Cubs Hits Of The Week (4/28 Through 5/4)

The five hits that did the most to enhance the Cubs' chance of winning during the past. not terribly successful week against the teams we'll have to beat if we want to take the division, as measured by FanGraphs' Win Probability Added (WPA):

#5 Big Hit: Tuesday, v. the Brewers, 7th inning — The opener of the Cubs' three-game series with the Brewers is getting out of hand when Mike Fontenot hits a two-out, bases-clearing double that brings the home team to within two runs at 9-7. WPA .133

#4 Big Hit: Sunday, v. the Cardinals, 2nd inning — Reed Johnson gets the Cubs on the board against Todd Wellemeyer by doubling home Geovany Soto, moving Fontenot to third, and setting the Cubs up for a monster inning...that never materializes. WPA .134


#3 Big Hit:
Thursday, v. the Brewers, 9th inning — Moments after seeing his team's closer (and I use the word loosely) cough up a 3-1 lead, Ronny Cedeno leads off the last of the ninth by working Eric Gagne for a walk, and with the power-hitting Soto due up, the stage is set for a dramatic resolution. Unfortunately, Soto, who strikes out, and Felix Pie, who raps into a game-ending DP, didn't read the script. WPA .135


#2 Big Hit:
Saturday, v. the Cardinals, 4th inning — The Cubs are already leading 1-0 when Soto steps in against Kyle Lohse with the bases loaded, cracks a ground-rule double to extend the Chicago lead to 3-0, and reminds us once again how positively swell it is to have a catcher who can rake. WPA .145


#1 Big Hit:
Friday, v. the Cardinals, 9th inning — With a certain segment of the Cub-loving population already planning their "We have to trade Alfonso Soriano!" phone calls to the local sportstalk radio stations, Fonzie does all he can do to make everyone forget what a truly horrific night he was having by sending a laser beam over the leftfield fence and bringing the Cubs even with the Cardinals at 3-3. (We should have just gone into a prevent defense after that and settled for a tie.) WPA .342

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And...

http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=185212

Cedeno shagging flyballs in center again, Pie on the hot seat.

sure Reed Johnson has been swell and all, I mean, by all means we must get this guy in the lineup everyday:

vs righties: 279/324/328
vs lefties: 273/415/303

that's a 677 OPS overall (78 OPS+). Meh...

I see that link is 3/44 and in another thread..sorry.

Cedeno is outhitting Pie so far. I'm not saying that will necessarily last, but if Lou is willing to bench Pie based on poor approach and poor results in a limited number of ABs, why shouldn't he be willing to play Cedeno based on good approach and good results in a limited number of ABs?

I'm not sure we have any center fielders who are going to hit well enough to justify a starting role, but Cedeno (if they think he can play center) and Johnson are closer than Pie at this point. I still think (hope) Pie will hit, eventually.

if Cedeno can handle CF and keeps hitting, great. I doubt that.

my point was that Reed Johnson isn't very good and the more he plays, the more he'll be exposed for being not very good at anything but taking pitches.

He's fine on the short-side of a platoon, start playing him vs. righties and it's gonna get ugly quick.

On the other hand, it'll give Hendry a position to look for so he can justify his cellphone bill.  

How long until Kfuk gets a look in Center?

How long until Kfuk gets a look in Center?

As soon as we trade for Brian Roberts and can move DeRosa to RF.

 

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Harrison Ford is a great actor for action pictures, but my God he made need some help against your Chicago Cubs.

Check May 22nd on Cubs schedule on cubs.com-

http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/schedule/index.jsp?c_i...

I guess he didn't want to face Dbacks, for obivous reasons.

Shorty will be in the bullpen to pitch relief.

"Okay, DR JONES!!!"

Way off topic but -- I like the Cubs position right now.

Cubs are currently on pace for 94 wins. They have had a mini-season already -- a very hot streak, their current funk, injuries to key players, soem players hot, some cold, etc. Pretty indicative of how the season could play out.

The Cards have the bigest positive diffential in home vs. away games -- 21 at home (14-7) vs. only 11 on the road (6-5). Hopefully, the road will jump up and bite them a bit.

Brewers have taken a big hit with Gallardo, and Gagne looks shaky.

All in all -- I like where we are.

However -- we better win a few in Cincy -- the big bad D-Backs will be tough this weekend.

It's just so frustrating to see them smack a team around for one game and then be so listless for the other two.

When they were down 4-2 against the Cards, I had that same old feeling, "Welp, this game's lost," even though it was only the 4th.

When they're firing on all cylinders, they kick ass. But when they're lethargic, they're real lethargic.

well we could use a CFer...

:)

I'd trade a PTBNL for 25% of what's remaining on his contract. Especially since we are already on the hook for 40% of it as is.

If you're not wiling to give Pie a shot, then a year of JJ at a reduced salary could be worthwhile, especially if you platoon him with Johnson. They'd give us league average defense and acceptable offense from center field. I'd rather put Fukie in CF and use Murt in RF, but Murt can't seem to find his bat and they aren't willing to put Fukudome in center, so that wish will go unfulfilled. I'd much rather send a PTBNL for Jones than send Marshall, Gallagher and bunches of other guys to the Orioles for Roberts. We're going to need at least one of Gally and Marshall, maybe both. Cedeno is starting to look like our best option at SS, so I wouldn't send him over in a Roberts trade either.

Is that another Hendry Acquisition nobody wants?

Izturis, Barret, Jacque, Marquis

Woo... the racist is back!

Seems like there is a pretty good team a little south of Chicago that wants Izturis, and is doing fine with him.

If you really think Barrett was a bad signing, I am not sure what to tell you.

Jacque was a lot better than many people thought during his 2 years in Chicago.

Marquis is valuable pitcher in his role - a #5.

And sure... ignore: Fukudome, Soriano, Lee, ARam, DeRosa, Lieber, etc.

Even if the Cubs wanted him back, not sure he'd come - too many bad vibes in the past.

platoon Cfer with Reed Johnson. Worth a flyer for the minimal cost. IMHO

Cubnut, since the team has only won one game in each of the last series, did you think of doing Opponent's big hits of the week?

There were plenty more of those.

I haven't considered it. It would be like reliving a series of root canals.

Actually a good idea.

Why in the world would we want to waste a roster spot on Jacque Jones who was hitting .165?? If we are going to take a pure flyer on someone, there are a ton of other free agents out there that would be better choices.

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