Ryno of the Week: In just 16 at-bats, Reed Johnson had 11 total bases this week (by comparison, the next-most on the team was 13 by both Pena and Ramirez, and they had 24 and 29 at-bats, respectively). He also had a game-tying home run, seven RBI, three doubles and two runs. Hopefully this trend will continue since he'll get more playing time with Byrd on the DL.
Cubs Week 7 awards: Adding injury to insult
While the Cubs were able to scratch out three wins this week, they blew two very winnable games against the then-first place Reds, saw the Cardinals go 6-1, and still lost more games than they won, dropping their road record under .500 and falling 6.5 games out of first. Insult: check.
To make matters worse, Marlon Byrd was placed on the DL after being hit in the face by a pitch, Matt Garza was scratched from yesterday's start with a sore elbow, and the Cubs learned that Andrew Cashner has re-aggravated his right shoulder and is expected to be out until July. Injuries: check.
I was a religion minor in college, but I have no idea why the baseball gods are so intent on smiting the Cubs (I knew I should have taken that class sophomore year: Religion 301: Why the Baseball Gods are So Intent on Smiting the Cubs). The Cubs have now seen three starters suffer injuries, lost their starting catcher to a pre-game injury and their center fielder to a face ball.
Want some good news? The Cubs get a much-needed day off, Randy Wells is set to return this weekend, and the Cubs begin a nine-game homestand tomorrow night against three sub-.500 teams.
Honorable mention: Carlos Pena, who had two homers, seven RBI and six walks. His OBP is a solid .359.
Goat of the Week: In May, he has a .226 average, just one RBI and five more strikeouts than he had in all of April. I'll give you one guess. Yup, Kosuke Fukudome. He was 4-for-23 this week with five strikeouts.
Dishonorable mention: Starlin Castro, who batted .250 this week and had nine strikeouts--he had just 12 on the season before last Monday.