Cubs staying positive as losses mount


Cubs staying positive as losses mount

Though the expectations surrounding the Cubs heading into 2012 were low, a 3-11 start is hardly how anybody pictured things playing out.

Dale Sveum's squad is in the midst of a six-game losing streak that came on the heels of back-to-back big wins against the Brewers and Cardinals late last week.

"We're losing ballgames, but we're not losing because of effort and we're not losing because of preparation," Sveum said. "The guys are busting their butts. As a coaching staff, the one thing that is noticed is us. If we're hanging our heads and we're losing our enthusiasm, then the whole team sees that and starts following suit sometimes. It's very important for us to be upbeat all the time and understand that these guys are busting their butts every day and we're going to get out of this.

"The guys have been very upbeat. As a clubhouse, they've been great. It's just a matter of putting some wins together."

Chris Volstad took the hill to try to stop the bleeding Friday, but his string of bad luck continued. The 6-foot-8 righty has not won a game in his last 14 starts dating back to 2011 and the Cubs have not won a game as a team since last Friday.

"It's a little frustrating, but guys aren't getting down on themselves," Volstad said. Everyone is coming in every day with a positive attitude to start the day off. We're not a team that is ever going to get down on ourselves or quit or back down from anybody. Everyone is positive. We know the kind of talent we have, we just haven't really shown it yet."

First baseman Bryan LaHair knows a thing or two about battling adversity and echoed his teammate's thoughts.

"We're the kind of team that's going to continue to play hard and fight," said LaHair, a career minor-leaguer that is getting his first shot to start in the majors this season.

LaHair was the only Cub to collect two hits Friday, but the team hit the ball hard all afternoon and just came up empty more often than not.

"I don't know if you ever get down when you're swinging the bat good and you're not getting anything for it," Sveum said. "You know you're swinging the bat good and you're having good at-bats and putting a good swing on the ball.

"I think it's more important that they understand once the weather warms up or you're hitting somewhere else -- in better hitters parks than what we've been dealing with -- a lot of those things will turn out for the better."

The Cubs send Paul Maholm to the mound Saturday in an effort to stop the losing streak.

Is Ryan Arcidiacono trying to become the fourth Jonas Brother?


Is Ryan Arcidiacono trying to become the fourth Jonas Brother?

The Jonas Brothers are in Chicago for concerts that are taking place on Thursday and Friday night, and they have enjoyed quite a week. This week the trio has enjoyed a nice golf outing at Village Links in Glen Ellyn, had some quality BBQ at Bub City and even got the amazing opportunity to play a touch football game at Soldier Field. But one particular Bulls guard is looking to add another fun experience to their Chicago trip.

The Bulls organization welcomed the Jonas Brothers to the city with a set of custom jerseys for the trio and their significant others and that's when Ryan Arcidiacono chimed in with his offer. 

Since the Jonas Brothers have already got to play some football on the actual Soldier Field grass, Arci figured they might as well keep the Chicago sports-themed fun going and shoot some hoops with him. 

Now, Arcidiacono didn't make it clear whether or not he was offering for the Jonas Brother to get some shots up with him at the United Center, where their shows take place on Thursday and Friday night. But, either way, his time is running out as they will be moving on to Jackson County, MO for their next stop on tour on September 21.

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Bears Week 3 injury report: Eddie Jackson, Trey Burton limited in practice

Bears Week 3 injury report: Eddie Jackson, Trey Burton limited in practice

The Chicago Bears have a favorable matchup Monday night against the Redskins in a game that could be just what the offense needs to get back on track. Washington will be the worst defense Mitch Trubisky has faced (by far) this season and should present opportunities for big plays in both the passing and running games.

But as is the case every week in the NFL, injuries could play a part in the outcome. And the Bears have a few notable names on their injury report.

The most notable is DL Bilal Nichols, who's expected to miss the game with a broken hand. Trey Burton was limited in practice once again with a groin injury, but he should be good to go Monday night. He returned to action in Week 2 and played 26 of 60 snaps on offense.

Kyle Long (hip), Eddie Jackson (shoulder) and Eddie Goldman (oblique) were also limited Thursday, but none appear at risk of missing the game.

The long week should help the Bears climb closer to full health with the exception of Nichols.