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Alfonso Soriano has been known to be a streaky hitter throughout his career. Generally he starts the season slumping up the hoo-hah, which leaves fans disgruntled and wanting the 37 year old to retire. But when the weather heats up, his bat does as well. Just look at last season. He didn’t hit a home run until the month of May, and ended up with 32 of them by season’s end.
Alfonso Soriano watches his home run against the Chicago White Sox on Monday. (Photo Credit: David Banks/Getty Images)
The Chicago Cubs are on a four game win streak, and have won seven of their last ten games. It is no secret that Soriano’s hot streak has played a huge part in their recent success. In his last eleven games played, Soriano has a batting average of .400, hit 8 home runs, driven in 17 runs, and has an OPS of 1.439. In other words, he has been tearing it up big time. In last night’s 7-2 win against the Los Angeles Angels, Soriano went 2-3 with two solo dingers (the first one happening two pitches after Anthony Rizzo went deep). Monday night against their crosstown rivals, he dropped three hits (including a homer), scored four runs, and stole two bases!
Yes, you read that last stat correctly.
Alfonso Soriano is stealing bases once again. He has more stolen bases this year (10) than he had the last two years combined (8 total). His ten stolen bases are the most he has had in the first half of a season since his first year with the Cubs (13 first half swipes). He has double digit numbers in homers and stolen bases for the first time since 2008, when he hit 29 bombs and stole 19 bags. There is a somewhat realistic chance that Soriano could have a 20-20 season this year, which is something he hasn’t done since his 40-40 campaign with Washington in 2006.
This is not the Alfonso Soriano that we have seen the last few years. This is the Soriano that the Cubs signed back in November of 2006. This is the Soriano who brought hope and excitement to the Chicago Cubs fan base.
The Cubs play again tonight against the Angels looking for their fifth straight win. Tune into WGN at 7:05 to see if Soriano and the Cubs can keep up their success against the American League.
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First, I'd like to apologize for the extreme lateness of the JOT today. Usually, I bang them out at work (I get here an hour early and write it). Today that didn't happen because I was very busy all day. It'll probably happen again tomorrow. Perhaps someday this will actually be my job, but I'm probably several years away from that happening, if ever.
The month of July continues to shape the upcoming trade deadline and the first week has been heavily favoring the Chicago Cubs.
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I’m really kidding about that headline if you failed to read past that. This is a wonderful story linked from DNAInfoChicago:
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