Archive for August 2011

So what will the Cubs look like in 2012?

So what will the Cubs look like in 2012?
First things first: Carlos Pena’s 2011 OPS+ is 115, and Aramis Ramirez’ is 139. Who is going to play first base for us next year?  Going into this season, we eagerly counted and re-counted the dollars still on the books for 2012, trying to figure out how we might pay Albert Pujols his $25 million... Read more »

Someone yelled, Who Fired Jim Hendry?, when after all, it was you and me

Someone yelled, Who Fired Jim Hendry?, when after all, it was you and me
Pleased to meet you, hope you guessed my name. As I write this, we are down 3-1 to the Cardinals.  I thought we would instantly be better?? Well, even if we get stomped by the Evil Satanic Fowl, today is a good day, as you might expect, now that Jim Hendry’s termination was announced.  I... Read more »

What Tyler Colvin Can and Can't Do

The answer to this titular pondering is probably clear to most Cubs fans: Tyler Colvin can hit the ball hard, but he can’t hit the ball consistently. It was his power that made Colvin a pretty useful player in 2010 — 20 HR, .500 SLG — despite a .316 OBP. And it’s what fans were... Read more »
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Why Zambrano's tantrum is, really, a very good thing for the Cubs

Why Zambrano's tantrum is, really, a very good thing for the Cubs
OK, in order for this line of reasoning to work, you have to agree with the premise that: all that matters for the Cubs is the future right now.  What happens the rest of this season doesn’t mean dick, because Hendry and Quade are being entirely short sighted, ignoring playing prospects in order to possibly... Read more »

Fire Jim Hendry. Hire Kim Ng.

Fire Jim Hendry. Hire Kim Ng.
MLB Trade Rumors just released its first ever list of top GM candidates for MLB, something that Cub fans should be reviewing given the tenuous status of our current leadership’s job security. And while you’re perusing that, allow me to direct your attention to one name in particular on that list: Kim Ng. Ng is... Read more »

Call B-Jax up already, so he can teach these guys about OBP.

Here are the on-base percentages of the guys we know will be Cubs in 2012, looking at plate appearances since Opening Day 2010 (league average OBP since then has been around .322): Geovany Soto: .361 Marlon Byrd: .348 Starlin Castro: .344 LEAGUE AVERAGE: ~.320 Jeff Baker: .318 Tony Campana: .314 Darwin Barney: .313 Aramis Ramirez:... Read more »
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Why The Cubs Suck: Look At Iowa

If you love baseball, you probably already visit Baseball-Reference a few times a week. One of the most intriguing sections of their team page for the Cubs lists the team’s record in games started by a certain pitcher. Again, this isn’t pitcher decisions; this is whether or not the team won the game when Pitcher... Read more »

Starlin Castro, One Year Later

One thing is for sure: Starlin Castro can hit. With nearly 1,000 major league plate appearances under his belt, Castro is an established .300 hitter — and he’s 21 freaking years old. But what else can we say about Castro’s skill set, roughly 1,000 PAs after his debut? Let’s look at some more sabery stuff... Read more »

For true Cubs fans, your worst fears have been realized

For true Cubs fans, your worst fears have been realized
“Quade explained he wanted to play Reed Johnson two days in a row “to see where he’s at,” referring to his recent back issues, and also because he had strong career numbers (8-for-13) against Maholm.” – Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune More Quade: when asked about Carlos Pena’s comment that the Cubs need a “cultural change”... Read more »
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What Might Have Been, Had The Cubs Made Trades

Suppose the Cubs had done a lot more at the deadline. Suppose they moved Reed Johnson and Carlos Pena. Suppose they moved Ramirez, Byrd, and Baker too, punting on 2012 as well as 2011. And suppose they ate Alfonso Soriano’s contract and shipped him off to New York. This is who’d be left for the... Read more »