The Cubs have played 20 games so far this season, and won 10 and lost 10. That’s what mediocre teams do. So take that however you want. You have to give them credit, though. They certainly make middling baseball interesting. If they’re not sending the franchises’ all-time winning percentage leader to the bullpen, they’ve got fans writing in to the local rag to demand the benching of one of the best hitters they’ve ever had.
And speaking of best hitters they’ve ever had, how are things going for our old pal Milton Bradley in Seattke?
Because I can tell you how things are going for his replacement. His former Rangers teammate Marlon Byrd has already duplicated Milton’s first half from last season.
And you think I’m exaggerating?
Well, I am. But not by all that much.
It’s April 27, and Marlon Byrd is 27-76 (.355) with 12 runs, three homers, 15 RBI, a .375 on base average, a .579 slugging and a .954 OPS.
Last April, Milton was 4-34 (.118) with five runs, two homers, two RBI, .333 OBA, .294 SLG and .627 OPS.
Milton didn’t get his 27th hit until June 10, and when he got it he had posted a whopping .209/.325/.364/.689 with 5 homers and 14 RBI.
Marlon does other stuff, too. He catches flyballs. He runs over catchers. He makes eye contact with teammates on occasion, and (gasp!) he talks to them.
Meanwhile, poor, misunderstood Milton is off in Seattke posting another awesome April of .174/.283/.370/.653 with two homers and 10 RBI.
Do we think that maybe, at 31, with a history of injuries, that Milton’s just not any good anymore?
Yes, that’s exactly what we think.
And you can trot out his numbers from April 28 to September 4 last year (like the dope who sponsors his Baseball Reference page) and they were pretty good .284/.402/.443. But not that great. Sure, the .402 on base average is really good, so I’ll give Milton that.
Hell, for $10 million a year, he’d better be able to do something.
So enjoy the Carlos Silva deal with the devil for as long as it lasts, because it’s the only good thing that’s ever going to come out of the six months we all had to spend with Milton last year.