7/5 What if …

Since he was promoted June 26, Anthony Rizzo has reached base in each of his first eight games, he’s hit safely in seven of those games, and is 5-for-12 with two home runs. Does Dale Sveum ever think about what it would have been like if Rizzo was on the team at the start of the season?

“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t,” Sveum said Thursday. “It’s obviously a more dynamic offensive team. We’re getting to that plateau a little more of scoring four or more runs in a game which gives you a heck of a lot better chance.”

The Cubs are averaging 5.4 runs per win this season, and averaging 2.6 runs per loss. They’re also 6-2 since Rizzo arrived.

“Sure you think about [what might have been],” Sveum said. “You think about what if [Luis] Valbuena was here all year, being able to produce like he has and the defense he has. You think, but that’s not how baseball works.”

Valbuena has taken over at third base for injured Ian Stewart, who will have surgery on his left wrist Tuesday and is likely done for the season. He’s only batting .215, but he’s driven in 13 runs in 19 games.

— Carrie Muskat


pretty clear from these comments that sveum isn’t/was never enamored of ian stewart either. those compliments for valbuena and his .215 average more or less prove that sveum’s not thinking about stewart at 3B in the future.
it would be nice if he was as clear-sighted on the long-term value of clevenger and castillo, though i’ll give him the benefit of the doubt here and assume soto’s still starting because they think it will help his trade value in some way.

Really, we all were so dissapointed with Stewart’s “production” that we and even the manager are actually HAPPY with Valbuena’s production?? Pretty sad. Also, I think any playing time for Soto is only to show other teams he is still around and available but his pathetic average and performance this season will more than likely lead to a “dump him” type of trade or even his release. BUT, Soriano and all his sugar coated hype and praise he is getting from EVERYBODY connected to the Cubs, WGN and Comcast Sports is truly a remarkable sign of a concerted effort to get him traded by the deadline…HOPEFULLY!!! Soriano has certainly put together a good year but I think it funny hearing comments like him making the best throw we’ve seen him make in years and THAT’S the Soriano we’ve been expecting/waiting to see….well, he’s been absent for a few years now….too little, too late for him to do the Cubs any good. He had his shot in the play-offs but went missing. Time for him to go help another “contender” get to the promised land and good luck to him/them.

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