The Cubs wagered $10 million that Carlos Pena would return to 2009 form while playing in Wrigley Field, but after going 0-for-4 on Thursday, he’s out of the lienup for the third time in six games Friday.
Unlike the previous times he sat, this time it’s happening against a right-hander, Arizona’s Armando Galarraga to be specific. — NBC Sports
Pena is 1 for his last 21 and he has 1 extra base hit on the season (a double). His BABIP is .244 despite a 22.5% line drive rate. You’d expect his BABIP to be about .345 so he’s been a little unlucky. He’s hitting more ground balls than fly balls and his GB/FB ratio is about the same as last season. Unfortunately last season was nearly twice as high as the previous three seasons when he was pretty good at baseball.
H/T to Mish