Pena wielding a hot bat for Cubs in May

Pena wielding a hot bat for Cubs in May

MIAMI -- Carlos Pena's career as a member of the Cubs did not get off to a strong start. The slugging first baseman hit just .159 with no home runs over the first month of the season, but things have turned around for him since. Pena was batting .327 with five homers in May entering Thursday, but he is not about to get complacent just because he started hitting.

"I'm one of those guys that keeps on coming and working hard," Pena said. "I don't ever think I have it figured out. I just know that the only answer is to keep on working and trying to improve on my weaknesses. I don't sit there and over-analyze anything. I just try to stay consistent with my work and everything will be OK."

Pena hopes to carry his hot hitting into this weekend's series against the Red Sox. The 33-year-old was born in the Dominican Republic but grew up in Massachusetts, so he is well aware of the history between the Cubs and Red Sox.

"I know enough to understand the magnitude of it," Pena said. "I'm really looking forward to it, and I think all the guys are. It's going to be quite an event, and we're not going to take it for granted. Hopefully, we can come out on the winning end."

Even if the Cubs come up short in Boston, Pena is confident that the team will get on track soon, and he can't wait to be a part of what he feels is a special team.

"I think we have a very good group and a very intense fan base," Pena said. "I am still optimistic about this year as far as us as a team. I really want to give the city of Chicago what they've always wanted. To be part of a team with the opportunity to do so, I treat that with a lot of respect and I'm honored to give it a try."