Can Alfonso Soriano carry the Chicago Cubs?

By jamesfrench

As of right now, more Cubs are slumping than hitting. All season long you have heard us talk about the lack of power, the lack of pitching, defensive woes, not stealing bases, and it does not seem like there is going to be a drastic change any time soon. On that note, one of the few players that has been consistent, and is trying to carry this team with very little help is Alfonso Soriano. Will he be able to do this all season long?

Chicago Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano (12) slaps hands with Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade (L) and shortstop Starlin Castro after scoring the only run of their MLB National League baseball game in the seventh inning against the San Diego Padres in San Diego, California September 27, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

Soriano is notorious for having hot streaks and cold streaks, but this season he has just been consistent. The average has not been very high, as he is only hitting .247, but he leads the team in home runs with nine, and RBIs with 18. Nine bombs thus far, actually puts him in a second place tie with Jose Bautista for most home runs this season.

Last night it was Soriano’s two solo home runs that really helped the Cubs get that victory. He has had little help from his teammates, which explains the losing record. The starting pitching has been horrendous, as they have an accumulated ERA over 6.00. Zambrano who has been inconsistent this year as well, pitched well against the Diamondbacks being one of the few players that helped out.

Two other players that have been consistently help the team win are Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney. Both players are hitting over .300, with double digit RBIs and runs. With the contribution of these three players, the Cubs have been able to hover around a .500 record.

If the Cubs are going to continue at this pace, they are going to need Soriano to remain as consistent as he has been, rather than be streaky. But will he be able to do that? All signs point to the fact that he has the ability to achieve that goal this year. After all, he is healthy; he has his legs under him for the first time since his first year as a Cub. He has put in the work, continue to try and get better at defense, and the results are showing.

If Chicago can get going their other big bats in Aramis Ramirez, Carlos Pena and Marlon Byrd, they can easily make up for the lack of pitching they have. Something just has to come together at some point. Up and down this whole lineup, you can just tell that the Cubs are a much better team than the way they are playing. Now let’s see it happen. Hopefully, last night’s victory can spring board some energy into this team, and everyone can start playing.

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