Carlos Pena is showing no signs of slowing down during the Cubs’ final 12 regular season games.
In fact, since August 3rd he’s hitting .278 with 13 doubles, 2 triples, 8 HR and 26 RBI.
On Thursday Pena crushed a monstrous 461-foot HR off Homer Bailey in the first and later drew a walk to finish his evening 1-for-4 with 2 RBI.
Ten hits over his last seven games, including the last four, has helped raise his batting average to .233, its highest since hitting .237 in early May.
His OBP is more than 100-points higher (.357) than his average thanks to his 90 walks, 16 coming over his last 13 games, which is by far the best mark on the Cubs and third best overall in the NL.
Despite the fact Pena got off to a slow start offensively, going homerless over his first 25 games, he’s put together another strong season since his first long ball on May 3 in L.A. From that game on Pena’s hitting .246 with 28 HR and 73 RBI. Not too shabby.
Pena’s offensive numbers, in addition to his leadership and Gold Glove fielding, should give him an opportunity to return to the Cubs next season.
He may not be the popular choice this offseason, but he’s certainly not the worst option at first base, either.