Alfonso Soriano is quietly putting together a decent season–.261, 21 HR & 66 RBI.
Avoiding major injuries, of course, has been key. His 118 games played is already one more than all of last season, and equals 92-percent of the Cubs’ season thus far.
In May he led the club with six homers, nine doubles and 16 RBI while batting .308. He reached 15 home runs by the All Star break for the third time in four years while swatting five homers and 17 RBI through July.
Over his last 50 games Soriano has 31 RBI, and more than half (12) of his 21 home runs have come with men on base. He’s been hot of late too, hitting safely in 17 of his last 22 contests.
No question Soriano’s production was hampered by the prolonged slumps of Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez, as well. He’s had little, if any, protection in the lineup for most of the season.
It’s been an admirable campagne for Soriano given the circumstances, but hardly worthy of his $18M per-year contract–a contract that’s likely to keep Soriano a Cub for the remainder of his career, whether he plays up to snuff or not!