6/15 Battle of the backstops
Catcher Koyie Hill started Tuesday night, his second straight start. Lou Piniella said Geovany Soto will be back behind the plate Wednesday and Thursday when the Athletics start two left-handers.
“We’re just trying to win baseball games right now,” Piniella said Tuesday. “Both catchers have done a nice job behind the plate. I don’t know — we can go either way with that. Tonight Hill is catching because we won the other night.”
Here are some other numbers:
* When Hill is behind the plate, the Cubs pitchers have a 3.58 ERA, compared to 4.14 ERA when Soto is catching.
* Hill has thrown out three of 16 base stealers, while Soto has thrown out six of 39. Teams may not be running as much against Hill, but a significant number of the stolen bases are because of the pitchers, not the catchers.
* Hill is batting .232 while Soto is hitting .266, but Soto also was hitting just .120 from May 11-June 4.
— Carrie Muskat