Can’t blame Lou for shelving Kosuke Fukudome. Not after ‘The Fuk’ hit .189 in June–a drastic fall from his .344 average in April.
But the only way to increase Fukudome’s low-trade value is to play him…even if it costs Tyler Colvin at-bats, which is the cost of doing business for the time being.
Fukudome, fortunately, is doing the Cubs a huge favor with his recent hot-streak. He’s batting .250 on the road trip with a couple of home runs, RBIs, and runs scored.
Most importantly, however, he’s getting on base having reached safely in 39 of his last 44 starts.
It’s just enough to keep Fukudome’s name in trade talks, which is all the Cubs can ask for from its $48M bench-warmer.