What do the Cubs, with the worst record in MLB, gain by sitting Bryan LaHair vs. left-handed pitching?
The Cubs are (4-17) against southpaws. Their .221 avg. against left-handers ranks 15/16 in the National League.
Jeff Baker, who often serves as LaHair’s replacement against lefties, is hitting .228, 1 HR & 5 RBI against left-handers–not exactly tearing it up.
LaHair’s not hitting left-handed pitching any better (.086, 1 HR & 1 RBI), and he never will without an opportunity to prove otherwise.
Several Cubs changed uniform numbers this winter. Several more are sporting Cubbie Blue for the first time.
Here’s a quick look at the numbers some of our Cubs will be wearing during the 2012 season.
A meeting between Mike Quade and Jim Hendry today will likely determine who will start at second base for the Cubs: Jeff Baker, Blake DeWitt, Darwin Barney or a combination of two of the three. Here’s a snapshot of the three candidates.
Lou’s tagged Mike Fontenot as his starting 2B, which comes as no surprise.
But where do the Cubs turn if Fontenot craps the bed again?
Most likely Jeff Baker who’s defense is on par with Fontenot’s, but he’s far less the hitter.
I wouldn’t mind, however, seeing Andres Blanco get a shot. Everyone knows the guy doesn’t hit, but he’s a Gold Glove fielder.
Given the Cubs’ bullpen situation, preventing a run may be more important than driving one in, and Blanco does that better than Fontenot and Baker combined.
Jeff Baker is hitting .433 in his last eight games.
This month alone he’s batting .347 through 21 games.
Are we talking about the Cubs’ starting second baseman for 2010?
Jeff Baker smells blood.
With the Cubs’ second base position wide open next year, Baker is making the most of his starting opportunities.
Since joining Chicago July 2nd, he’s batting .330 with 13 RBI, 10 doubles, three home runs and a triple.
His batting average also ranks in the top five among players traded with their current team.
It’s a small sample size, 45 games with the Cubs, but he’s now the front runner to become the Opening Day starter next year.