Slumping Cubs outfielders recognize offensive woes

Slumping Cubs outfielders recognize offensive woes
June 20, 2014, 5:00 pm
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Meghan Montemurro

Ryan Sweeney knows he, along with the other Cubs outfielders, could do more to help the offense.

With a group that features four outfielders — Sweeney, Nate Schierholtz, Junior Lake and Chris Coghlan — sharing time and at-bats, the Cubs need that group to find a way to produce more consistently. Collectively, those four Cubs outfielders are hitting .218 with 13 home runs, 58 RBIs and 154 strikeouts. The absence of Emilio Bonifacio, relegated to the disabled list, has been noticeable.

“It’s tough because we’ve kind of been rotating,” Sweeney said. “I think everyone would agree we all need to pick it up, but it’s just baseball.”

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Cubs manager Rick Renteria brushed off the offensive woes from his outfielders.

“I think they've all contributed in a positive way in one way, shape or form, whether it's been with the bat or with the defense,” Renteria said. “I just concern myself with the totality of how the club is playing. I can't just isolate one particular guy even though some guys are having some good years, some guys are having not-so-good years, but collectively how do we continue to play is my biggest concern.”