CHICAGO (AP) -The Chicago Cubs held a lengthy players-only meeting Wednesday, one day after a mistake-filled loss to the Florida Marlins that manager Lou Piniella said ``might be our worst game of the year.''
Piniella and team executives held a long meeting of their own before Wednesday night's game against Florida.
``Everybody's on the same page,'' Piniella said. ``It has been a little bit frustrating. But everybody's on the same page and we just go forward.''
Going forward may mean settling on a lineup. The Cubs have platoons in center and right field and at shortstop.
``I've tried my darnedest to play everybody,'' Piniella said. ``It's getting to the point where we're going to have to get really set. I can't do it at every position. ... But just play the people who are getting the job done the best.''
The Cubs had lost seven of nine and were third in the NL Central at 22-28 after Tuesday's 9-4 defeat - certainly not the start they expected after hiring Piniella and committing about $300 million to lure and retain players in the offseason.
They're showing the same fundamental breakdowns that plagued them the past few years under former manager Dusty Baker, and there were several on Tuesday.
Piniella bemoaned mistakes on the bases during his pregame session with reporters, then watched Mark DeRosa and Michael Barrett commit two in the second inning.
DeRosa got thrown out at third trying to advance from second on a grounder to short, and Barrett got picked off second.
On Wednesday, reporters were not allowed into the clubhouse until about 4:15 p.m. - about 45 minutes later than normal - as players tried to figure out how to escape this funk.
``We have too good a team to be in the situation we are,'' first baseman Derrek Lee said.
Outfielder Cliff Floyd said they're pressing - himself and Lee included.
``We've got to go out there and believe,'' Floyd said. ``If you put pressure on yourself, nothing's going to (go) right.''
Piniella said the idea for the players meeting was Lee's and that the session with management was just something they hold ``about once a month.''

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Pirates vs. Mariners Prediction Will the Pittsburgh Pirates and Seattle Mariners push a high-scoring pace when they meet up tonight at...
Thumbnail Astros vs. Angels Prediction Will the Houston Astros continue to keep the Los Angeles Angels silent at the plate when the two meet at...
Thumbnail Jays vs. Rockies Pick Can the Colorado Rockies continue to have the hot bats when they host the Toronto Blue Jays tonight at 8:40PM ET?
Thumbnail Royals' Ventura returns for battle with Cards For the first time since June 17, Yordano Ventura is ready to take the mound for the Royals.
Thumbnail Cubs' Bryant barreling up vs. Reds Career games aren’t supposed to be mustered by those with fewer than 250 appearances in the majors. Then again, Kris Bryant isn’t your typical wet-behind-the-ears...
More inMLB Articles  

MLB Team Pages