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Derrek Lee Cold In Hotlanta

By bullpenbrian - August 29, 2010 - 12:01 am 2 comments.

Derrek Lee has struggled offensively since joining the Braves last Friday.
He’s 4-for-30 (.133) with 5 RBI, 3 walks, 3 doubles and 2 runs scored.

To make matters worse, he left Saturday’s game against Florida in the third inning with a mild strain in his right side. Lee was hitless in his lone at-bat, flying out to left field with two men aboard to end the first inning.

Bobby Cox says Lee’s injury is not serious, but may need to rest his first baseman for one or two games.

Although Atlanta still leads the NL East by 2.0 games, they’ve lost five of its last seven and stand just 3-5 with Lee in the lineup.


Derrek Lee Deserves Braves

By bullpenbrian - August 19, 2010 - 1:00 am Leave a comment.

I’m glad Derrek Lee accepted the trade to Atlanta.
He’s deserving of a winning team and another shot at winning a championship.

I’ve always respected D-Lee the player, but never more so than last year when he rebounded from an awful start to lead the Cubs in home runs, RBI, runs scored, and OPS.

Lee accomplished the feat despite all the nay-sayers, like me, who screamed for Micah Hoffpauir, and despite the Cubs’ poor record, and despite the lack of protection in the lineup.

His second half was so brilliant (1.092 OPS and 92 RBI after the All Star break) that he finished ninth in the MVP voting. Who knew, right?

Dare I say, D-Lee may have even been undervalued heading into the last year of his contract?


Should Cubs Resign Derrek Lee?

By bullpenbrian - July 29, 2010 - 1:00 am Leave a comment.

You can’t be upset with D-Lee’s decision to revoke a trade to Anaheim.
As a 10-5 player, he’s earned the right to do so.

I am surprised, however, Lee’s decided to go down with the sinking ship
on the North Side vs. playing for a contender.

Of course, it would’ve been nice to get a little something in return for him,
but having Lee around isn’t all that discouraging, either.

Now the question looms as to what to do about Lee this offseason?
The two-time All Star turns 35 in two months, he’s scuffling offensively
and presumably looking to sign his last professional contract.

But what Lee lacks in production he makes up for in character.
And the Cubs, no doubt, need that leadership with a multitude
of promising prospects on the horizon

The more I think about it, the more I like the idea of Lee returning
for another two years. Then again, maybe I’m just thinking with
my heart and not my head?


Latest On Lee, Lilly & Nady Trades

By bullpenbrian - July 12, 2010 - 12:01 am Leave a comment.

Tough first half of the season.
11 games below .500…9.5 back of the division lead.
This isn’t the ‘Way of Life’ Tom Ricketts is talking about, right?

Besdies Zambrano’s fit-throwing, did any Cubs fans anticipated this…
an offense that doesn’t score, and a soon-to-be fire sale in mid-July?

Whoever thought Carlos Silva would be this good, or Aramis this bad?
And what on earth has happened to Derrek Lee and Randy Wells?

Then there’s Marlon Byrd the All Star…Soriano leading the lineup from the six-hole, and the breakout performance of Tyler Colvin.
Weird, weird and weird.

Things, however, will get interesting again following the break.
I’m not talking about a second half resurgence. That’s simply Not.Gonna.Happen.
Rather, the Cubs will embark on a selling spree that will reshape the roster for years to come.

Latest rumors I’m hearing:

D-Lee to the Angles.
Ted Lilly to New York.
Xavier Nady to Texas.
Theriot, Fontenot and Fukudome are all on the block, too.

Never would have thought it, but the second half of the season might be tougher to watch than the first.
If the trades pan out, however, next July could be a real treat!


Derrek Lee On Angels’ Radar

By bullpenbrian - June 22, 2010 - 1:00 am Leave a comment.

Derrek Lee to the Angles remains one of the hot trade rumors heading into July, and the Halos got a firsthand look at Lee over the weekend during the three-games series at Wrigley.

Here’s a review of Lee’s weekend:

4-11 at the plate, 6 RBI, 5 two-out RBI, 2 HR, 2 runs scored, 1 double, 1 walk, 1 strikeout and 1 error.

Despite his third error this week, Lee played 59-straight games without an error to start the season. He’s also batting above .350 with RISP and has reached base safely in 55 of 67 games played.

The guy basically showed Anaheim everything they want: a solid fielding first baseman with a little pop and a knack for hitting in the clutch.

If the Cubs continue to slip, the Angels will certainly come calling.


Trading Derrek Lee

By bullpenbrian - June 4, 2010 - 12:30 am 4 comments.

The Cubs should have no problem trading Derrek Lee, despite his full no-trade clause.

He’s a pro’s pro with a Gold Glove and a legitimate bat. And that’s worth trading for if you’re a contender and in need of a first baseman, like say, Anaheim is.

But that’s not the only reason Anaheim makes sense. So often we see aging players return home to ride off into the sunset, Lee is a native Californian, and the Halos are contenders, nonetheless.


What’s Next For Derrek Lee?

By bullpenbrian - May 19, 2010 - 2:00 am Leave a comment.

Don’t write off Derrek Lee just yet.

I made that mistake last year…calling for Micah Hoffpauir after Lee hit .189 through April.

To my surprise, the seasoned-vet turned things around…and in a big way…35HR, 111 RBI while batting .367 in September.

Unfortunately, he’s back to his old tricks…slumping in the three-hole and batting a paltry .229.

No question he’s killing the Cubs offensively…but as of late, Lee’s been coming around at the dish.


Cubs Hit But Can’t Score

By bullpenbrian - May 10, 2010 - 12:30 am Leave a comment.

How is it the Cubs have four regulars batting above .300 but can’t score enough runs to win a ballgame?

Theriot, Fukudome, Byrd & Soriano all rank in the top-11 for batting average in the NL…but the offense remains terribly inconsistently.

That falls on the shoulders of D-Lee (.210) and Aramis (.160), the club’s two biggest run producers…whose collective slump essentially has the Cubs playing without a three & four hitter…and, of course, it shows with a record four games below .500.

I’m not giving up on either one, but isn’t it about time Lou moves Lee from the three-hole and Aramis down to sixth…like permanently…at least until these guys come around with some plate consistency?

What else needs to sour before significant changes come to this lineup? Is a 1-5 road trip through Pittsburgh and Cincy not enough to signal the panic alarm?


Derrek Lee’s Thumb Injury

By bullpenbrian - April 14, 2010 - 12:32 am 1 comment.

Huge relief Derrek Lee’s right thumb checked out okay after Monday’s game.

He’s the only guy hitting with any consistency…6-for-19 on the opening road trip…and 2-for-3 Monday.

Lee’s reached base safely in all seven games…and is hitting .364 overall.

The guy’s picked right back up where he left off last season…as the Cubs best hitter… .306 avg., 35 HR, 111 RBI.


Derrek Lee Contract

By bullpenbrian - February 24, 2010 - 1:45 am 1 comment.

Derrek Lee’s contract runs dry at the end of this season, which is a positive omen for the first baseman and Cubs fans.

Credit human nature, but we’re all more focused when money is on the line, especially pro ballplayers who are positioned to earn millions.

Question is, should the Cubs resign Lee who turns 34 in September?


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