SORIANO NOT POSTSEASON HERO
In an earlier comment here on Zoner Sports, valued reader dhaab (we think the d is for disagreement) mentioned that he thought Alfonso Soriano should receive some MVP votes. He said that Soriano “was the straw that stirred the Cubs drink this year.” I beg to differ.
Soriano will get some votes, but he should not even sniff any first place votes. His OPS is only .875 and that’s after a torrid Septemeber. He had a brutal April. He turned it on here in the last month or so, but we sure didn’t get 18 million worth or whatever he gets paid. His numbers are down across the board. I contend that Ramirez deserves more votes than Soriano.
Of course, if they make the postseason and Soriano comes up big then obviously he would be worth his salary. But his postseason numbers are terrible.
Soriano has participated in 3 postseasons with the Yankees. He has just 4 homers in 146 at-bats. He has struck out 45 times while walking only 8. His career postseason averages look like a backup catcher’s: .233/.287/.336. A grand total OPS of .623 in 38 games. Might it be because he can get away with hacking on lesser pitchers throughout the season but not against the cream of the crop? It might.
The Cubs have to get to the postseason first for Soriano to be hero, goat or other. And that’s certainly not a done deal yet.