The Cubs have gone from prohibitive favorites in the NL Central to “big underdogs,” to hear Lou tell it. And he seems to love it.
“I don’t pay attention to anything," he said when asked about the standings. "Nobody gives us a chance. Just keep it that way.”
So I figured I’d ask Lou what he thought of his team being written off.
“I love it,” he said. “I hope they continue to write that. It would be nice. What people write or don’t write has no bearing on how we do. It’s good. There’s nothing wrong with playing the role of a big underdog. There’s nothing wrong with that. We’ve got to go out and play on the field regardless of what people write or don’t write. The less attention, the better.”
Alfonso Soriano is supposed to see the doc this morning, and he may get a cortisone shot in his left knee. The Cubs say the MRI yesterday turned up inflammation. Lou said he hopes that Soriano is good to go by Tuesday night against Houston. In the meantime, Fox will be the left fielder. Yesterday, Jake said he’s as proud of his defensive work as anything else.
"The biggest thing that I'm happy about is that I'm showing, not only this organization but Lou, that I'm not a liability defensively,” he said. “I'm going out every day and playing very solid defense. That's the important thing because I think their biggest concern in bringing me here was with my defense, being able to go out on the field and not hurt them, being able to help them with my bat and not hurt them in the field. And I think I've shown them that. To me, that's the biggest improvement and the biggest thing that I've proven to them, that I'm not a liability in the field."
Lou said Jeff Baker is probably available to pinch hit today. He took a grounder off his right pinkie yesterday in BP and went for X-rays, which turned up negative.
In the minors, Tyler Colvin went 2-for-4 yesterday for Tennessee with a triple, a homer and 4 RBI. At Peoria, Kyler Burke was 2-for-4 with 6 RBI. He tripled and hit his 14th homer. Burke is a left-handed hitter the Cubs got from San Diego in the Michael Barrett deal in 2007. At Iowa, Blake Parker recorded his 20th save.