At some point you run out of things to write about this guy. On the first play, he clearly takes the wrong path to the ball. Any respectable left fielder…hell, any shitty left fielder…would have taken a better angle and caught that ball. The next two ‘attempts’ he has plays in front of him which he actually would have made just a couple of years ago, but fails laughably. Well, laughably if you aren’t a Cubs fan.
In my opinion, Soriano’s ineptitude is what lost this game for the Cubs. Just look at the score as these plays progress. The Cubs were up by one, then it was tied…up again, then tied again. You can only ask rookie relievers to get you out of so many jams before the inevitable happens.
Up until the middle of last season, no matter what his struggles at the plate, he would throw guys out on the bases. A lot. Now, unless he’s in one of his oft-talked-about hitting cycles, he’s a team liability. He waves at pitches with no intention of putting the ball in play, and makes throws in the outfield at which a Dominican dirt-leaguer would scoff.
My prediction: The Cubs will find an AL taker for this guy in the offseason (but eat much of his contract, as usual) and in 2011, Tyler Colvin will assume his natural left field position hopefully for the rest of his long and storied Cubs career.