6/12 GM Hoyer on MLB Now

Cubs GM Jed Hoyer was a guest on MLB Network’s “MLB Now” on Tuesday and talked with hosts Brian Kenny and Harold Reynolds about a few topics:

* On the bullpen’s struggles:
“I think we’ve outscored our opponents by 30-plus runs in the first six innings. But innings seven, eight and nine, we’re getting killed. Our bullpen hasn’t shut down games. We’ve tried to mix and match in the bullpen so far, but that’s been our biggest struggle. I think we’re a solid team, but ultimately, you look at the Pirates for example, they dominate teams at the end of the game and we’re not there right now. That’s our biggest struggle right now. That’s what’s really separating us from being a team that’s right around .500.”

* On the Cubs’ offense:
“We still need to get on base more. We’ve hit for some power this year, but the on-base percentage has been a struggle. I think until we get on base more and grind out at-bats – I watch the Reds play with Choo and Votto. We don’t have that quality of at-bat yet, so I think that’s really holding us back a little bit.”

* On getting Starlin Castro to be more patient:
“He’s a great hitter. I think by the end of the year he’ll be back up by .300 and he’s a hit-maker. I think, with him, he has power. He’s a strong guy. I think the biggest challenge for him is getting into those counts where you can drive pitches. You’re not gonna hit a lot of home runs 1-2 in the count. You need to be up 2-0, 2-1. He’s getting better at that. He’s still developing that, but I think his power will come if he gets in better counts.”

* On getting Castro to go deeper in counts:
“It’s one that we talk about all the time because this guy is a slasher. He’s a guy that barrels up pitches all over the zone. It’s a good question. Do you try to teach a guy like that to get on base more and to get in better counts or do you just let him be and let him get his 200 hits? I think that’s a big question. I don’t think he can be the type of power player we think he can be without getting in those counts.”

4 Comments

key is to get ON BASE……. OBP people!!!!!!! OBP!!!!!!!!! Midseason poll by Rosenbaum had 4 cubs in the top 37……baez 14, soler 19, almora 31, and bryant 37…….. keep em coming theo!

We must be patient as Cub fans. We are only 1 plus years into this process. There are positives(starting pitching), new talent. I would hope we see some of this talent later this year. Still wish Ryno were here though but he is not and probably never will be. Sad.

So true tomntex….but one can still hope, after all there will be a manager AFTER Sveum and Sveum may not live up to expectations as he is currently showing the signs. But I think Ryno’s future lies with the astute Philly organization which was fortunate never to have employed Hendry.

Hmmmmm……any scoop on the other law-breaker….. his brother “Wiki”????

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