06 July 2009

Kinda feelin' sorry for Aramis' backups

You know when a guy has been out a long time when you get to embrace his backup(s).

Aramis Ramirez went 0-for-4 in his return to the lineup tonight, but I don't think we'll be seeing much of Sam Fuld, Jake Fox, or Mike Fontenot at the hot corner the rest of the season. I'm glad they kept Fox in the majors, because his bat did a TON of talking in his stint with the Cubs:

Batting .310-.358-.563, 6 2B, 4 HR, 10 RBI in 26 games heading into tonight. Didn't get into the game tonight, but a 4-2 win is good enough for me.

As for Fuld, I think he's the kind of guy where you bring him up, ride a hot streak, then send him back down in the hopes of finding another guy on a hot streak. Although his current average numbers (.364-.462-.545) look good, all of his hits (4) came in his first and only two starts for the Cubs this year.

Speaking of essentially career minor leaguers, Randy Wells has probably been the most pleasant surprise. The 26-year-old Belleville, IL native would have a much better record than his current 4-3 (after another solid 6-inning performance tonight) record would indicate. The guy has had arguably one bad start out of 11 so far, which includes 9 quality starts. Considering the league average for quality starts is just a hair over 50%, I hope I'm looking at about 10 or 12 more years of this kind of dominance.


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