Lee takes blame for offensive drought

Lee takes blame for offensive drought

CHICAGO -- Clean-up hitter Carlos Lee, who entered Friday's series at Wrigley Field in a 3-for-35 slump with no RBIs to start the season, said he takes responsibility for the Astros' offensive struggles. Houston had a .220 batting average with only two homers and 18 RBIs through nine games.

"We're struggling right now trying to score runs, and I take full blame, because I've been in big spots in a lot of games and I haven't been able to come up with the big hit," he said.

Lee entered Friday in a 1-for-31 slump, including an 0-for-16 funk that tied the longest hitless streak of his career. Since last year, he has started 13 consecutive games without recording an RBI, which his tied for the second-longest streak of his career.

The RBI number is perhaps the most shocking, considering Lee has reached 100 RBIs in five consecutive seasons and six of the past seven.

"My swing is feeling a lot better and I'm hitting the ball hard and putting good swings on the ball," Lee said. "I'm not doing anything differently or changing my swing. I'm trying to find rhythm. That's the problem right now. I don't know how you lose it like that.

"It's funny. I came out of Spring Training swinging the bat real well and all of a sudden somebody turned the lights on and turned mine off. I guess it's a matter of finding the spot and not being too far out front or too far back. I need to find the middle spot and get there to help the team."