6/4 Lou: "I'm talked out"

Expect to see Tyler Colvin and Koyie Hill in the lineup Saturday vs. the Astros. With Friday’s 3-1 loss to Houston, the Cubs now have been limited to one or two runs in six of their last seven games, including each of the last four. They’re 3-23 when scoring three runs or less.

“I don’t think I want to talk about our offense any more — I’m talked out,” Lou Piniella said after the game. “We’ll let them go out there and see what they can do.”

Colvin is hitless in his last four games, but he did bat .333 in May with two homers and six RBIs.

“I’ve been patient enough watching,” Piniella said. “I’m going to let the kid [Colvin] play and see what he can do. We’ll have him in the lineup.”

Friday’s tweaks included inserting Marlon Byrd into the leadoff spot for the second time this season and he had two hits, including a RBI double in the fifth.

“I can hit anywhere,” Byrd said. “I go out there and try to play my game. I try to get hits, get on base, create havoc any way I can.”

Hill may be batting .224 but he’s a better arm behind the plate. The Cubs aren’t scoring and have to figure out a way to stop the other team on the bases. The Astros stole two on Friday.

“I know these guys are trying,” Piniella said of his team, which dropped its fourth in a row for the third time. “I know they’re trying. We see the same thing every day, day in and day out.”

– Carrie Muskat

4 Comments

Lou must go, NOW ! How can he put Ramirez in the cleanup
spot, day after day, and D. Lee #3 ?? Let these two has-beens, work out their problems, hitting 7th / 8th ,
(8/9 when Z starts)

I really don’t want to hear Lou lament about the offensive woes. Just about every game Ramirez comes up in an rbi spot. He has no business batting fourth. Until Lou realizes that or has the guts to move him, he really cannot complain about low scoring.

There is 0 consistency in Lou’s lineup on a daily basis. The only two spots he leaves the same is Lee and Rami batting in the 3/4 hole. Theriot and Font were off to a blazing start so he breaks them up and moves theriot to second base and moves him all around in the batting order. Fukudome had a great April and then we decide to start him 1 out of every 3 or 4 games and bring him in off the bench in the 8th and wonder why his average has dropped. I read where Lou is “fed up” with Fukudome and wonder what is so bad with having the 2nd best on base percentage on the team and playing great defense. Just sick of watching the cubs get 8 or 9 hits a game and score 1 run because we have the 2 hitters struggling the most batting back to back at 3 and 4.

Soto and Fuke are 1 and 2 on the team in on base percentage so lets get them out of the lineup!

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