5/25 Sveum: “I’m lost for words”
The losing streak reached 10 games Friday after the Cubs dropped a 1-0 decision to the Pirates. It wasn’t that Pittsburgh won. Chicago beat itself, going 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position. This is the first time the Cubs have lost 10 in a row since they dropped the first 14 games of the 1997 season. It’s the franchise’s 15th skid of 10 games or more.
“I think that’s the problem is that we’re trying too hard,” Alfonso Soriano said. “We want to have the big hit and try to make the team better and try to win. We have to be more relaxed and let it happen. This game is not too easy but sometimes we make it harder. I think we’re making it harder because we’re trying too hard. We have to play one at-bat every pitch, and not try to do too much. I think now everybody is trying to do too much because we’re struggling offensively.”
How bad is it? They’ve scored in only four of the last 56 innings. The Cubs now have scored two runs off a starting pitcher in the last six games, a total of 37 2/3 innings.
“It’s unbelievable,” Dale Sveum said. “To out-hit the opponent every night and not score, and we can’t seem to get that hit with men in scoring position. … I’m a little lost for words now. It’s kind of the same thing. Guys are battling and having decent at-bats, good at-bats, and just not finalizing it, really. There’s a lot of good at-bats. They’re just not getting it done.”
— Carrie Muskat