Meetings Galore

The Cubs lost 14 of 16 games and claim to have had numerous meetings to try to turn things around.

"I've had more meetings than I've cared to have," manager Dusty Baker said. "I've talked and talked and talked. The guys have to get together and reach back and find that pride and get this thing before it grows and gets too late."

The team is not considering a "players only" meeting to try to clear the air.

"We've had multiple meetings and sit-downs," catcher Michael Barrett said. "We have to let the bats do the talking and let the leather do the talking and just go all out."

"This isn't football," teammate Todd Walker added.

"We've had people yelling and screaming every day since this started. It's not football, where you can take your aggression on the field or you'll wind up screwing yourself into the ground. This is a finesse game, where you have to keep your cool and your patience."


--RHP Carlos Zambrano, who has allowed one run in his last 15 innings, is starting to look like the ace of the staff again. Zambrano seeks his 50th career victory against Washington on Tuesday night.

--1B Todd Walker is hitting .228 with no homers and six RBI in 23 starts as the third-place hitter in the lineup. He said that he's not discouraged, because he is hitting the ball hard and opposing fielders are making great plays against him.

--LHP Rich Hill is 0-3 with a 7.63 ERA, and the rookie is still struggling with his command (10 walks in 15 1/3 innings). Because the Cubs have few options, he will likely stay in the rotation for a little while.

--RHP Jerome Williams, who was sent to Triple-A Iowa in April, gave up six runs on 12 hits in 4 1/3 innings against Salt Lake on Sunday and is hurting his chances for a call-up, even though some of the Cubs younger starters are struggling.

--RHP Greg Maddux became the first pitcher aged 40 or over to steal a base since Orel Hershiser (1999) when he swiped one against San Diego on Saturday.

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