Streaking/Slumping: DeJesus gets it done
May, 29, 2012
By Bruce Levine | ESPNChicago.com
Jerry Lai/US PresswireAfter a slow start, Alfonso Soriano seems to be rediscovering his power.
Alfonso Soriano, left field: This much maligned veteran has played some very good baseball while dealing with a sore left knee all season. Soriano was 8 for 26 in his last eight games with a double and four home runs. While the fan base clamors for the team to trade the outfielder or release him, Soriano continues to play through it all with class and a smile on his face. He is second on the club in home runs (7) and RBIs (28)
David DeJesus, right field: DeJesus continues to be the team’s most consistent player on both offense and defense. Over the past week (from Monday to Monday) he was 7-for-20 with a double, triple and 3 RBIs. The most important number was 12 walks over those 7 games and an on=-base percentage of .450. DeJesus is the best defensive right fielder the Cubs have had since Andre Dawson was roaming the outfield for them two decades ago.
Bryan LaHair, first base: The best story of the early season took a bad turn for the Cubs and the 29--year-old first baseman over the past week. Until a breakout 3 hit game on Monday, he was just 2-for-25 with no home runs and just 1 RBI over his previous 10 games. LaHair has begun to take fly balls in case the team wants to use Soriano as a DH during interleague play or bring up Anthony Rizzo at the end of June.
Tony Campana, outfield: One of the fastest runners in baseball has been regulated back to being a bench player. Campana has just three hits in his last 18 at-bats with an alarming seven strikeouts. Dale Sveum will play Campana only if he puts the ball in play. Due to the team’s lack of run production during its recent 12 game losing streak, the Cubs could not even use the speedy outfielder in late-game situations as a pinch runner.