5/10 D-Lee: "You have to get it done"
On the last road trip, Derrek Lee was 4-for-24 (.167) and is batting .210 overall. That’s not good for the No. 3 hitter in the Cubs’ lineup.
“No one likes not getting hits,” Lee said. “We’re obviously off to slow starts. We’re going to turn it around.”
All he needs is one swing to get re-aligned.
“It seems like you have that one at-bat, get that feel, and it clicks from there,” Lee said.
This isn’t the first time Lee has gotten off to a slow start. But usually he gets over his hitting funks by now.
“I try not to look at past years, to be honest, because I don’t want to take anything for granted,” he said. “You can’t say, ‘I did it last year’ or whenever so it’s going to automatically happen. You just keep working. You know the ability is there. You just have to get it done.”
The Cubs aren’t going to catch up in the NL Central if the guys in the middle of the lineup, Lee and Aramis Ramirez, don’t start hitting. Ramirez was batting .160.
“That’s how we want it,” Lee said of the expectations. “We’re right in the middle of the order. We’re the production guys. We have to get it done.”
Lee does work with hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo, but trusts himself more.
“I still feel I’m my best hitting coach,” Lee said. “I listen to how my body feels and I know what I need to do. Rudy’s there for support. I’ve had this swing for a long time. I know what gets me in trouble. I get in these funks sometimes and I have to work my way out.”
– Carrie Muskat