A Happy Memorial Day to everyone and a special thanks to those who have served. We appreciate the sacrifices you've all made.
A quick article today as I, like many people, have plans today to spend time with some family. I will be watching the game and sneaking in for an occasional peek at the blog and the internet in general, but mostly I will be enjoying the weather, food, and conversation.
Some quick news...
The Cubs called up outfielder Justin Ruggiano, who had been rehabbing in Iowa, and sent down outfielder Ryan Kalish. A while back we suggested sending down Kalish so that he could get more consistent ABs, especially considering he has had limited ABs the past two seasons because of injury. He needs the reps.
The move to send down Kalish was also undoubtedly influenced by the good play of Junior Lake, who continues to defy expectations (including my own) by producing at an above league average rate (.340 wOBA, 111 RC+) on offense despite an approach that has his K rate at 34% and his walk rate under 5%. On the bright side, he has struck out less in May (27%).
The BABIP is at a likely unsustainable ,381 though it is likely that Lake's raw speed and hard contact will always have him at a BABIP that is well above that of the league average, which is around .300. I expect him to be around the .340-.350 mark this season, so if he can continue cutting down on those strikeouts without sacrificing hard contact (which is essentially what he has done this month) he may end up with a surprisingly productive year. That is not to say he will be a star -- or even an above average regular for that matter -- but on this team as it currently stands, he has earned the shot to play everyday.
With that, here is today's lineup...
- Bonifacio CF
- Lake LF
- Rizzo 1B
- Castro SS
- Valbuena 3B
- Castillo C
- Schierholtz RF
- Barney 2B
- Samardzija p
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