Browsing posts from August, 2011
We all know what Alfonso Soriano is capable of when he gets on one of his hot streaks.
Although he doesn’t do that with quite the regularity he use to, Soriano’s bat is warming up for another blistering streak at the plate, which couldn’t come at a better time given the Cubs are batting less than .200 this month with RISP.
Sori has gone deep in four of his last seven games. His fifth inning blast Monday night proved to be the game winner. Another solo homer on Tuesday, a monster shot to LF, set the tone offensively in the Cubs 5-2 win at San Fran.
It’s the second time this week Soriano has homered in back-to-back games–Atlanta Aug. 23-24–with the recent power surge pushing his home run total to 24 this season.
That mark puts Soriano in rare company as just the third active player to record 20 HR in 10-straight seasons (Albert Pujols & David Ortiz).
If there’s any team scuffling as bad as the Cubs are offensively, it’s the Giants.
Since August 4 the Giants are averaging an MLB-worst 2.6 runs per game, undercutting its dominate starting pitching and dropping them 4.0 games back of Arizona in the West.
The Cubs, meanwhile, are right on par with San Fran averaging 2.5 runs per game over its last eight contests, seven of which have been losses.
However, it’s reasonable to believe the Cubs have a shot at taking this series, if for no other reason than the Giants being as bad, if not worse, than Chicago when it comes to hitting in the clutch.
Just as we expected, the Brewers cleaned the Cubs’ clock this weekend, sweeping its second consecutive home series against Chicago.
None of the three games were as close as the scoreboard indicated–2-5, 4-6 & 3-2–with a few late runs on the board keeping it respectable for Chicago.
The Brewers, however, have outscored the Cubs by a wide margin this year–48-26–while leading the season series 9-4 with eight of those victories coming at Miller Park.
Not exactly the kind of beer shower we were hoping for this season.
Three more games are on tap against Milwaukee during late September at Wrigley Field. I can hardly wait.
It’s tough for the worst big league teams to reach 100 losses in a season, even for a team as bad as the Cubs.
One month ago, however, it appeared a certainty the Cubs would hit triple digits in the loss column. Surprisingly, that’s no longer the case given Chicago has managed a (20-21) record since the All Star break.
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Could be an ugly weekend for the Cubs as they’re set to face the red-hot Brewers in Milwaukee.
The Brewers own the best home winning-percentage in the majors (.746) thanks to a 47-16 record at Miller Park…which includes an 18-3 mark over its last 21 home games, and 16-4-0 series record overall.
It’s also been the driving force behind Milwaukee’s ascension to the top of the NL Central over the past four weeks as they’ve gone 18-5 during the month of August.
If Randy Wells could find the middle ground between where he’s been most of the season and where he was Wednesday night, the Cubs would have a very good fifth starter for 2012.
Since Mike Quade took over the Cubs last August he’s (80-86) .481.
Quite honestly, the record isn’t all that bad. But it’s the way the Cubs are losing that’s the problem.
Monday marked the one year anniversary of Sweet Lou stepping down from the Cubs. And one year later Mike Quade is again campaigning for the Cubs’ manager position.
Yet despite the Cubs recent success, (13-7) in August, Quade will likely be replaced with the arrival of the new general manager. We know it, Quade knows it, and more importantly, so do his players.