If I were to tell you the player Lee’s hitting most resembles this Spring is Ichiro, you’d probably be thrilled.
That is of course, unless you knew what I know.
Ichiro is a horrifying 0-for-21 this Spring.
And Lee hasn’t fared much better.
I know its only Spring Training and everyone is dusting off the cobwebs and finding their groove but its not like we just started. We’re 3 weeks away from Opening Day. Against the Brewers. I’d hate to see Lee put up another oh-fer like he did today when it actually counts. Overall this Spring, Lee is hitting .125. He’s 3-for-24, 3 hits, 0 HR and 7 K’s. His slugging % is a pathetic .167. Most people would focus on the part that its only Spring Training. I get that and agree…thankfully, right now these games don’t count. However, another way to look at it is: ITS ONLY SPRING TRAINING. Translation: SOME OF LEE’S AT-BATS HAVE BEEN AGAINST SCRUB PITCHERS. HOW IS IT THEN THAT HIS BATTING AVG IS STILL ONLY .125?
That probably didn’t deserve all caps, but once I got going, I actually enjoyed it.
That’s the same thing Ichiro is saying about his streak. Hopefully its not another thing they have in common.
And while we’re in worry mode here…how about Soriano’s legs? Caught stealing today. He’s been on base 6 times and this was his only attempt. I’m glad they’re not pushing him too hard too soon. It should be interesting to see if they run him more as Spring goes on and what kind of success he has leading into the regular season.
Zambrano on the other hand: no worries. Zambrano killed it again today with a SOLID 4 innings giving up 4 hits (a home run in the second inning) and picking up 3 more K’s. His overall ERA for the Spring is at 1.00. With all that’s still up in the air about our rotation, its great to see our ace is already bringing his ‘A’ game. As for our closer candidates…Marmol continues to impress and I have to believe the role is his to lose with Wood in 2nd way ahead of Howry. Experience may be on Howry’s side, but Spring performance definitely is not. Don’t believe me, let’s let the numbers do the talking:
Lilly tomorrow against the Rangers. Think there might be any more Marlon Byrd talks during the game? (on a related note: who wants Coco Crisp when you can have yourself some Pie?) GO CUBS GO!