6/9 Olt not worried
Mike Olt is stuck in an 0-for-16 skid, but it’s not that bad.
“I’ve had worse,” the Cubs rookie third baseman said Monday.
Olt was batting .153 for the season and has nine home runs. He’s the first Cubs rookie with nine homers before June 1 since Geovany Soto had nine through May 2008. Soto won the National League Rookie of the Year that season.
“Things are starting to come around,” Olt said. “All it takes is one thing to click, and next thing you know, you’re 30 for the next 60. I feel good.”
Luis Valbuena started at third base on Monday, and manager Rick Renteria has tried to put Olt in situations where he can have success. It’s just a matter of time, Olt said, before he finds that groove again.
“I’ve had stints where I feel like every at-bat I get a hit, and the next day, you wake up and something’s not there and you’re searching and you can’t find it for a couple weeks,” Olt said. “It’s all a matter of snapping out of it and finding something that works.”
— Carrie Muskat