On the week Alfonso Soriano broke his hand, bringing up Eric Patterson and Micah Hoffpauir, every major piece of the Cubs offense (that never wore an LSU uniform) had a good week. Jim Edmonds won last week's MVP vote 37% to Carlos Zambrano's 16%. Edmonds has a shot to repeat this week, but this could also be the closest vote yet. Derrek Lee, Geovany Soto, and Kosuke Fukudome all broke out of their slumps.
R. Theriot 20 PA, .158/.200/.211, 1 R, 2 RBI, 16 Out
D. Lee 28 PA, .318/.429/.591, 4 R, 2 RBI, 16 Outs (DP, SF)
M. DeRosa 26 PA, .375/.423/.500, 3 R, 4 RBI, 16 Outs (DP)
K. Fukudome 27 PA, .286/.444/.429, 5 R, 4 RBI, 15 Outs (SB)
A. Ramirez 28 PA, .348/.464/.391, 7 R, 2 RBI, 15 Outs
G. Soto 22 PA, .333/.364/.476, 2 R, 3 RBI, 14 Outs
J. Edmonds 20 PA, .353/.400/.588, 1 R, 6 RBI, 12 Outs (DP, SF)
R. Johnson 11 PA, .222/.273/.556, 1 R, 6 RBI, 8 Outs (SF)
E. Patterson 8 PA, .250/.250/.250, 0 R, 1 RBI, 7 Outs (DP)
R. Cedeno 10 PA, .200/.200/.200, 1 R, 0 RBI, 7 Outs
M. Fontenot 10 PA, .222/.300/.222, 2 R, 0 RBI, 7 Outs
A. Soriano 12 PA, .333/.500/.444, 3 R, 0 RBI, 7 Outs (CS)
H. Blanco 5 PA, .200/.200/.200, 1 R, 0 RBI, 4 Outs
M. Hoffpauir 4 PA, .000/.250/.000, 0 R, 0 RBI, 3 Outs (3 SO)
One of the best things Reed Johnson does offensively is get hit by a pitch. He showed us this memorably with a bases-loaded, game-winning plunkage. One of the things he does worst offensively is hit right-handed pitching. He countered that by hitting a game-winning HR off of one of the best right-handers in the game: Roy Halladay. Nice week, Reed!
Mark DeRosa is not having the best year defensively, but his hitting has been magnificent. Over the past 30 days Mark DeRosa posted a HR total (5) and a SLG percentage (.560) second on the team in both cases only to Alfonso Soriano. That means that our two best power hitters were batting 1st and 8th.
Our 3rd and 4th best power hitters (by SLG & w/ over 25 PA) over the same 30-day time period will also surprise you, I'd imagine. They are Jim Edmonds and Reed Johnson.
Micah Hoffpauir would jump on to that list between Edmonds and Johnson if you counted every Cubs hitter and ignored the 24 PA sample size. After striking out 3 times in 4 plate appearances batting 2nd this week, Hoffpauir has to hope his overall line of .364/.417/.500 keeps getting him some chances. The irony is that when Micah put up the good showing the first time he was auditioning for a possible RF job. Now he's looking at a LF opening.