Fri Aug 14 08:21am EDT
The Chicago Cubs are less than four games out of first place in the National League Central, but they just lost five in a row and only three of their last 10 while the first-place St. Louis Cardinals seem to be going in the other direction, winning seven of their last 10.
The word is that Cubs executives are not amused. And they aren't afraid to express their feelings to manager Lou Piniella. His Cubbies had recently won 16 of 22 to get into a first-place tie that now is looking pretty distant again.
The rumor going around is that the team may be losing patience with Piniella, according to the Chicago Tribune. After all, he hasn't been able to get his North Siders to win it all in the three seasons he's been managing and this off-season won't likely bring the team much on the free-agent front to bolster the current roster.
It could be time to cut Lou loose.