Cubs pitcher Doug Davis has only been with the team for a little more than five weeks, but he already sees a big difference in the clubhouse quality since then, he said.
``I think everybody's pulling for everybody right now,'' Davis said after pitching five innings of the Cubs' 4-3 loss to the White Sox Wednesday night. ``We're losing as a team, we're winning as a team, and I think it's definitely different from a month ago. And we'll continue to push each other and back each other up on everything.''
Davis pointed to a team meeting about three weeks ago, just as the Cubs were hit with a rash of injuries within less than a week.
They haven't won a lot of games since then, but manager Mike Quade and players say they feel they've played a lot better baseball - and against some of the better teams in baseball during that stretch.
Davis, a veteran journeyman, said chemistry wasn't a major issue before that, but added, ``It just didn't feel like everybody was on the same page. I think we had a team meeting and things got straightened out, where we're all on the same page and working for each other.''
They even got cool new ``F--- the Goat'' T-shirts along the way.
``Bottom line, everybody is pitching in and giving us a chance to win every ballgame, and that's a key,'' he said.
Next key: Win at least a few more of the one-run games that have accounted for four of their last six losses.
``We're just going to keep coming,'' said first baseman Carlos Pena, whose 14th home run of the season Wednesday gave him homers in three straight games - the first Cub to do that since Derrek Lee last August.