As ugly as the 4-3 loss was yesterday to the Astros in 12 innings, the most glaring deficiency I noticed was the absolute awful presence Koyie Hill is at the plate. I understand that Soto needs a day off from time to time, but Koyie should not be his replacement. Ever. Not only did Koyie go 0-4 with four strikeouts yesterday, but he failed to even get a bunt down with a runner on 2nd and no one out in the bottom of the 9th.
When Koyie was allowed to stay in and hit in the 9th inning, I couldn’t believe it. You have to pinch hit for him there even if he’s just being asked to lay down a bunt.
Heck, put Ryan Dempster in there- he has a ton of sacrifice bunts already this year.
Look, Koyie has one of the coolest baseball stories ever. He chopped off part of his thumb and three of his fingers and had to have them sewn back on after a table saw accident over the offseason in 2007. He had his hand reconstructed as if it were holding a baseball. That’s nails.
Unfortunately, he can’t hit. It was a good run.
The Cubs probably aren’t ready to call up 23 year old catching prospect Welington Castro yet. Castro is hitting just .253 this season, but does have 10 home runs and 46 RBI while slugging .495 with a .809 OPS. Thos are promising numbers, but he could use some more time to develop.
The Cubs would be more suited picking up a backup catcher on waivers most likely. Of course, they aren’t really in this thing anyway, so I guess it doesn’t hurt their playoff chances to keep Hill until the end of the season and then decide what to do until then.
It just makes our life as fans more frustrating.
Read more: John Mark runs a blog that covers the Cubs and the Cardinals over at TheOutfieldIvy.com