I know what you’re thinking: “You mean the guy hitting .181?” The answer is yes. I do mean that guy. He has had a pretty rough go of it, especially early in the season when he was traded shortly before the regular season started to the Oakland A’s. It was especially rough for Chris because he and his wife had just adopted a child. To deal with that on top of having to up and move across the country to Oakland, not to mention he was going from an obvious contender to a team with no hope of making the playoffs. It was a rough situation.
Now, I’m not saying that’s an excuse for him hitting .145/.215/.272 in his time in Oakland, but it certainly contributes to it. In his time back in Chicago (and keep in mind he has had injury issues since returning) he has slashed a much better .247/.369/.376, but that’s not even why I think he should make the roster. Those numbers aren’t that great. You know what is great? Chris Coghlan’s numbers in his last 15 games. (He just hit an RBI double as I am writing this sentence.) In his last 15 games (37 PA), Coghlan is hitting .297/.341/.486 with 1 homer and 8 RBI. He is getting hot at the right time.
Another benefit of having Cogs on the roster would be his versatility. If it is down to him or Szczur for the last spot (which I think it is), I’d give the edge to Coghlan for 2 reasons. 1: It’s always good to have a lefty bat on the bench. And 2: He is more versatile. Coghlan can play the corner outfield spots in addition to 2nd, 3rd, and 1st base. It could certainly come in handy if the Cubs run into a marathon game to have a guy that can come off the bench and move around the field as needed.
I know there are a lot of Coghlan Haters out there, but I think he is the right choice for the final roster spot. It just happens to help my case a lot that he is hot at the right time. I guess only time will tell if I am right or not. Either way, I can’t wait for the playoffs to start!