Doug Davis: Only blame yourself

CINCINNATI -- Left-hander Doug Davis had a lot to say about being a good teammate during tough times after Tuesday's loss, the Cubs' eighth straight. The veteran still appeared stung by comments Carlos Zambrano made in St. Louis on Sunday.

"When something goes wrong, everybody is blaming somebody or themselves," Davis said. "That is the point that I'm getting to. If you're blaming somebody, you should be blaming yourself, blaming the person in the mirror."

When Davis was asked if his statement was aimed at Zambrano, who had called the Cubs "embarrassing" and "like a Triple-A team, while also questioning reliever Carlos Marmol's pitch selection, Davis first replied that it wasn't. But he later circled back to Sunday's incident.

"It's just when you're going bad, everybody wants to point the finger," Davis said. "Whether or not it has to do with Z or not, and this doesn't, all I'm saying is that when things go bad, you want to point the finger and figure out what the heck is wrong. What you have to do is look in the mirror and say, 'What if I played harder. What if I was a better teammate today.' I'm not pointing anybody out or anything like that. I kind of feel for Zambrano when he did that (rant on Sunday). I know he doesn't want to say that. But when you do, it's because (stuff) has gone bad. You just want to turn it around.

"But there's different ways of going about it [than what Zambrano did.] That's supposed to be in-house stuff."

Davis struggled in Tuesday's 8-2 loss to the Reds, giving up four runs on seven hits and failed to get out of the fifth inning. It was the second straight day a Cubs starter failed to get through five innings.

"We've got a good bunch of guys here that come back every day and look at it like it's a new day," Davis said. "But it seems like the same day (another loss). We're not winning, that's the bottom line."

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.