PITTSBURGH -- Bryan LaHair has been in funks before. The Cubs' first baseman remembers having at least three 1-for-21 stretches. He just shrugs it off.
"I come into the season and I already accept that it's going to happen. So when it happens, it's like, 'Oh yeah, it's that part of the season,'" LaHair said on Sunday. "Nobody goes through a season without having to struggle."
LaHair batted .390 in April, but has followed that with a .231 May.
"Everybody in the game will go through it at some point," he said.
He hit two balls hard on Saturday, but was not in Sunday's starting lineup against Pirates lefty Erik Bedard.
"After last night's game, I feel like I'm close," LaHair said.
Trying to stay positive is tough when the Cubs are going through an extended losing streak. Entering Sunday, the Cubs had lost 11 consecutive, the longest current losing streak in baseball.
"That's no fun," LaHair said. "It definitely makes it a lot more difficult. Losing definitely makes things more noticeable sometimes when you're not swinging the bat well. When you're winning, it's not as big of a deal. When you're not swinging the bat well and you're losing, it's kind of like a double [whammy]. it's all part of it."