With Jim Edmonds struggling at the plate his days in a Cubs’ uniform could be coming to an end. A report on Cubs.com indicated there is no timetable to see if Edmonds will be able to help the Cubs or not. But the bottom line is Edmonds is not contributing offensively. Lou Piniella has shown, in his brief stint with the Cubs, he has little patience with players not performing and he likes to play the hot hand. While Edmonds’ defense appears to still be solid, his offense is the huge question mark surrounding the veteran centerfielder. Edmonds is 3-for-24 as a Cub with a walk and no extra base hits.
Felix Pie struggled after his demotion to Triple-A, except for the past two games. Could Pie be turning the page down in Iowa? Bruce Levine mentioned soon after Pie was sent down to work on his swing, that if he started lighting up Triple-A pitching again right away then he was not working on what Lou and his staff sent him down to correct, Pie managed only 3 hits in his first 8 games (3-for-32 with 2 walks and 1 extra base hit….a home run in his third game on May 20th).
In the past two games, Felix Pie has produced at the plate. He was 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and 2 RBI’s on Monday night. On Tuesday, Pie went 1-for-4 with a double, a walk and 2 runs scored. All 6 of his hits have come against right handed pitching and he is 0-for-12 against lefties….but that is not what the Cubs need this season out of Pie.
Lou Piniella wants a solid left handed hitter in centerfield that can play good defense and that he can platoon with Reed Johnson. Pie fits the job description….he just needs to work on his consistency at the plate.
While Jim Edmonds has not performed yet, Mark DeRosa brought up a good point in a report on Cubs.com. It is a new situation, a new team and Edmonds needs time to adjust. The Cubs want Jim Edmonds to be successful in blue pinstripes and Felix Pie should want the same. If Pie can continue to improve he will likely determine Edmonds’ future with the Cubs. If Pie struggles and Edmonds continues to be unsuccessful at the plate, Jim Hendry might have to look for another solution for centerfield….and that could have a large effect on Felix Pie’s future with the Cubs.
The Cubs are scheduled to face only two left handers over the next five games, so the next two weeks should determine whether Edmonds stays or goes….and where Felix Pie finishes out his season.