Lou was late for his postgame press conference this evening, allowing pitcher Jason Marquis to go first. For a few minutes, we wondered whether Lou would come into the interview room at all. But he did, trudging in without shoes to rehash today's 3-0 loss. It was the Cubs' third straight game without an extra-base hit. They picked up 4 singles today, 11 singles Sunday and 11 singles Saturday, all losses.
Granted, Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt was tough, and nobody in the lineup looked great, but it looks like Kosuke Fukudome's slump is getting to Lou. Asked about moving Fukudome up to second in the order today, Lou said only: "Well, it's a good spot to hit in."
But Fukudome didn't hit, going 0-for-4 as his batting average dropped to .263 and his once-vaunted OBP fell to .363. Lou's tone suggested that he's not sure what to do anymore with Fukudome, whom the league has figured out pretty well. On this homestand, Fukudome is 3-for-16.
Soriano, Soto, Theriot and pinch hitter Daryle Ward had singles for the Cubs today, so maybe more lineup changes are coming.
"We'll see what we do," Lou said. "That's what I was talking about with my coaches upstairs."
Maybe that Hoffpauir kid can get a start, even at first base, where Derrek Lee went 0-for-4. Lee's average is a respectable .291, but his OBP is .361 and his slugging percentage is an underwhelming .462.
The Brewers lost today, so that takes a little of the heat off. But this was the Cubs' first three-game losing streak at home, and as Lou noted, Oswalt is the type of pitcher the Cubs are going to have to start hitting pretty soon.