Cubs Hits Of The Week (5/12 Through 5/18)
The five hits that did the most to enhance the Cubs' chance of winning during a week that can only be described as Sorianolicious, as measured by FanGraphs' Win Probability Added (WPA):
#5 Big Hit: Wednesday, v. the Padres, 7th inning — The Cubs had knocked Jake Peavy from the game and taken a 4-0 lead before the Padres drew to within a run, thanks to a 3-spot in the top of the fifth. Geovany Soto then smashed a Wil Ledezma pitch for a two-run homer to give the Cubs some breathing room. WPA .143
#4 Big Hit: Wednesday, v. the Padres, 2nd inning — After connecting for a lead-off homer in the bottom of the first, Alfonso Soriano (you're going to be seeing that name a lot on this list) strokes a two-out, two-run single against Peavy that puts the Cubs up 3-0. WPA .153
#3 Big Hit: Saturday, v. the Pirates, 2nd inning — The second hit in Soriano's five-hit afternoon was this RBI single that scored Mark DeRosa and, after Jason Bay misplayed the ball, Reed Johnson came home as well, putting the Cubs up, 3-1. WPA .190
#2 Big Hit: Monday, v. the Padres, 5th inning — Fonsie belts a two-run homer off of Randy Wolf to get the Cubs in front, 3-2, on the way to a 12-3 victory. WPA .199
#1 Big Hit: Saturday, v. the Pirates, 7th inning — Soriano contributes his 4th hit and second home run of the afternoon at the expense of Tyler Yates, a rocket into the leftfield bleachers that leaves the Cubs and Pirates tied at 5-5. WPA .232
Between Monday, 5/12 and Sunday, 5/18, Soriano went 16-for-31 with 7 HR and 14 RBI.
Everyone on the Cubs Hits Of The Week staff would like to officially register their awe.
Gordo's lede today:
ST. LOUIS – Whether it’s a year early or right on time, Jon Lester’s $155 million moment arrives just after 5:45 p.m. Friday.
*checks pulse again*
Who are you? Andy Rooney?
Colbert has our backs
K-DUB: I get a chance to see the other MLB clubs Player Development operations out here and I have talked to scouts and other baseball people about it, and I can tell you that the Cubs Player Development program has gone from being almost a joke to one of THE best.
how did ej martinez go from asking for $10m, to supposedly mulling over $7m offers, to eventually signing for $3m?
...and what happened with him and the giants a few days ago?
Its not official until AZ Phil adds him to the Cubs Depth Chart!
Just freakin love it!
From Keith Law:
This from a Kiley McDaniel chat a couple weeks ago...
"Comment From Wrenzie
Who has more ceiling between Yusniel Diaz or Eddy Julio Martinez?
Kiley McDaniel: Martinez. I have Eddy (20 years old) as a 65 runner with a 55 arm and 50 raw power that profiles as an everyday CF that could be above average depending on if the bat is a 45 or a 55. I have Yusniel (19) as a 60 runner with a 55 arm and 40 raw power that can be an everyday guy if he hits enough (50 or 55)."
"Per Jesse Sanchez at mlb.com, Cubs reportedly have signed 20-year old Cuban OF Eddy Julio Martinez for $3M bonus.
Arizona Phil 7 hours 23 min ago"
it's day old news, and it's got nothing to do with the cubs, but ichiro signed a $2m deal with MIA (with a $2m option for 2017).
neat. 41 years old and damn close to 3000 hits.
also, rain delays suck.
take that giants
I think that if a team objects to the 1-game wildcard playin game so much, they could just win the pennant and avoid themselves the trouble.
Per Jesse Sanchez at mlb.com, Cubs reportedly have signed 20-year old Cuban OF Eddy Julio Martinez for $3M bonus.
BLOCK: Of course any advantage is an advantage. An MLB, NBA, or NHL team getting the extra game at home in a seven game series is an advantage, I just don't think it is enough of an advantage for winning a division and/or having the best record in a conference or league over the course of an 82-game season (NBA and NHL) or 162 game series (MLB).