Lee just hit a home run against the Oakland Athletics. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a homer (or any offense, for that matter) from the Cubs’ everyday first-baseman. The last time that Lee connected for a long ball was almost six months ago, on September 22nd against the Mets.
Not to be outdone, the Man Who Would Be Cubs’ First-Baseman, Micah Hoffpauir, hit his second double of the day following Lee’s homer. Hoffpauir is hitting .273 with four home runs this spring.
Since returning from a wrist injury in 2007, Lee has hit fewer than 22 home runs in each of the past two years–just half of the total of his career high 2005 season, when he hit 46 home runs.
“I think we have a good defensive team,” Derrek Lee said after Monday’s ugly game. “We haven’t played that way.” It doesn’t matter how good a team looks defensively on paper, though–the only thing that matters is how you play. And right now, the Cubs have the 4th-worst fielding percentage in the Major Leagues.