School's out, and June's no picnic

School's out, and June's no picnic

Posted by Bruce on Mon, 06/01/2009 - 16:32
Lou was breathing a sigh of relief yesterday that his Cubs got out of May with a record of 15-13. Seems a lot worse, doesn't it? Things don't figure to get easier. Tomorrow, the Cubs embark on a three-city road trip to Atlanta, Cincinnati and Houston. Then things get really interesting. The next homestand features games against the American League's Twins, White Sox and Indians. Then, the Cubs get to go to Detroit and face the Tigers, who lead the AL Central. Then it's back to Chicago for three at the Cell against the Sox before the Cubs head to Pittsburgh. The Cubs don't face a National League opponent at Wrigley Field until the Brewers come to town July 2. In another scheduling oddity, the Cubs have only one home night game in all of June. That's the Tuesday, June 16 series opener against the Sox. Clark Street will be a lot of fun that night, don't you think? A little later today, I hope to have posted tomorrow's newspaper story. I took a look at Lou's optimistic comments of yesterday about the rising batting averages going to make everything all right for the Cubs. Well, some of them are rising, but the water level is still pretty low. Here are a couple of not-so-great stats from Lou's two week-period that he referenced: --Soriano has exactly no homers and no RBI in the last two weeks. Zero. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Maybe Lou can sit Sori and his sore knee tomorrow and find a way to get keep Reed Johnson and his six-game hitting streak (10-for-22) in the lineup. But I bet it doesn't happen. --D-Lee has 1 homer and 1 RBI in the last two weeks. Lou is rightly worried about Soto's throwing. The Dodgers stole two bases last night, and Soto is 6-for-32 in that department. His OBP is slowly rising, but the .272 slugging percentage and 1 homer for the season are big reasons to worry.
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