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Cubs Adjust Roster After Breaking Losing Streak

Posted on: May 27, 2009 3:46 pm
Edited on: May 27, 2009 3:52 pm
During the recent six-game road trip, on which the Chicago Cubs scored a whopping five runs, fans began to get restless. Glogs and threads were filled with questions from supporters of the Northside squad.

"Why isn't Micah Hoffpauir starting over Derrek Lee?"

"What the heck happened to Mike Fontenot's bat?"

"When are they going to bring up Jake Fox to give the offense a spark?"

Hey, I've been with you guys. I never understood the Milton Bradley signing. GM Jim Hendry said he wanted a power left-handed bat so that's why he got Bradley. I didn't realize that Hoffpauir was a contact hitter. With both Bradley and Lee both struggling at the plate, the calls for more Hoffpauir have gotten all the louder.

At one point during the road trip, Fontenot had two hits in forty at-bats after a pretty solid start to the season.

Jake Fox is a power hitter from AAA Iowa that is making a mockery out of minor league pitching staffs from all over the league. His name became more popular during the eight game losing streak.

So what changed?

Well, Lee got sick and Hoffpauir started at first in the first two games of the Pittsburgh series. The Hoff (can I call him The Hoff?) ended up going 2-3 with two RBIs in yesterday's rain-shortened win.

Fontenot took advantage of some deserved rest and also went 2-3 in the win.

And then we come to Jake Fox. Fox is the guy that hardcore fans have been drooling over for a couple of years now. This kid was easily the best hitter in the Pacific Coast League with a .423 average and 50 RBIs on 17 HRs in only 40 games. That's right.. forty.

Now Fox is in Chicago, and rumors are that the Cubs want him to play out of his natural positions (1B and OF) and take Aramis Ramirez's spot at third. With that bat, he sounds perfect.

In addition to Fox, middle infielder Andres Blanco and reliever Jason Waddell also joined the big leagues today.

To make room for those moves, the Cubs placed Aaron Miles on the DL and sent Bobby Scales and Neal Cotts to AAA Iowa.

Category: MLB
Tags: Chicago Cubs

Since: Mar 6, 2007
Posted on: May 29, 2009 12:32 pm

Cubs Adjust Roster After Breaking Losing Streak

I'm with you mlathrop. But keep Cedeno, we already tried him seventy different times.

Since: May 8, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2009 5:12 pm

Cubs Adjust Roster After Breaking Losing Streak

Piniella is worried about defense with Fox? Ok, I'm a Mariner's fan, please trade Adrian Beltre for Jake Fox! Adrian plays awesome defense and can't hit a lick, you can have him. We'll take your DH off your hands (you can have Ronny Cedeno too).

Since: May 13, 2009
Posted on: May 28, 2009 4:13 pm

Cubs Adjust Roster After Breaking Losing Streak

Lets not kid ourselves here, Im on board with the call up of Fox etc... but lets get back to some issues!  Fox is not going to help the bullpen and Fox is not going to start when Big Z gets suspended for his retarded actions yesterday?  With this club it will start and end with pitching.  Oakland warned us and its started, Harden was listed to miss 1 start and now im hearing rumblings of mid to late June. Somehow we are only 4 games tardy, and the bats will show up.  LATROY(STILL)SUCKS!!!

Since: Mar 6, 2007
Posted on: May 27, 2009 5:26 pm

Cubs Adjust Roster After Breaking Losing Streak

Well he's 1-1 with a double after the game today, and that was after falling behind in the count early. I'm guessing he'll stick around at least until Aramis Ramirez comes back.

Since: May 8, 2009
Posted on: May 27, 2009 4:08 pm

Cubs Adjust Roster After Breaking Losing Streak

Being a fantasy geek, the thought of 17 HR's in 40 games is kin to having Albert Pujols tell you he is your long lost cousin. That is regardless of batting average, which Fox is covering as well. It sounds as if they need to get this bat in the lineup, and fast. Maybe he can teach Soto a thing or two and finally get him out of the funk he has been in all year.

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