Mediocre in the Middle

July has been an uninspired month for Cubs hitters.  With Alfonso Soriano out for the past six weeks, the team picked him up big-time going into the All Star break as the league’s leading offense. But over the past couple weeks, the 2, 3, 4, 5 hitters have been struggling to say the least.

  • Kosuke Fukudome: batting a flat .200 in the past 30 days, but his numbers have declined each month of the season
  • Derrek Lee: batting .250 in his last 10 games, but only has 2 home runs since June 1st
  • Aramis Ramirez: batting .190 with 32 k’s in the past 30 days
  • Geovany Soto: batting .189 in his last 10 games

That the Cubs are still in first place by a couple games (going into today’s action) is nearly a miracle the way the team has been floundering. 

Lack of run support has got to be just a killer for a pitcher’s morale. Take Rich Harden for example, in his Cubs debut, he leaves the game with 10k’s and a 7-0 lead only for the bullpen to blow the lead for him.  Then yesterday he goes another seven innings of 1-hit (albeit a homer), 10k baseball and gets tagged with a loss. 

Soriano is due back any day now, so maybe that will give this lineup a boost.  Something to build on. His presence may help to take some pressure off these guys and get back to takin’ care of business like we know they can.

Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez of the Cubs

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    July 22, 2008   Posted in: lineup, observations, players, stats

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