Alfonso Soriano continued his hot streak yesterday with another home run (7 in 13 games). He also made a diving catch off those rickety knees and got a double play out of the deal. So, Alfonso, how does it feel to be hitting again?
“I’m feeling so good at home plate right now,” Soriano said. “I know I didn’t hit (a home run) in like six weeks but sometimes it’s so difficult to hit one. Now I feel so good and I’m happy to help the team to win.”
Dale Sveum, is your continued confidence in Soriano being validated?
“Hopefully when the season’s over that media guide doesn’t lie,” Sveum said. “When you get enough at-bats for these guys who have had a track record like Soriano you look up sometimes and they might be struggling for a month and you look at the end of the year and they have their 30 home runs and 90-100 RBIs. It’s the way these guys are.”
And back to the Fonz, what’s up with your improvement in left field this year?
“I was working hard in spring training with (outfield coach) Dave McKay and I’m working hard in the season too,” he said. “I try to get better every day and prove to myself that I can play very good defense. That’s all I do is to work hard every day to get better.”
It is nice to see him giving max effort, despite the fact that he limps like he’s had both knees replaced.
As happy as Dale has been with Soriano, he’s got someone else in mind for team MVP so far.
‘‘I can’t say enough about Camp this year,’’ Sveum said. ‘‘He’s been put in all these different roles, and he’s done a nice job. He’s always had a rubber arm, and nothing seems to faze him. He may be our MVP to this point.”
I remember bemoaning the fact that the Cubs pulled him off the scrap heap in Spring Training. And I’ve been wrong. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and after losing about 27 catchers, the Cubs had to turn to Koyie Hill. None of us has been wrong about him, he still stinks. Luckily, Steve Clevenger is back. Can we see more of him, Dale?
‘‘We’ll ease him back in, but he’ll play often,’’ manager Dale Sveum said.
That’s a relief. Today’s game is another 1:20 Central start time, and features Anthony Bass (2-5, 3.55) against Ryan Dempster (0-3, 2.14). It will be televised on CSN. Today’s lineup:
Let’s get that record to 3-12 in the last 15 games!