Cubs should be able to weather Soriano-less storm

Cubs should be able to weather Soriano-less storm

Posted by Bruce on Thu, 06/12/2008 - 12:16
Now comes the test. The Cubs will be without leadoff man and left fielder Alfonso Soriano for six weeks, give or take, as he recovers from the broken bone in his left hand, suffered in last night's game. Based on recent history, the Cubs should be OK. When Soriano was on the DL in late April because of a right-calf strain, the Cubs went 9-5, outscoring their opponents by an astonishing 103-55. Included were back-to-back 13-run games on April 19 and 20, 7-1 and 8-1 victories over the Mets and a 19-5 victory over the Brewers on April 30. The Cubs used three leadoff men in Soriano's absence: Mike Fontenot went 2-for-14 in three games. Eric Patterson (whom the Cubs recalled today along with Micah Hoffpauir) was 0-for-4 in one game. Reed Johnson was 9-for-41 with 10 runs scored, 3 RBI, 4 walks and 6 strikeouts in 10 games. The unfortunate part of it all for the Cubs is that Soriano had begun to come around, both at the plate and in the field. Now, it'll be up to Derrek Lee, Aramis Ramirez, Geovany Soto and Kosuke Fukudome to provide the pop while Ryan Theriot and Johnson will have to keep getting on base. My buddy Will Carroll over at Baseball Prospectus noted that "Cubs fans seem panicked about losing a player they've criticized most of the season, one who they've already played without for a bit." Carroll, who does his acclaimed "Under the Knife" column for BP, pointed out that with the injury being near the ring finger, Soriano's swing shouldn't be as negatively affected as if he had endured an injury on another part of the hand. Carroll also pointed out that the healing process may be speeded up by "modern technologies like bone stimulators." So while there is cause for concern, there's no reason for panic.
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