It sounds as if Dale Sveum is starting to get a bit frustrated with his team’s lack of offense.
They laid an egg again Wednesday night in maybe the ugliest loss this season, by losing to Mark Buehrle and the Marlins 9-1. They also managed to do it all in front of Cubs brass, including Tom Ricketts and Crane Kenney.
Yes, Matt Garza (1-1) wasn’t on his game tonight at all. He lasted only five innings, giving up six runs, and had a hard time with a bad bunt attempt at the plate. He gave up two home runs including one to Hanley Ramirez, who has owned the Cubs in this series.
However, Sveum is giving his pitchers a little backing by saying they need more support.
"We're not scoring runs to (counteract) that," he said. "So it's tough for these starting pitchers to know they have to be perfect all the time."
Sveum realizes this offense is lacking both power and disciplined hitters, not exactly the blueprint he is looking for.
“We’re not hitting the ball out of the ballpark, and we’re not hitting for a big slugging percentage,” manager Dale Sveum said. “It’s tough to score runs when you don’t have slugging percentage and you’re not getting people on base.”
“We don’t have a lot of big power guys. But slugging percentage doesn’t just come from home runs. It’s a doubles and a triples ballpark. We’re not getting much slugging percentage at all in two games here. We have to get something going.”
I wish I could see a way this line-up will become more productive without getting an infusion of talent from Iowa, in say Brett Jackson or Anthony Rizzo.
"We've got to get him going," Sveum said. "We've got to get him swinging the bat. That's a big part of our lineup. He's playing a real nice center field. He's doing a great job out there. He's playing hard and battling and working his butt off to get out of it."
It's only been 10 games and 34 at-bats, and Sveum said he wants to see what happens at the 100 at-bat mark.