#1 hot – 3,4,5 not

Alfonso Soriano’s recent tear is well documented; he’s 24 for 50 (.480 BA) over the past 2 weeks, with 7 HRs, 5 doubles, 16 RBIs, and a .491 on-base pct.  He has clearly been carrying a Cubs team that went 8-2 on the homestand, one of the best in years.

The middle of the order, however, has been quiet.  Very, very quiet. The 3, 4, 5 hitters have gone a collective 15 for 75 over the past 7 days with no HRs and just 8 RBIs. This needs to change if we’re going to put up a fight against a red-hot Houston club.  Here are the low-lights of the past 14 days for the heart of our batting order:

  • Derrek Lee: 9 H, 53 ABs, 2 HRs, 6 RBI, .170 BA, .321 slugging, .200 on-base
  • Aramis Ramirez: 17 H, 41 ABs, 0 HRs, 5 RBI, .268 BA, .341 slugging, .375 on-base
  • Kosuke Fukudome: 10 H, 42 ABs, 1 HR, 4 RBI, .238 BA, .333 slugging, .693 on-base
  • Alfonso Soriano: 24 H, 50 ABs, 7 HRs, 16 RBI, .480 BA, 1.000 slugging, .491 on-base

Not a good sign when the lead-off hitter has more runs batted in than the middle 3 hitters do – over a 2 week period. C’mon guys, more Wheaties!

Soriano post-HR high-5

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    May 19, 2008   Posted in: stats

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