Is Alfonso Soriano Surging… Or Just Lucky?

August 2, 2009 by  

The Cubs and their fans are giddy about Alfonso Soriano. Why shouldn't they be? After the All-Star break, Soriano has batted .363 with five home runs and 15 RBI. He has seemed like a solid fit in the No. 6 spot.

What a turn around, right? Wrong. Soriano hasn't faced decent pitching. It's not hard to be successful when that occurs. The Cubs are surging because they have played weak competition, and Soriano's "resurgence" is a microcosm of that weak schedule.

Here's a game-by-game analysis of his games since the All-Star break:

7/16, @WAS: Soriano goes 1-for-3 with a single and walk. The opposing pitcher he got the hit off was John Lannan, who has a season 1.31 WHIP and .268 batting average against, m...

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