A lof of good things happened for the Cubs in Milwaukee over the last few days (OK, that might be a bit of an understatement), but while everyone is still having their Zambrano-rgasms, D-Lee decided to start hitting again. That’s a very good thing in case you were wondering.
During the little break forced upon the team by Hurricane Ike, Uncle Lou said Derrek would probably benefit most from the extra rest.
"The reason I said that is he's probably played more than anybody else we have," Piniella said in the Chicago Tribune today. "We need Derrek to hit to win, period. No undue pressure, but boy, when the middle part of our lineup hits, and Derrek hits right there in the No. 3 hole, that makes it so much easier. And the last couple of days he's produced."
I’d say one homer and four RBI in two games against the Assblows qualifies as producing.
Lee has been keeping opposing third basemen busy this year with all his little choppers to the hot corner, but holy Hey-Zeus we needed to see a little power out of him. The Cubs have been working D-Lee pretty hard (586 totally at-bats so far…45 more than the next highest) and the team has survived despite his noticeable drop-off in power, but having the old Lee back is just the icing on the cake (and maybe the key) for a Cubs World Series run.
It will be interesting to see how Lou uses (or doesn’t use) Lee over the next couple of games. My guess is, he’s trying to give Derrek a bunch of rest – especially if/when the team clinches a playoff spot.
Hopefully the power will keep coming and those DPs will stop. I really hate those…like a lot.