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Cubs’ Need a Big Second Half from Valbuena

July 20th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
By Tim Duxbury

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Luis Valbuena was a big piece of the Chicago Cubs’ offensive attack during the two months of the season but he has cooled down significantly as of late. According to ESPN.com, Valbuena is hitting just .150 in the month of July and has seen his average slip to .250 on the year.

We all know that the Cubs’ are not going to compete for a playoff spot this year but a solid second half from Valbuena would go a long way towards building some momentum towards next season. Luis Valbuena has been a stereotypical “4A” player throughout the course of his career; having great success at AAA but being unable to perform at the major league level. According to PETCOTA Projections, Luis Valbuena will finish the year with a .248 batting average and nine home runs. Granted, that would be a slight improvement over his 2013 campaign in which he hit .218 with 12 home runs but if he can reproduce the success he had in May and June, where he hit .295 and .275, he could really cement his future with the club going forward.

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