The Cubs traded Derrek Lee to the Atlanta Braves in mid-August and Lee is still fortunate enough to be playing baseball in October, something he never got to do during his last 2 seasons with the Cubs on the North Side.
Lee finished the 2010 season with a .260 batting average, 19 HR’s, 80 RBI’s and 80 runs scored. In 39 games with the Braves, Lee hit .287 with 3 HR’s and 24 RBI’s. His .384 on-base percentage with the Braves was well above his career .367 average.
The post-season, however, is not going so well for Lee or his new club. Lee went 0 for 4 in Game 1 with 3 K’s and o for 3 in Game 3 with 1 K and 1 walk, both Braves losses. He did have 2 hits and 2 runs scored in the Braves 5-4 win in Game 2. But the major focus of the series has been on Brooks Conrad’s disastrous 9th inning of Game 3. Conrad – filling in at 3rd base because of injuries to Chipper Jones and Martin Prado – committed 3 errors allowing the Giants to score 2 runs to win the game 3-2.
Lee looks to get the offense on track in Game 4 tonight in Atlanta. Come on, Derrek, we’d love to see you in the NLCS!