5/6 Streaky shortstop
Ryan Theriot was eager to start a new hitting streak. The Cubs shortstop went 0-for-4 Wednesday to end his streak at 13 games, which tied his career high, set July 3-20, 2008. Theriot joked that he wasn’t even aware of it.
“I knew [Mike Fontenot] had one going and I laughed at him when he had a pinch-hit and got out,” Theriot said of the second baseman, who struck out Tuesday to end his streak at 10 games.
Nobody teased Theriot.
“I don’t think it’s anything significant until you get close to 20 [games] and up,” he said.
Theriot entered Thursday’s game ranked fourth in the National League with a .345 average. He leads the NL with 41 hits and was tied with James Loney with 13 multi-hit games.
“I think the main thing is just keeping the same approach,” Theriot said. “For me, it’s staying consistent with my thought process with my approach. If I do that, I’ll be fine. I made a few changes, nothing too drastic.
“Hitting first also forces you to think differently which is big,” he said. “For me, with my game, I think it helps a lot.”
— Carrie Muskat