Archive for April 2012

OMG, looks like we got a gee-nee-yuss in our midst

OMG, looks like we got a gee-nee-yuss in our midst
Paul Sullivan, on Bryan LaHair: “I think everyone in the clubhouse knows this isn’t the easiest place to hit home runs this time of the season,” LaHair said. “We all accept that. For me, I’m just trying to hit low line drives, ground balls through the hole, going to the gap… You try to hit... Read more »

Geovany Soto Ought To Be a Tampa Bay Ray

The Rays need a catcher. The Cubs need a rebuild. Why can’t we be friends? There isn’t a place on this team for Geovany Soto, as Rob has pointed out many a time on this blog (you’ve felt that way since how long, Rob? 2009?). I’ve been a Soto fan for a long time; he... Read more »

Cubs trade Byrd, let's not stop there

Cubs trade Byrd, let's not stop there
Dave Van Dyck, Chicago Tribune baseball bigfoot: Even though they tried to lower expectations heading into the season, it became clear the Cubs‘ new front office had no desire to tolerate their team losing six straight games and starting the season with a .214 winning percentage. This is wonderful news, to me.  First, let metake... Read more »
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With respect to Cubs Den John, this is NOT rebuilding

With respect to Cubs Den John, this is NOT rebuilding
No, this isn’t what I would call rebuilding.  The results are rebuilding-esque results.  And maybe it might be the best thing, long term, if the Cubs lost the most games in baseball in 2012, if they are then allowed the top pick in the 2013 Draft.  Perhaps, even, I might accept the notion that it is... Read more »

Review - OOTP 2013

I am, admittedly, a simulation junkie. I have been playing simulation baseball programs for more than 10 years now, starting with the old Baseball Mogul and moving on to OOTP way back in 2003ish. In that time, I’ve come to realize just how ridiculously fun – and addicting – these games can be. OOTP 2013 continues... Read more »

Cubs 2012 - Week 2 Recap

Cubs 2012 - Week 2 Recap
Let’s recap everything that matters thus far the past two weeks: Jeff Samardzija – barely finished a fifth inning that he entered with a nine-run lead.  Maybe he requires the rush of close competition.  It sure looked like he completely lost focus Friday evening.  Darwin Barney – does not hit like a starting big league... Read more »
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One week with the New Cubs. Seven games. Five losses. Why?

One week with the New Cubs.  Seven games.  Five losses.  Why?
Or: The Most Important Statistics to the 2012 Cubs – Redux First of all – A. J. got himself hitched!  Now we’re all old married guys!  We can all start discussing mulching mowers and man caves (aka we get a WHOLE room in our houses to OURselves? Who cares if its the basement or garage?... Read more »

The Most Important Statistic For The 2012 Cubs Organization

It’s walks. It’s early. But things are going well for two key young Cubs. In Iowa, 3B Josh Vitters already has three walks in six games, a 12.5% BB rate (24 PA). His career BB rate is around 4%. He has more walks so far than strikeouts (two). Jeff Samardzija did not walk any batters... Read more »

Paul Sullivan compares the Cubs to an expansion team, and he is right

What if the Cubs didn’t exist before this year, and an expansion draft was held to stock us?  We would end up with a lot of has-beens and might-not-ever-be’s, like Alfonso Soriano, Blake DeWitt, David DeJesus, Marlon Byrd, Ian Stewart, Jeff Baker, Joe Mather, Chris Volstad, Paul Maholm, Ryan Dempster, Shawn Camp…Sully was right, this... Read more »
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Who is in the 2012 Cubs bullpen?

Last Thursday, Cubs management appeared to act decisively in the formation of the current year’s roster after organizational meetings the night before.  Blake DeWitt, Joe Mather, and Steve Clevenger were given good news; Randy Wells, Wellington Castillo and Cubbie Boy (aka Last Year’s Mascot aka Campy aka Tony Campagna) were amongst those who have nothing... Read more »