Lots of stuff to cover on the night blog. Hope you caught our minor-league blog of early today. Thanks for all the good discussion there.
Yes, Koyie Hill is catching again. That’s been the subject of a lot of discussion on our blog, on the Boers and Bernstein show today and at other sites. I asked Lou about it in the pregame.
“We’re going to face two left-handers tomorrow and the next day, so Soto will be there,” Lou said. “We’re going to face a couple left-handers over the weekend against the Angels. We’re just trying to win baseball games right now. Hill’s been swinging the bat OK. He does a nice job behind (the plate). Actually, both catchers have done a nice job behind the plate. But I don’t know. We can go either way with that. Tonight, Hill’s catching because we won the other night. This is basically the same lineup that played the other night. We played a good ballgame. So we’re sticking with that, not changing it.”
That’s not really an illuminating answer. For the year, here are the hitting lines:
Soto: 266/.407/.453 with 7 homers and 33 walks
Hill: .232/.264/.290 with no homers and 3 walks
The lines for June
Soto: .313/.389/.750 for an OPS of 1.139
Hill: .261/.292/.348 for an OPS of .640
John Grabow came off the DL today with the Cubs sending Mitch Atkins back to Iowa.
Kosuke Fukudome’s hitting coach, Kyosuke Sasaki, is in from Japan.
“It’s the right time,” Lou said. “We’re giving Fuke a little time off. He’s been struggling a little bit. With the hitting coach coming in, we’ll give him a chance to work a few days with him. It gives me a chance to play Colvin a little bit, too. We’ll see what happens here over the next few days.”
Lou said he doesn’t have many leadoff options, and that’s why Theriot is out there, even with this line: .289/.321/.317. Theriot’s wOBA (weighted on-base) is only .295, and his isolated power is a minuscule .028. It was .085 last year, thanks to that little power surge, and .052 in 2008.
With nothing left to lose this season, I’ll stand by my suggestion to move Soriano back to the leadoff spot and see if he can spark you.
Raining here and tarp is on the field at 5:40, so we’ll see. Enjoy.