It was just days ago that we were discussing if Dale Sveum was losing it and about to ultimately become just the point A guy for this team.
Then the Cubs went and took 3 out of 4 against the worst team in the league and suddenly everything is looking up. Well let’s not get carried away, however, there have been some things turning the corner for Sveum and his bunch.
Sveum has been both very vocal and visible of late. Most notably, of course, he threatened trips to Iowa for just about anyone that wasn’t doing their job. Did it rattle some people? Maybe.
The Cubs manager also has been playing some more mind games with others through the media. He made some very pointed comments about not giving Carlos Marmol the closer job back because he seemingly pitches better without the pressure of the title.
He even put the rehabbing Ian Stewart on notice to not bother to hurry back unless he was going to be hitting his way here. Sveum almost seems to be relishing the competition between Marmol and the recently returned Kevin Gregg over the closer gig.
Either way, his bullpen has been outstanding of late and the team looks much better for it. Anthony Rizzo has apparently found his swing again after rumors last week that Sveum messed with it. Turns out the coaching staff discovered a flaw on video and Rizzo responded with a big game Friday that included two absolute bombs.
A pretty good week for Sveum, and let’s not forget he also got back his gold glove second baseman, and should soon be getting last year’s ace in Matt Garza back.
Garza should further strengthen what already is the team’s strength. The Cubs starters boast the third best ERA in the league. You have to give the front office credit here; they have really solidified the rotation and it has been without arguably their best starter.
By the way, Carlos Villanueva was a find people.
It really wouldn't even be a stretch to think this team isn't a couple of legit bats away from being competitive in this division. One of those bats will have to be a productive Alfonso Soriano.
That is we shouldn’t look for any outside reinforcements anytime soon. Jed Hoyer has told us the resource cupboard is bare.
Some of you may not think it helps the big picture for this team to be competitive this year. However, resources are not spent exclusively on aging free agents. I’m still hearing rumbles that Theo Epstein isn't too happy with his limitations thus far.
Someone I talked to today reminded me of some names that he wishes Theo would have had the dough to add, players that few could argue wouldn’t have helped on both the present and future fronts.
“Imagine if Theo had had the money to win bids for Yu Darvish and or Hyun-Jin Ryu”.
I wonder how much Theo is doing just that.