Not sure if you caught onto the theme for this week. Although the facts that I’m providing are pretty damn interesting, they are also pretty “sad” if you’re a Cubs fan. Seeing as how the Cubs have dropped 7 of their last 8 games, I figured this would be a good theme for the week for a “sad” Cubs team.
Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez have been killing the Cubs with limited offensive output in the middle of the lineup. With 5 starters hitting over .300 – Kosuke Fukudome, Ryan Theriot, Alfonso Soriano, Geovany Soto and now Starlin Castro – it is amazing that this team has not won more games. Then you look at Lee’s and Ramirez’s horrid numbers and you can see why the Cubs have struggled so much early in the season. When you don’t get consistent production out of your #3 and # 4 hitters, your not going to win a lot of games.
Derrek Lee — .220 batting average with a .333 on-base percentage. Lee only has 28 hits in 127 at-bats and he only has 4 doubles and 4 home runs with 16 RBI’s. Throw in 28 K’s and it has been a horrible start to the season for Lee. Since April 16th, he has hit only 1 home run.
Aramis Ramirez — .159 batting average with a .227 on-base percentage. Ouch! If you thought Lee’s numbers were bad, check out these stats – Ramirez only has 20 hits in 126 at-bats and he only has 3 doubles and 3 home runs with 15 RBI’s. Throw in 31 K’s and it has been an even worse start for Ramirez than Lee. Ramirez’s last homer came on tax day – April 15th.
Manager Lou Pinella has tried to juggle things around, moving Lee down to 4 and Ramirez down to 5th and 6th in the order. But nothing seems to be working for either player. Let’s hope things turn around soon. The Cubs have the 2nd to worst record in the National League (at 14-20) and they already trail the 1st place Cardinals by 6 1/2 games in the NL Central race. I know it’s only May 12th, but things can get out of hand pretty quickly – you’d hate to be 10+ games out of 1st place by the end of May, so unless Lee and Ramirez both turn it around, it looks like that’s the direction this team is headed in in 2010.