Chicago Cubs: The Carlos Gonzalez experiment is hardly a failure

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Chicago Cubs: Not much to write home about offensively

As a Cub, Gonzalez has only played in 15 games so far but he has done nothing to write home about. In 40 at-bats, he’s hitting a career-low .175 at the plate with just seven total base hits. Earlier in the season, Gonzalez hit just .210 at the plate with the Cleveland Indians, which led to him being released.

He really just isn’t seeing the ball well at all and is striking out at the highest clip of his career. He has struck out in 19 of his 49 plate appearances which comes out to a staggering 38.8 percent mark.

Now, I’m not going to try to sit here and defend these numbers because I really can’t. They are not good and he has clearly not been good at the plate. But at the time the Cubs signed Gonzalez they didn’t have many better options.

Personally, I would still much rather throw Gonzalez out there than Mark Zagunis. And who was that other guy they called up for a weekend series, Jim Adduci? Over the course of a long season, neither of those guys should be considered as the Cubs fourth outfielder.