4/20 Ramirez: I'm trying to do too much
Aramis Ramirez is scuffling. He’s batting .145 and leading the team in strikeouts with 19, adding two more on Tuesday.
“I haven’t gotten the job done,” Ramirez said after the Cubs’ 4-0 loss to the Mets. “No excuses. I’m 100 percent. I just have to keep working and try to get out of it.”
And all the strikeouts?
“I’m not seeing the ball good right now,” Ramirez said. “I’m swinging at too many bad pitches. You can’t hit when you do that. My last at-bat, I swung at two changes in the dirt. You can’t hit that. I just have to stay focused and get some better pitches to hit.”
Ramirez said he isn’t trying to make up for the team’s lackluster hitting, just his own problems at the plate.
“I’m not hitting — I’m trying to do too much and trying to hit a four-run homer with nobody on base,” he said. “You just have to get back to the basics, see the ball, hit the ball and see what happens.”
Lou Piniella can’t figure out what’s going on with his cleanup hitter and hinted he may give him a day off.
“I haven’t seen him strike out that much,” Piniella said. “He usually makes pretty good contact.”
Ramirez is a career .286 hitter, who has been the Cubs’ most consistent batter in the clutch. Could he be pressing?
“I don’t know why you need to press in April,” Piniella said. “It becomes a long season if you start pressing in April.”
– Carrie Muskat