Sam Fuld makes it easy on Lou

Sam Fuld

Sam Fuld

Yet another Cubs farm hand has been promoted to the big club, and making an impact.  When Lou Piniella finally sat star outfielder Alfonso Soriano yesterday, it was rookie Sam Fuld that call the call to play left field. He made things easy on Lou by going 2 for 4 with a double and a walk, as well as some very solid defensive play. He gunned down Pirate Jack Wilson at home with a great throw and made a nice sliding catch as well. I think his performace earned him another game out in left, and more importantly, another game on the bench for Soriano.

So far this season, we have seen the Phillies bench 2007 league MVP Jimmy Rollins for slumping, as well as Jim Leyland sitting perennial offensive stud Magglio Ordonez for performance reasons. Until yesterday, Lou has been running Soriano out there day in and day out with his .230 batting average and equally crippling for a leadoff hitter, his .296 on-base percentage.  Finally though, Lou sat Sori yesterday in favor of little Sam Fuld. The rookie came through big time in yesterday’s win, so Lou should have no trouble at all sitting Soriano one more day to let him think about his horrible couple months at the plate.

If Lou needs any more reason, maybe he should look at Soriano’s lifetime numbers against today’s starter for the Brewers, Seth McClung.  He’s 1 for 15 lifetime (.067 average) against this guy.  Lou, give Soriano another day off – please!

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    July 2, 2009  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: game day, game recap, lineup, Lou Piniella, players, stats

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