The Chicago Cubs have struggled this year, due in large part, because of an inconsistent and anemic offense. Disappointing campaigns from the likes of John Baker, Mike Olt, Ryan Sweeney, just to name a few, have frustrated Cubs’ fans and executives to the point of hair loss, but recently, there has been a reason for hope. Entering play yesterday the Cubs have been receiving extraordinary efforts from Chris Coghlan, Justin Ruggiano and Darwin Barney who are hitting .522, .483 and .393 in their last seven games, respectively. Coghlan and Ruggiano even have two home runs a piece during that span.
Admittedly, the surge from this trio doesn’t really help the Cubs win this year, but this could be great news for the team as all three are serious trade candidates. Justin Ruggiano may have boosted his value the most as his recent hot streak has bumped his average up to .294 and his on base percentage up to .370 on the year. Chris Coghlan has been a very good leadoff man in the absence of Emilio Boniface and has shown flashes of what made him the National League rookie of the year back in 2009. And Darwin Barney may be on his way to playing himself back into a regular starting role as he has raised his average nearly 40 points, up to .224 on the year.
None of these guys figure to be part of the Cubs’ long-term plan but if they keep playing well they may be able to change some minds or could find themselves playing for a contender down the stretch. Only time will tell.
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