Cubs hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo is one of the more respected coaches in the game, but his club's poor offensive showing is putting him under the microscope.

"He has put his heart and soul into this team the last few years," outfielder Reed Johnson said. "He takes a lot of pride in hitting, and he wants his guys to be successful, and guys feel that in return. Obviously when we're not swinging the bats well we know that would reflect on him. And we know that's not the case.

"We need to get the job done as players, and obviously give him some credit for that. I know I've done that in the past as well. When I'm swinging the bat well, I feel like it's a combination of my work and his work. I think everyone in here feels the same."

Perhaps Jaramillo's biggest success is the recent surge of Alfonso Soriano. No one would have believed it May 14, but Soriano could be the likeliest candidate to represent the Cubs at the 2012 All-Star Game in Kansas City.

After a two-run shot Saturday, Soriano leads the majors with 12 home runs since May 15. He didn't have any the first 30 games.