The Cubs sure have brought a whole lot of hitting talent with them across the border, but holy lord, they’re bad.
Yes, yes, those sound precisely like the words of a fan whose team is about to be stymied by the far-from-bad former Oriole, Jake Arrieta, but with Anthony Rizzo still out of their lineup (Starlin Castro, too), and a bunch of big prospects — Kris Bryant, Addison Russell — still not yet big leaguers, their lineup… is… well… tonight’s cleanup hitter, Luis Valbuena, was very briefly a Blue Jay in the off-season between 2011 and 2012, before being lost on waviers at the end of Spring Training.
He’s not without value, either — though not nearly as famous as some of the other recent ones that got away. This year FanGraphs’ version of WAR has calculated Valbuena to have produced 2.5 wins, while Baseball Reference has him at 1.1. Certainly nothing to turn our noses up at — especially for a guy on a cheap deal, with an above-average walk rate, and showing surprising power here in his age-28 season (.197 ISO).
Still, though, he’s at 247/.328/.444, which doesn’t exactly scream “cleanup hitter,” especially against Mark Buehrle, when his wRC+ against lefties is just 86 on the year.
I’m just sayin’ is all… the Cubs will be scary one day very soon. Maybe not today, though.
The Jays’ original lineup had Edwin Encarnacion at first base, and Adam Lind at DH. Shi Davidi appears to have been the first to tweet about the change.
MLBTR’s Zach Links tweeted earlier in the afternoon that the Jays are will soon put Matt Hague on waivers. To open a spot on the 40-man for what, one wonders?
Megan Robinson tweets that, with a home run tonight, Jose Bautista would become the first player since Willie Mays in 1965 to hit a home run in seven straight home games.
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