Results tagged ‘ Lou ’

Food for thought

Lou Piniella walked through the interview room munching on a slice of Connie’s cheese pizza he grabbed from the media’s spread.

It was one of those classic arresting moments Lou seems to have every other game or so. Mike suggested it’s from a confidence he’s developed over the years. Whatever it’s from, it never fails to crack smiles around the writers and from Lou himself.

It’s funny, too: In two of the sit-down Q&A’s I did with Lou — for Vine Line’s monthly In the Dugout segment — he was chowing down on some breakfast. I just happened to catch him in his office at the times when he was having eggs and toast, but it also had the interesting effect of giving him a few extra moments to pause and think about the question I had posed.

Confidence, comfort or an opportunity to collect himself, it’s always interesting to catch the man in charge in thought.

— Sean Ahmed

More from Lou

How hard is it to keep Mike Fontenot out of the lineup as well as he’s swung the bat lately?: That’s a good question. He has swung the bat well lately. You know, we need a bat coming off the bench, too. He’s been our best bat coming off the bench. At the same time, with as cool a weather we’ve been a little hesitant with DeRosa putting him in the outfield and running bigger distances.

But it’s a good, legitimate question. I can inject him in the lineup just as easily as not, believe me.

On Game 2 being do-or-die for the Cubs: “Oh, I don’t look at that. I really don’t. I think that it would be a huge advantage for the Dodgers, but do-or-die? If we lose tonight, well, might as well just stay home and go home and forfeit the game in Los Angeles. I don’t see us doing that.

You’ve got to win three ballgames in these things. Obviously you go down 2-0 the advantage really swings, but not do-or-die. No, that I don’t buy.”

On the other hand, DeRo

Mark DeRosa was asked just before Lou whether he saw tonight as a do-or-die. His comment was interesting from a player’s point of view:


Going for .500

Yesterday’s comeback was a good start for the team, particularly the lineup against a good pitcher in Houston’s Roy Oswalt. Today, Henry Blanco makes his first appearance, giving Geovany Soto a rest.

Soriano, LF

Johnson, CF

Lee, 1B

Ramirez, 3B

Fukudome, RF

DeRosa, 2B

Theriot, SS

Blanco, C

Zambrano, RHP

Kid K

Kerry Wood saved his second game of the season with yesterday’s 1-2-3 inning. His slider kept hitters off balance, and his fastball was moving very well.

In his 36 career appearances as a reliever, Kerry has a 3.43 ERA and has held opponents to a .181 batting average.

Evolving lineup

Lou explained this morning his rationale for moving the catcher to the eight hole in the lineup: He wants to have some speed in front of the catcher so that he can try to get runners in scoring position for his backstops.

Lou thinks carefully about his lineups, and as he said, if something’s not working, he’s going to change things around a little bit.

“Z” for Zero

Carlos Zambrano holds a 19.2 scoreless-innings streak. He hasn’t allowed a run in his last three starts, dating back to Sept. 28 in Cincinnati (6.0 IP).

He’s the first Cubs pitcher to go three starts without yielding a run since Ken Holtzman accomplished the feat in both 1968 and ’69.