Jim Edmonds wasn't the reason the Cubs lost two of three in Houston, but neither did he do anything to punch up his team's relatively meager offense the last two nights.

On Wednesday, with the Cubs already leading 3-0 in the opening inning, Edmonds failed to bring in Geovany Soto from second base with two outs. Then, in the seventh inning, one out after rookie Micah Hoffpauir had opened the frame with a double, Edmonds lifted a harmless fly ball to right field.

In 15 AB over four games, Edmonds has produced two singles and no RBI. In honor of the newest Cub's non-accomplishment in the runs driven in category, here is a list of the 10 Cub non-pitchers since 1960 who accumulated the most at-bats in a season without earning even a single RBI.

  1. Matt Alexander ('74), 54 AB
  2. Cleo James ('73), 45 AB
  3. Tom Lundstedt ('74), 32 AB
  4. Rick Wrona ('90), 29 AB
  5. Gene Oliver ('69), 27 AB
  6. Alex Grammas ('63), 27 AB
  7. Bo Porter ('99), 26 AB
  8. Augie Ojeda ('03), 25 AB
  9. Jerry Tabb ('76), 24 AB
  10. Enrique Wilson ('05), 22 AB
Edmonds currently ranks 21st on this list. I rate him a strong possibility to crack the Top 10, maybe even the Top 5. But long before he has a chance to rob Cleo James's place in Cub history, I think Edmonds will have been asked to clear out his locker at Wrigley Field.

Earlier today at The Cub Reporter, I pointed to this piece by Dayn Perry of FoxSports.com, who sees the possibility of clouds forming on the currently sunny Cub horizon. (He wonders about the true quality of the Cub pitching staff and whether or not Carlos Marmol will be pitched to death before he and his teammates have a chance to be fitted for World Series rings.)

Jay Jaffe, writing for the New York Sun, is more optimistic in his forecast of the rest of the Cubs season, citing weaknesses in the other NL Central teams as just one reason to feel good about the Cubs' chances of doing grand things in 2008.


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