Browsing posts from May, 2012
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The Cubs are on the brink of slumping to depths the 2011 team never sank to–losing nine straight games.
Mike Quade’s club lost a season-high eight straight in early June, but also had five more wins at this point last year.
Chicago’s 15 wins ties Minnesota & Colorado for the fewest in baseball. The Cubs .349 winning percentage, however, ranks dead last in the majors.
Granted the Cubs have a lengthy injury list, but the lack of overall talent has been exposed badly in May.
You could circle any number of games during this awful stretch as the season’s low point. But the lineup looked worse than ever Tuesday night.
Is it wrong to think Alfonso Soriano should be the Cubs leadoff hitter?
“Don’t be surprised if Alfonso Soriano ends up in the leadoff spot this season. It won’t happen anytime soon, or necessarily come as a permanent change, but dire circumstances could place Soriano atop the Cubs order once again.”
Dale Sveum is desperate to shake-up his rag-tag offense that’s gone cold during this seven-game losing streak and now ranks 14/16 for runs scored in the National League.
Soriano, however, is one of the few Cubs producing at the plate, hitting .353, 2 HR, 4 RBI during the recent homestand, but is still hitting nowhere near what you expect from a true cleanup hitter.
“This isn’t the end of the world, folks. We know Soriano isn’t the answer at cleanup for the long haul, maybe not even through May.”
Granted Soriano is playing on one healthy leg and can’t steal bases the way Sveum wants to, but Soriano could easily transition to the leadoff role, and by all accounts, would welcome the move.
Is tied for the team lead in appearances.
Has walked 6 batters vs. 19 strikeouts.
Opponents are hitting .194 over his last 18 outings.
In Sept. 2011 went (5-0) with a 0.93 ERA.
Attended college at George Mason University.
Name that Cub!
Serious reality check for the Cubs this past weekend.
Being swept at home vs. the White Sox was about the worst thing that could happen to a team struggling to draw spectators.
The cross town series has always meant more to the fans than the players. But losing in such pathetic fashion won’t sit well with a fan base whose patience is already being stretched thin.
Last Saturday I addressed a worse case scenario regarding Kerry Wood’s final days with the Cubs:
Wood continues to struggle and the Cubs are forced to issue an ultimatum to ‘retire’ or accept his unconditional release from the club.
It would be a rather sad ending for a much beloved Cub, but the more Wood struggles, the more likely it becomes Kerry finalizes his Cubs career standing with family members behind home plate at Wrigley Field during a small ceremony held in early September.
No doubt that day is near. But I remain hopeful it’s one that comes next season rather than this one.
I obviously didn’t expect this day would come so soon and somewhat unexpectedly. But give Wood credit for taking a tough decision off the hands of Dale Sveum and the front office.
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In his 12th major league season with the Cubs, including his second year
in his second stint with the team. Originally selected by the Cubs in the first
round of the 1995 draft.
Has pitched exclusively in relief since the 2007 campaign, and is 15-19 with
63 saves in 86 chances and a 3.66 ERA (102 ER/251.0 IP) in 256 outings in
His 1,469 strikeouts with the Cubs rank third in franchise history behind Fergie Jenkins (2,038) and Carlos Zambrano (1,542).