5/27/08 Notes

*  This homestand was just great.  At the beginning of the homestand, the Cubs were 2 games behind the Cardinals.  After going 8-2, the Cubbies are now 2 games up.  The most remarkable aspect of this homestand was     Alfonso Soriano.  In those 10 games, Soriano batted .525 with 7 HR and 16 RBI’s.  So it’s no surprise that he was named the NL Player of the Week.

*  So the Cubs leave the Friendly Confines and head South to play the Astros.  The Astros are 12-4 in May.  They typically don’t play this well until their annual August/September surge.  I never speak too optimistically about the Cubs, but I feel like the Cubs are going to go into Houston and expose these guys as pretenders.  If the Cubs lose this series, I will never publicly speak optimistically about the Cubs again. 

*  Jim Edmonds will most likely start all three games in Houston, as the Cubs will face three lefties.  This means they avoid Roy Oswalt.  I am real interested in what Edmonds can do for the Cubs with some consistent playing time. 

Daryle Ward was placed on the DL and Micah Hoffpauir was brought up from Triple A Iowa.  Hoffpauir had a great Spring Training, but sat out the first month of the season with an injury.  In 9 games, he is batting .324 with 3 HR and 12 RBI’s.  He made an appearance in yesterdays game and was struckout.  Hoffpauir is no spring chicken.  He’s 28 years old and has been plagued with injuries.  Perhaps the Cubs are showcasing him for a potential trade.   I’m not sure there’s much guaranteed playing time for a first baseman with a team that has Derek Lee.

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