By Joe McDonald at 11 July, 2013, 10:07 am
Wednesday night wasn't the happiest of times for the Wrigley Field faithful. The Angels cranked five homers in a 13-2 rout, a beat-the-traffic special all the way. Josh Hamilton ripped two out of the park, with the second one tattering Jeff Samardzija's likeness on the scoreboard. If you were a Chicago fan on this night, you came for the park and the Old Style. Not even the surging Alfonso Soriano (0-for-3) could offer a respite.
But if you stayed for the game's entirety, Cody Ransom gave you something to smile about. The 37-year-old journeyman collected a double in the fourth inning and added a window-dressing homer in the ninth. And while those contributions might seem insignificant in a 11-run beatdown, nothing is truly insignificant in our numbers racket.
Ransom has become a sneaky reminder of steamer's delight, a platoon specialist who's posting numbers if you know when to employ him. He's clubbed six homers in 50 Wrigley at-bats, and he's really putting the crunch on left-handed pitching (.275/.367/.681, seven homers). The Wednesday homer came off a righty reliever, but perhaps you had the chops to use Ransom based on the C.J. Wilson start.