MINNEAPOLIS -- The Cubs return home after a less-than-productive road trip, but hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo says there has been no change in the work effort by the players.
"The approach is fine," Jaramillo said Sunday. "Hopefully, we can get a hit with men in scoring position and it kind of rolls from there and good things happen."
The Cubs went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position on Saturday in an 11-3 loss to the Twins.
"We have to keep working, and hope they can adjust and trust it," Jaramillo said. "The bottom line is you have to believe you can hit when you go to the plate and feel good about yourself and that's what we're trying to do, is make them feel good about themselves for the next day and move on and keep a good positive attitude and be there for them and keep chugging along."
Alfonso Soriano has provided the offense. In the last nine games, the Cubs 3-4-5 hitters have driven in 15 runs, and Soriano has 11 of those RBIs. Soriano said the problem may be a lack of confidence.
"I think it's getting better," Jaramillo said. "That's what you're hoping for. You have to battle that within themselves -- they have to talk themselves into staying positive. 'I can hit, I'm going to hit, and try to get a little swagger.' It's all confidence and believing in yourself that you can, and work on it."
It seems the swagger is missing?
"That's obvious, when you're going the way we're going," Jaramillo said. "When things are going good, you do see it."