June didn’t feature a horrific losing streak like May did but the Cubs still managed to lose 17 games. The Cubs did get a shot in the arm when Anthony Rizzo was called up near the end of June, I almost selected him as the player of the month but I thought better of it. Here are the players of the month for June.
Everyone is expecting Alfonso Soriano to slow down, and to his credit he hasn’t. A very productive month for Soriano as he hit eight home runs, and had 18 RBI’s, probably would have had more if he was in a better lineup. Soriano’s effort hasn’t really helped the Cubs add up wins, but it might help the Cubs future tremendously. If Soriano continues to hit the way he has he will be a sought after bat at the trade deadling at the end of July. The Cubs will pick up most of Soriano’s salary, but the better he performs the better chance the Cubs have of getting something of value in return.
Alfonso Soriano June Highlights:
Not many people predicted this one at the beginning of the month, but Travis Wood is my selection for the Cubs best pitcher of June. Wood was outstanding in the five starts that he made in June, and he had to be given the opponents he was facing. Justin Verlander, Barry Zito, Jake Peavy, and Johan Santana matched up against Wood, and Wood delivered going 2-2. Wood gave up 26 hits over 31.2 innings, and he only allowed 12 walks over those innings, he really did a great job limiting the base runners. Wood, who was acquired in the “Sean Marshall Trade” is really giving Cubs fans a taste of what Theo and Jed were thinking when they agreed to the deal with the Reds. He is performing much like he did in 2010, if he continues to improve that deal could turn out to be a steal.
Travis Wood June Highlights:
Special tip of the cap to Ryan Dempster as he went all of June without giving up a single run. Dempster only made three appearances because of injury, but went 22.0 innings only giving up 12 hits while walking three and striking out 12.
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In a month that saw 17 total losses, and a 12 game losing streak it’s hard to find bright spots, I did my best. Here are the players of the month for May, thank God it’s over.
Not a bad month at all for the Cubs lead-off hitter, and sometimes number three hitter, yeah when the offense is bad it’s bad. But DeJesus has done everything he can to put the Cubs in a position to score as he fashioned a .400 OBP in the Month of May. DeJesus also had four triples in the month, including two in one game. He also became my hero during the 12 game losing streak when he picked up a home run ball and launched it into the River in Pittsburgh, that is exactly how every Cubs fan felt at that moment. Month’s like this for DeJesus will make him a very attractive target at the deadline, odds are he will be dealt, but it has been nice to see at least one guy be patient at the plate, I will miss that if he is traded.
David DeJesus May Highlights:
Jeff Samardzija has been pitching like an ace all year, and May was no different. The Cubs only had 10 wins in the month, Samardzija recorded three of them, and should have had one more at least. Samardzija is commanding all of his pitches, thus he is throwing less pitches early in games which is allowing him to get deep into games. The one thing he is learning on the job is how to finish games off, most of the runs he has given up has been the third time through the order around the 7th inning or so. If he can lock that down then he will become a certifiable ace, right now he will have to settle for being the Cubs #1. Hopefully he continues to improve as that will only help make this staff something to be reckoned with moving forward.
Jeff Samardzija Highlights:
Thanks for reading, here’s to a better month.
Hard to believe that the Major League season is already a month old, we take a look back at the month that was and select the top hitter and pitcher on the north side. Players of the Month after the jump.