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All the goodwill of the weekend and early week have once again worn off. The Cubs can't hit again, and Lou's not happy:


"There's nothing else to say, there really isn't. We've just got to start swinging the bats better if we're going to do anything in this division or the rest of the year, and that's really the bottom line. I get asked the same questions every day, every day. I think what you need to do is go ask the players why they're not hitting instead of asking me. They can probably give you a much better insight than I can.

"Or go talk to the hitting coach."


And Bruce Miles does just that:


"For me, a lot of it is, outside of guys putting a lot of added pressure on themselves, the big thing I'm seeing is ... everybody's trying to hit the ball out of the ballpark," Joshua said. "I'm trying to stress to them that you don't have to hit the ball out of the ballpark to score runs.

"Today, each one of our left-handed hitters, against their starting pitcher ... he was painting the outside of the plate, and they're all rolling over and trying to pull the ball until (Kosuke) Fukudome hit the ball to left field, the way you should hit the ball, where his pitches are. He hit it out of the ballpark. I'm just trying to get the guys to relax and not try to pull everything."


And while Flyball will be thrilled, we might be seeing a whole lot of Koyie Hill in the near future:


If the Cubs are forced to put injured catcher Geovany Soto on the disabled list, they don't have a healthy catcher in the minors with big-league experience to take his place on the roster, and one source said the team might replace him with a non-catcher in that case.

That could be how the Cubs get their 12th pitcher back on the roster after the All-Star break. A series of roster moves Monday resulted in temporarily dropping a pitcher from the 25-man roster.


The Fonz was a little grumpy about not playing Wednesday, but he got over it:


Alfonso Soriano, who is used to being told in advance when he's not going to play, was upset Wednesday morning when he saw the lineup card didn't include his name.

But he later said he was fine with Piniella's decision, which gives Soriano a two-day breather before the big Cardinals series.


Let's end today's headlines on a note of joviality. Big Z made his press box debut yesterday morning (click on the link to see a photo of the fun):

Meanwhile, Carlos Zambrano, who says he always wondered what it would be like to sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" at Wrigley Field, rehearsed Wednesday morning.

He walked up the ramp and into the press box around 9:45 a.m., grabbed the microphone from Len Kasper and began singing over the p.a. system to no one in particular.


"Maybe in seven years when I retire, I can come up and do it," Zambrano said.

Why not just do it on a day he doesn't pitch?

"Nah, Jim Hendry will get mad at me," he said.

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flyball said:

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kinda a silly question, but the 15 day DL, does that include the All-Star game and the day before and after? because then its only 11 games, and you don't really need another catcher until the Phillies series

if Hill can play a day stretch they might not need one at all

but for the record I do realize that Geo is a better catcher, so I hope he gets better fast, but I'll take Koyie Hill as a fill in

thisyearcub said:

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I'm pretty sure it does. Hill should be plenty rested, so I can see that happen. Now if he just could block a damn ball in the dirt ...

Doc said:

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I will literally puke if this happens...

Cardinals and Halladay

flyball said:

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that would pretty much be the icing on the season wouldn't it

gravedigger said:

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meh. the cubs arent winning the division or going to the playoffs anyway, so i don't really care what the rest of the division does.

Doc said:

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I'm not sure why...but I actually have faith that Bradley, Soriano and the rest of the cubs will start hitting well and have a very good second half.

But I've been wrong before.

gravedigger said:

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bwahahahaha. i never knew you were so funny.

actually i did, but still. that's hilarious.

flyball said:

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they gotta balance off to career averages right?
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right?

Doc said:

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That's usually what I go by.

It's amazing how often these things even out over a season.

The biggest question mark is Soto...there isn't a lot of data to go by with him. It is very possible he sits at .230 the rest of the season. But I'm ok with that.

summerguy said:

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Its a good thing we fired Gerald Perry.

And thank God Ramirez is back to jumpstart this offense.

And its a good thing everyone is healthy now.

... Any other excuses? This is a bunch of bullshit. This team=2005/1985/1990/1999... the list goes on.

gravedigger said:

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Most accurate post ever on this site.

JulieDiCaro said:

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from the same child (mine) who brought you "it smells like llamas out here," "this car smells like a penny," and "my lunch today tasted like a farm," i give you today's observation:

"aidan smells like a sidewalk."

gravedigger said:

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is your child a dog? i think only dogs have that keen a sense of smell.

Doc said:

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What does a sidewalk smell like?

flyball said:

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like concrete and dirt?

thisyearcub said:

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Wow. David Aardsma is 17-18 in saves. Who would have thought that?

flyball said:

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usually I complain, a lot, if its an off day, but today I'm just happy it means they can't lose

thisyearcub said:

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Yeah, good time to have one. This next series is, um, huge. Got to at least split.

Doc said:

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The Cubs will score about a many runs today as they do on days they actually play a game.

flyball said:

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dude, the sun's out, I'm trying to be optimistic

Doc said:

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It's so sad that we have to put in so much effort to be optimistic about anything. Damn this team.

JulieDiCaro said:

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still cloudy and rainy here. boo.

flyball said:

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hopefully your sun will return also!

the region was in a collective bad mood the entire month of June for lack of sun. and you know, its definitely an area known for its happy demeanor to begin with

jtbwriter said:

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Morning all-sorry you have such boo-hiss weather! I'll still trade you...going to be 94 today here in SoCal! And we can so use the rain!

I don't know what the schedulemakers were smoking when they planned out the season, but I can't believe the lousy way they gave off days to the Cubs and Angels at the same time! Means I'm stuck with the Dodgers for lunch and whatever MLB sticks on.

I sure hope Halliday throws a roadblock to going to St Louis....If they weren't asking for Jered Weaver, I'd give Toronto Brandon Wood and anyone else they want from the Angels farm.

BTW, the pic of Zambrano in the booth is a stitch....I want it as a screensaver!

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