Just a few general comments on the Cubs OF
First off, Milton Bradley. He's struggled, we all know that, but he definitely picked things up in May, and if health permits, I still see him being a great addition to the Cubs. However, one thing stands out to me when I look at the numbers: he has a .303/.378/.485 line from the right side and a .186/.320/.349 line from the left side. Over his career, he has a 303/.387/.503 line from the right side and a .267/.361/.434 line from the left side. So he's clearly a better hitter from the right side; would he be better off hitting there permanently? Maybe it's a crazy idea spawned from Zambrano's HR the other day, but I'm throwing it out there.
Now Fukudome. Personally, I think this was a terrible signing right from the get-go. Giving a $48 million contract to a guy on the wrong side of 30 who's projected to hit fewer than 20 HRs a year is not a good deal in my opinion. That said, now that he is here, I'm pulling for him. However, he is definitely showing signs of slipping. His numbers this year: .338 in April, .277 in May, .214 in June. For comparison, in 2008, he hit .305 in April, .293 in May, and .264 in June. Now this year, he obviously got off to a tremendous start and wasn't gonna keep it up forever, and the June stats are a very small sample size, but given his track record, I'm worried.
I'm not gonna cover Soriano, because there was just a post on him, but his struggles have been well documented. Bottom line, all three Cub OFs have been underachieving lately, and we can't afford that with Ramirez out. Also, considering all three of them have big contracts with multiple years left, we may have a big problem if these guys don't right the ship.