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).
He’s also just one of three players to record 20-homer seasons in his first five years as a member of the Cubs (Hack Wilson & Andre Dawson).
In fact, only six players have hit more HR through their first five seasons with the Cubs than Soriano.
-Hack Wilson’s club record 177
-Andre Dawson 152
-Aramis Ramirez 146
-Hank Sauer 145
-Sammy Sosa 142
-Ernie Banks 136
-Alfonso Soriano 130
It’s been difficult acknowledging Soriano’s accomplishments with the Cubs due to his ridiculous contract–8yr, $136M. But the guy’s put up good offensive numbers since joining Chicago in 2007.
Unfortunately, good numbers don’t justify an $18M dollar per-year contract, but that’s what the Cubs are stuck paying him through 2014…hot streaks or not.