The Rise Of Soler

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All right, I promised myself I wouldn’t throw a pun in. Jorge Soler destroyed the ball in his first at bat. Welcome to the Show Jorge! Ladies and Germs, it was fantastic. In a 7-5 loss, the Cubs played really well. Folks, if you’re going to lose, this is the way to do it.

“I feel real proud about it,” Soler said. “All of my family was watching the game, especially my father here at the game. I feel real happy and proud that I did well today.”

There’s an old adage saying, “Goal scorers need to shoot the puck” and well, the same applies to baseball. Sluggers need to hit the damn thing and hit it far. Look at Javier Baez’s last at bat. He took Chapman deep and the look on Chapman’s face, well, he thought that ball was going into orbit but Billy Hamilton caught it at the wall. The fastest thrower versus the fastest swing. Crazy.

This is only the beginning for Soler and the Cubs. Here’s the scary part; at the start of the season, the Cubs were projected to be the “doormat” of the league but with a few key moves they’ve become something to be feared around the league. Sure, they’re a little green but suddenly, they’re getting run support. They’ve got solid pitching from Jake Arrieta, Kyle Hendricks and Tsuyoshi Wada.

The Cubs are 59-73 heading into tonight’s game against the Reds. Arrieta gets the ball.

“I want to make every start that I have lined up throughout the end of September,” Arrieta said. “If something comes up, I guess that will be addressed. I’d love to stay in the mix and finish out on a high note.”

With that kind of competiveness, Chicago is the place to be.

Believe it.

—Mark

 

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Cubs Using Soler Power

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It’s an interesting situation in the late months of the baseball season. Although the Cubs are in theory, out of contention but does it mean that they should call up the young players with hopes of not making the post season?

Jorge Soler, the Cub’s next one is joining the team today against the Reds. Should we view this as a good thing or a not so good thing?

The Cubs are doing all right as it is. They’re on a three game winning streak and they’re a long shot at the Wild Card, but not so long at finishing with a .500 team. There is certainly a lot of chemistry going on with this team and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That’s on one hand, but on the other hand this is the Cubs we’re talking about. A team with the most exciting farm system out there right now. If anything, calling young Jorge Soler up for BP and joining Javier Baez in the rook department should be a treat and enhance the Cubs’ opportunity to finish with a .500 record.

Soler is coming off a three run homer with Iowa on Monday. He’s swinging the bat well and has a .373 Avg with Runners In Scoring Position.

But this isn’t Triple A anymore.

Things just got more interesting.

Believe it.

—Mark