Well, our dream of having the Cubs in first place at the break is a no-go after Friday’s 8-3 loss to the Cards. But we shouldn’t worry, as the Lee and Soriano make us feel that everything will be okay:
“Is it urgent?” asked first baseman Derrek Lee, whose 3-run homer in the third tied the game at 3-3. “I don’t know about urgent. It’s important. These are important games.
“Just like that, you’re 41/2 back. It’s dangerous territory.”
One word might be “dangerous.” Left fielder Alfonso Soriano had another.
“We’ve got to turn around and try to win tomorrow and try to win the last three games left because if we do not win these games, it can be very ugly.”
I guess they’re not exactly reassuring statements. And I’m not sure if Lou’s trying to stay positive or just doesn’t have the energy for negativity anymore:
The players were harder on themselves than manager Lou Piniella, who said “it just wasn’t a very good game.”
“Why disappointed?” he asked a questioner. “Everything is ‘disappointed’ or ‘frustrated.’ Are we pleased with the way we played? No, but we have to come out and play [Saturday].”
I’m sure this was before the game, but the Fonz is feeling good after his two days off, and is looking forward to three more next week:
Although he was unhappy Wednesday at his unexpected day off, Soriano said Friday the “two days off cleared my mind, so I feel very clear in my mind right now.”
“I work hard every day to get out of this slump because it’s never happened to me before,” he said. “The hitting coach, the manager give me a lot of motivation. I hope the negative has already happened.”
Soriano is 6-for-15 in his last four games and is showing signs of coming around.
He was not chosen to play in the All-Star Game — for good reason.
“It feels weird because the last seven years I go to the All-Star Game,” he said. “I’m so happy I’m not going because I don’t have a very good first half and I think those three days [off] will help me for the second half.”
With not a lot to look forward to, another setback has occured, with Geovany Soto slated for the DL. Whatever shall the Cubs do?
The Cubs had hoped to claim Chris Coste off waivers from the Phillies, but the Astros beat them to it, leaving them without an immediate Plan B. They could go to Triple-A Iowa where Mark Johnson is injured and Chris Robinson and Steve Clevenger have been sharing duties. None of them are on the major-league roster.
And not so fast on the Halladay to the Cards trade:
The Cardinals are among the teams believed to be very interested in Toronto ace Roy Halladay, although insiders believe they do not have enough talent to satisfy trade demands. He and Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter, an ex-teammate, are best of friends.
Rumors from the Pirates’ front office are that Freddy Sanchez — a man just named as an All-Star reserve, becoming the first Pirates player to be a three-time All-Star – may very well be the subject of a trade with….yes…the Cubs. The trade bait? Unnamed “young talent” (please be Aaron Miles, please be Aaron Miles). Let’s hope it’s true, and that the Seattle Times is not right. Updates to follow as warranted….