Soriano Starting To Hit, Cubs In 1st Place
And it’s about time. I wish someone would have asked Soriano about what adjustments he made or what he did differently to snap out of it. Were there any? From the Trib:
Alfonso Soriano always has been a streaky hitter, but he never has experienced as many highs and lows as this year.
“I remember with the Yankees and Texas, I was also [streaky],” he said. “But what’s happened this season never happened to me before. I’ve cooled off for two to three weeks before, but never for a month and a half. That’s the first time in my life.”
Soriano went 2-for-4 on Sunday with an RBI double in the third, improving to .444 since the All-Star break. He has raised his average from .233 to .253.
Maybe with Ramirez back the answer to my question is “less pressure”. We can talk about Ramirez’ injury and all the others, but imagine if Bradley and Soriano had hit this whole time. How many more wins would the Cubs have? Both have OPS averages in the mid-700s. Bradley isn’t even slugging .400, which is just mind-blowing to me.
But that Cubs optimism has to seep through, right? Even with everything that has happened the Cubs are in 1st. They end this homestand with 4 against Houston, but then it’s a tough 10-game road trip.Cubs are just 21-27 away from Wrigley Field.
I’m still not as enthused as I would like to be about their postseason chances, but they are playing much better.