The Cubs are toast without Aramis Ramirez.
They can’t seem to score without him, and it’s costing them dearly in the standings.
Doesn’t matter that Ramirez won’t be fully healthy for the remainder of the season, the Cubs just need whatever he can give.
D-Lee could use the protection, Fukudome could use the leadoff spot and the starting pitching could use the support that was present with Aramis batting fifth.
Until Aramis’ return, however, we’re subject to watching the Cubs’ offense repeat its struggles from the season’s first half.
This aint May or June, mind you, so what you see is what you get…and I see the Cubs slipping worse than a rusty bicycle chain.
Aramis is showing just how much one player can make a difference.
In 14 games since his return from the DL he’s 15-for-54 (.277) with three home runs and nine RBI, and doesn’t appear to be playing at full health yet, either.
Best of all, Ramirez’s hot-stick is relieving pressure off Derek Lee and Milton Bradley.
With Aramis back in the order the Cubs 3-4-5 hitters are a combined 16-for-32 (.500) with four home runs, 10 runs scored and 13 RBI in the last three games. Sweet!
And look what Soriano is doing from the sixth hole. He’s strung together an eight-game hitting streak going 14-for-32 (.437) with a couple of jacks.
The Cubs went 24-25 since losing Aramis to the DL May 9.
What’s more impressive is Chicago didn’t lose any ground in the division race, either.
They were 2.5 games back on May 8 and began Monday night’s game 2.5 back as well.
No question Aramis adds more punch to a lineup that’s on the upswing, especially considering the protection he’ll provide D-Lee batting in the three hole.
Shame on me for writing Derek Lee off earlier this season. Since May 16 Lee is batting .343 (43 total games) with 14 home runs and 38 RBI during that stretch.
Look closer at the numbers and Lee has 18 multi-hit games, 11 multi-RBI games and has also knocked in 16 runners with two outs. That’s big-time!
There’s not a better clutch hitter on the Cubs than Aramis. Period.
The more dramatic the situation it’s all the better for Ramirez. Brewers, White Sox, Cardinals–Aramis has tagged each for dramatic game-winning hits.
I’ll continue to say the Cubs’ third baseman is one of the most under appreciated players in all of baseball. Why, I don’t know?