Call-ups play into Lou’s hot hand

Lou Piniella has proven masterful at pulling the right strings in his tenure as Cubs skipper. With the added bodies, Lou has more options for pinch hitting, spot starts and some creative double-switches. Dusty could never figure out how to double-switch, but Lou usually seems to make the right calls.

The first round of September call-ups are Micah Hoffpauir, Koyie Hill, Michael Wuertz and Casey McGehee. With miraculous timing, both Jon Leiber and Angel Guzman are also ready for activation from the DL. With Iowa in the minor league playoffs, Felix Pie and Rich Hill will likely join the big club once their season concludes.

Check out this update from’ Carrie Muskat:

Hoffpauir’s stats at Iowa have had fans clamoring for his return. The left-handed-hitting first baseman/outfielder batted .387 in August with 12 home runs, 10 doubles and 39 RBIs. Since the All-Star break, he was hitting .366 with a .796 slugging percentage. For the season, Hoffpauir has a .362 average, with career highs of 25 homers, 34 doubles, and 100 RBIs.

These guys will help, and I have confidence Lou will plug them in just the right holes.

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    September 1, 2008   Posted in: lineup, Lou Piniella, players, roster

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