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The Cubs 3rd Base Problem: Mike Olt… Ugh

June 13th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
By Tim Duxbury

'Mike Olt going after a good pitch' photo (c) 2012, Mike LaChance - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Thank goodness for Luis Valbuena’s emergence as a stud for the Chicago Cubs at the hot corner because Mike Olt has been painful to watch.  Over his last ten games, Valbuena is hitting .419 and has raised his season average from .263 to .288. Mike Olt on the other hand, is a ghastly one for his last 26. 1-26!! That’s an average of .038. On the year Olt is now hitting .150 and has a defensive WAR of -0.4, according to baseball-reference.com, which prompts the question, “WHY IS HE STILL ON THE CUBS?”

Olt has 57 strikeouts in 140 at bats this year and has k’d at least once in nine of the last ten games he has appeared in and inspires absolutely no confidence when he comes to the plate. But on the plus side, Olt is leading all National League rookies in homeruns with 9, despite the fact that he hasn’t gone yard since may 18th. At this point though, leading NL rookies in homeruns is like being the smartest idiot in the room (the next closest is Chris Owings (AZ) with five). It looks like Mike Olt has decided to follow the career path or Cubs former top prospect Brett Jackson, and strike his way out of a big league future.

So in honor of Mike Olt’s gross inadequacy at the hot corner, I have compiled a list of 10 replacements who would do a better job until Javier Baez and Kris Bryant arrive.

 

1) Christian Villanueva, Iowa Cubs (AAA)

2) Jeimer Candelario, Daytona Cubs (A+)

3) Roger Dorn from “Major League”

4) Pablo Sanchez, Backyard baseball (the secret weapon)

5) Junior Lake, Current Cubs LF and former infielder

6) that kid with the plastic glove sitting in section 105

7) this stick I found in my front yard

8) the ghost of Ron Santo

9) Tony from the hot dog stand

10) Rap superstar, Jay Z

 

Talk about a solid group. What are your thoughts on Mike Olt? Do you have any better suggestions? Comment below or on our facebook page or hit us on twitter (@cubs_101).

Tags: Baseball, Brett Jackson, Chicago, Chicago Cubs, Christian Villanueva, Javier Baez, Jeimer Candelario, Junior Lake, Kris Bryant, Mike Olt, MLB, Pablo Sanchez, Roger Dorn

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