LOS ANGELES -- While Anthony Rizzo had a standout July, Bryan LaHair would like to forget the month. The Cubs outfielder batted .194 with one home run and three RBIs. The home run was his only extra-base hit in July.
"We have to get more production out of that spot and RBIs and more home runs and game-changing hits," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Saturday. "Those are the things we need to get more of to change the game around and get a three-run lead. You have to get home runs and slugging percentage and slugging percentage with guys on base."
LaHair, one of the Cubs' two All-Stars, does believe in visualization. Maybe he thinks too much at the plate?
"I think it's not so much thinking, but trying to guess along with the pitcher or the catcher," Sveum said. "There's times for educational guesses but not every single pitch. You have to stay away from that mind game."