It's probably a bit easy to lose your head about these Cubs during this 15-4 August. During this August where seemingly everyone in the lineup is winning a game at some point, where no deficit at any point causes you to say to yourself anything other than, "Eh, we've got this." So maybe this isn't the time to do this, because no team is as good as when they are at their hottest. Just as the Cubs weren't as bad as they were when they got swept by Philly. But I feel like I have to ask the question: Is this the best Cubs team of my lifetime?
It seems a ridiculous question on the surface. This team was merely supposed to be the display model before the ones in the years after assuredly took that title. We were supposed to see the shells of what eventually will be the best Cubs team of our lifetime, but not quite there yet. And it seems silly because likely, you'd think, this team will only win 89 games at the very low end to 95 at the very high.
The best team of my lifetime was 2008's, which won 97 games. Sorry 2003, but that was an 88-win team that merely got hot at the right time (until it went very cold at the absolute wrong time). I was only three in 1984, so I can't really count it. We know now the '89 team was something of a lightning-in-a-bottle, Zimmer's Dr. Weird act. So really, it's just a comparison between this year's and '08. The results I found to be really surprising...
Sorry folks, was out of town last week.
It's funny. When your team is mired in a losing streak, you'll very quickly let someone tell you why it's not as bad as it looks, as after all no team ever goes 0-162. You're quite easily buoyed. But it doesn't go the other way. When the Cubs are in the middle of this ridiculous streak, the last thing you want to hear is that they're probably not THIS Good. It's a real challenge to be deflated. In the back of our minds, we know that the Cubs are probably not quite this much of a force. But we won't listen to that voice until we have to.
Before the season, I said the Cubs would win 88 games. I knew that was on the high side of the optimistic scale. People made sure I knew that as well. Well, now 88 wins would seem... still good, but a little flat? The Cubs merely only have to remain .500 the rest of the way to get to 90 wins. And with games against the Braves, Reds, Phillies (despite whatever that was in July), and Brewers, wouldn't .500 be the least we should suspect? Where could this end...
Editor’s Note: Today we have a very special edition of Anarchist’s Brunch. Adam’s brother Sam, whom many of you know from his outstanding Blackhawks blog and program/newsletter, The Committed Indian. I Know The Way So Don’t You Run Away by Sam Fels I think the first thing to know about my brother and baseball is... Read more »
We have another special guest scouting post for you today from Kevin. This time on Cubs 2nd round pick Jake Stinnett, who was regarded as the best college senior in the draft. That may be a dubious distinction, like being the fastest catcher (though the Cubs seem to have that as well in Mark Zagunis),... Read more »
It’s been a trying year for the Cubs and their fans, who must endure a 3rd straight losing season. Long-time reader Michael Caldwell thinks it’s not yet time for despair. There has been some progress and let’s face it…we knew what we were getting into with this rebuild. Talking Cub fans off the ledge byMichael Caldwell... Read more »
Weary of the managerial search? Too much information? Conflicting speculation got your head spinning? Are so-called “sources” the source of your frustration? Well, reader Mike has the answer for all of you, simplifying all the criteria into one elegant, yet very manly solution. Hey man, have you seen my ‘stache? Could the secret to a... Read more »
You may or may not know that I was terribly ill yesterday and so I went to bed at about 11 pm, which is very, very early for me. Because of that, I did not write the minor league recap. Luckily, we had reader Josh Ohnemus (you can follow him at @ohnemusj on Twitter) attend... Read more »
This is a guest post by Alex (AJ) Walsh. Alex has posted here a couple of times and you may remember him from the Cubs website Goat Riders of the Apocalypse and he also once wrote for MLB Trade Rumors. We always enjoy his opinion here and here’s his humorous take on the possibility of... Read more »
Editor: The following is a guest post from long-time reader Matt Mosconi. Matt isn’t just a fan of baseball and statistics. For all you local foodies, he also writes a blog here on Chicago Now called Chicago’s Worldly Tastes. For his day job, Matt is a Sales Strategy Analyst and in this post he analyzes... Read more »
Like many of us, long time reader and contributor Michael Caldwell has taken an interest in the ability to trade for competitive balance picks — so much so that he researched and wrote this excellent piece on the scenarios. We believe the Cubs would very much like to acquire draft picks to boost the rebuilding... Read more »