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Cubs Scalp Indians

By Garrett Monaghan

The Cubs' offense has needed a boost lately, and they got it this weekend against the struggling Cleveland Indians. The Cubs rallied late for two wins off of ex-Cub Kerry Wood on Friday and Saturday, before rolling to a 6-2 win on Sunday.

Randy Wells earned his long-awaited first major league win yesterday, pitching six and two thirds innings, scattering five hits and two runs while striking out three. The offense gave him plenty of support this time, behind a solo homer from Geovanny Soto and a three RBI day from Jake Fox. Fox got a rare start at third base against left-hander Jeremy Sowers, and successfully managed not to injure himself. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see Lou Pinella start platooning Fox at third until Aramis Ramirez comes off the DL. Fontenot is hitting a miserable .121 against lefties this year, although that's 80 points his career mark against left-handed pitching. Fox isn't a long term solution there, but he's got enough raw power to be a useful platoon player or right-handed bat off the bench. If Ramirez comes back healthy, Fox could also be a useful piece of trade bait at the deadline, if the Cubs are feeling like buyers.

The only sour notes for the Cubs over the weekend came in the form of a minor forearm injury to Angel Guzman, and in the continuation of Alfonso Soriano's horrific slump. Guzman only has a minor tricep injury, and initial reports say he should be able to recover in less than a week; but with his injury history, the Cubs decided to give him some extra time off. Overall, I'm a fan of the move. I think it'll help keep Guzman fresh for later in the year.

While Soriano had a clutch hit and scored a clutch run in the series against Cleveland, he's still hitting only .174 over the last week, and .173 over the last month. That's unacceptable from anybody, but particularly from the leadoff man. Even though the offense appears to be getting back on track, it's going to be handicapped as long as Soriano's leading off. Pinella needs to bench Soriano for a few games, take the pressure off of him, and let someone like Theriot set the tone for the rest of the offense.

The Cubs offense should face a real test this week, as the Cubs travel to Detroit for a three-game set against the Tigers. The Tigers have the third best pitching staff in the American League right now, although it seems likely that the Cubs are going to miss Justin Verlander. The Cubs are going to need to show that they can hit somebody other than the worst pitching staff in baseball if they want to keep rolling.

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