinch hitting and spelling an injured player here or there thru the first third of the season. He spent that time primarily working behind the scenes with the Orioles’ coaches. He began spot starting shortly before the All Star break. He was hitting around .245 at the break in limited time though he had begun to show signs of putting it together. Since the break he has been placed in the starting lineup On August 14 he hit for the cycle in a game he started and he has been on fire ever since. A few days ago the Oriole’s mlb writer wrote:
“Beginning with the Aug. 14 game in which he hit for the cycle, Pie has batted .383 (18-for-47) with five homers and 12 RBIs, earning additional playing time and Trembley’s trust.”
He now has 202 ABs, 55 hits, 7 doubles, 3 triples and 8 homeruns while batting mostly in the 2nd or the 8th holes. His average for the moment is .272 with a .339 on base percentage and a .455 slugging percentage. Over roughly the last 110 ABs his average is over .300. On watching Pie I see him hit to all fields. In two games recently he hit a double to left and smoked a line drive to right center. He hit a home run almost out of the ball park to right field and the next day put one into the bullpen in left center. The trade was good for Pie, but not a smart move by the Cubs.

Pie will start for the Orioles in either left or center field and he will be better than any outfielder presently on the Cub roster, more importantly, he will be better for the next 10 years. Nice thinking ahead Mr. Hendry

1952cub..you..you…YOU ROCK!! Hendry is WAY TOO SHORTSIGHTED to bring this organization to a World Series.
If he ever comes close again as in 07 and 08, it will be more due to luck (Edomonds for example) than PLANNING.

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