Theriot ready for another hitting streak

Theriot ready for another hitting streak

PITTSBURGH -- Ryan Theriot is eager to start a new hitting streak.

The Cubs shortstop went 0-for-4 Wednesday night to end his hitting streak at 13 games, which tied his career high, set July 3-20, 2008. Theriot joked that he wasn't even aware of the streak.

"I knew [Mike Fontenot] had one going and I laughed at him when he had a pinch-hit and got out," Theriot said of the second baseman, who struck out Tuesday to end his streak at 10 games.

Nobody teased Theriot.

"I don't think it's anything significant until you get close to 20 [games] and up," he said.

OK, so Joe DiMaggio's record is safe.

Theriot did enter Thursday's game ranked fourth in the National League with a .345 average. He leads the NL with 41 hits and was tied with James Loney with 13 multihit games.

"I think the main thing is just keeping the same approach," Theriot said. "For me, it's staying consistent with my thought process, with my approach. If I do that, I'll be fine. I made a few changes, nothing too drastic.

"Hitting first also forces you to think differently, which is big. For me, with my game, I think it helps a lot."

Hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo has made some adjustments with Theriot's stance and also convinced him to take more pitches.

"I'm seeing the ball better, swinging at better pitches," the shortstop said. "Staying more narrow [with his stance] and being able to stay back allows you to see the ball better and allows you to recognize balls and strikes, and balls you can go after and balls you can't.

"It's been good," he said. "I've been able to get on base and, more importantly, score some runs."