Jim Edmonds Update

Updating a post from a couple weeks ago...

Jim Edmonds went 26 at-bats before collecting his first RBI as a member of the Cubs, when he homered in the sixth inning of Friday's spectacular comeback against the Rockies, one of his three hits and three RBI that day.

As I write this in the sixth inning of the Cubs' game at San Diego, Edmonds is 2-for-4 tonight, including a pair of doubles and a long fly out to left field, and frankly, finally, seems to be finding some level of competence at the plate. Overall, Edmonds, who has widened his stance in the last few days according to Bob Brenly on tonight's telecast, has now gone 10-for-35 (.286) as a Cub, with the one home run and 7 RBI.

Reed Johnson, who has basically platooned with Edmonds since the veteran joined the Cubs, is hitting .261/.345/.359 with an OPS+ of just 83.

In total, Cub centerfielders this season (Johnson, Edmonds, Felix Pie, and Kosuke Fukudome, in his 4 AB's while playing CF) are hitting .263/.342/.366 with an OPS of just 708, which makes CF far and away the least productive position offensively on the team. The shortstops, Ryan Theriot and Ronny CedeƱo, are the next closest, with an OPS of 783.

As for Pie, he continues to struggle mightily at Iowa, hitting just .174 (12-for-69) with an OBP of .240.

In other words, it's a good thing Edmonds seems to be heating up.


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