All signs pointed to a bounce back year for Carlos Quentin, he remained healthy all of last season outside from a bruised knee pain that sidelined throughout the season. He hit 26 home runs and drove in 87 RBIs in 131 games, most of this occurring in the second half of the year. CQ is well on his way to those numbers as he hit two home runs in last evening’s game against the Mariners, one that gave the Sox an early lead and the later that tied the game in the eighth. CQ’s numbers are not to be taken lightly, he has 17 home runs, 45 RBIs, and 20 doubles, leading the Sox in both home runs and doubles.
Batting right after CQ in the clean-up spot is White Sox Captain, Paul Konerko, who’s also having another All-Star caliber year. Paulie has 14 home runs, 47 RBIs, and 11 doubles with a .316 batting average making them one of the deadliest one, two punches in baseball. These numbers are the type numbers that combos such as McGuire/Conseco (steroids), Manny/Big Papi (steroids), Bagwell/Berkman (steroids), and dare I say Sosa/McGriff (steroids.) McGriff did drive in 100 that year and hit over 20 home runs.
Paulie and CQ are well on their way to eclipsing those types of numbers. There are only a few other combos in baseball producing big numbers, Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers; and Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira of the New York Yankees. Braun has 13 home runs with 45 RBIs, while Fielder has 17 home runs and 54 RBIs. Granderson has 17 home runs with 41 RBIs while Teixeira has 18 home runs with 43 RBIs. If you take the RBIs of those three combos, which totals 275 and put them up against the entire Cubs roster you might be a little shocked. The Cubs have only 222 RBIs which means the entire team produces less runs than the three top combos in baseball. Pretty sad. The Paulie/CQ/Braun/Fielder combos alone have a home run total of 61 which is 19 more home runs than the entire Cubs roster. Wow. It’s unfair for me to single out the Cubs as there are only eight teams in all of baseball with more than 60 home runs.
Here’s a crazy idea for Adam Dunn, start hitting, because if he starts hitting then that would arguably be the best trio in baseball. Just think, as far as we know all the aforementioned 2011 Bash Brothers are putting up big numbers without steroids. It’s nice to type that.