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Fuld runs through cycle in huge offensive game

Posted on: April 11, 2011 10:50 pm
By Matt Snyder

Sam Fuld didn't hit for the cycle Monday night in a 16-5 Rays' victory over the Red Sox, but he easily could have -- if he cared for that sort of thing. He came to bat in the ninth, having already collected a home run, triple and double. He laced a ball to left field and didn't stop at first base, instead elected to garner his second double and fourth extra-base hit of the game.

Hitting for the cycle is a fun little anamoly in the baseball world. It's tough enough to get four hits in a game, but by the time you factor in getting three extra-base hits and having enough weird luck to get a single, double, triple and home run -- well, the odds just aren't great.

Someone like Fuld, who entered Monday's game with just one career home run and triple each in 180 plate appearances doesn't figure to have a great shot at hitting for the cycle.

So it's easy to see why the Twitter world was clamoring for a cycle Monday night when he dug into the batter's box in the ninth inning of a game that was already long-since decided. It's just that hitting for the cycle isn't the type of feat you build a career around. It's a great offensive game, but so is two doubles, a triple and a bomb. Plus, stopping at first would have been selfish and even disrespectful to his opponent.

Kudos to Fuld for playing the game the right way and not letting a quirkly feat get in the way.

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Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: April 12, 2011 2:58 pm

Fuld runs through cycle in huge offensive game

Cubs had no room for Fuld - too bad though the more I see him play the more I believe he can really play. 

Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: April 12, 2011 1:23 pm

Fuld runs through cycle in huge offensive game

When Fuld was included in the Garza trade, I thought he would do a nice job as a late-inning defensive replacement for Damon in LF and provide some pinch-hitting and pinch-running.  However, he is quickly showing that he deserves to be in the lineup on an everyday basis.  Fans love guys who hustle and play the game right.  It looks like this will be a long year for the Rays, but we will enjoy watching Sam Fuld in the field and at the plate.

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: April 12, 2011 2:11 am

Fuld runs through cycle in huge offensive game

He was never given a chance to show what he could do playing everyday in Chicago. Not eveb last fall when he watched from the bench while the Cubs were over 20 games out, stupid.

Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: April 12, 2011 1:25 am
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Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: April 12, 2011 12:17 am

Fuld runs through cycle in huge offensive game

As a Cubs fan I've always loved the way Fuld plays the game.  He is a gamer.  Although, never known for doing much of anything with his bat, his contributions were always left to the sparkling web gems he made look routine in the outfield.  Unfortunately, the Cubs never gave him a shot to play everyday, but it's nice to see him finally getting the chance to prove himself. 

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