5/12 Hendry: We have to fight to get out of funk
The Cubs headed into Wednesday’s game having 14 runs in their last seven losses combined, and scoring 14 runs in the one win in the last eight games.
“I don’t think any of us thought this was the kind of team that would average two runs a game,” GM Jim Hendry said. “Offensively, we’re certainly better than two, three runs a game. We’re in a funk and there’s nothing you can do about it except fight your way out of it.”
Hendry was encouraged by Aramis Ramirez’s at-bat in the eighth on Tuesday, even though the third baseman struck out. He said now is about the time Derrek Lee got on track a year ago.
“When you’re struggling, it gets contagious,” Hendry said. “Everybodhy’s trying to be the guy who gets you back on track and gets you over the hump.
“As good as those two guys are,” he said of Ramirez and Lee, “they’re also human beings and they could be internally pressing and trying so hard to get it going for the team, that sometimes it’s hard to get out of.”
The Cubs have scored three or fewer runs in each of their last four losses. Yet, the Cubs lead the Majors with a .289 batting average since April 21.
— Carrie Muskat