Posts in category "Defense"

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 »

Unconditional Faith in Theo Must Endure

So, the lineup that needs NO introduction, because, even if I introduced it, nobody would care….your 2012 Chicago Cubs! DeJesus RF, Barney 2B, Castro SS, LaHair 1B, Soriano LF, Stewart 3B, Byrd CF, Soto C, Dempster P. A 22 year old third hitter, a Quadruple A poster boy, a miserable, godforesaken contract, a rookie-of-the-year who... Read more »

Starlin Castro - The Education of a Shortstop?

Starlin Castro - The Education of a Shortstop?
Cover image, of course, from si.com Welcome to the time of year between the off-season player acquisition push and the customary best time of the year for Cubs fans, “pitchers and catchers report”.  It is quite unlikely that Matt Garza will be dealt this winter, and outside of the last minute push to sign Yoen(n)is... Read more »
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2011 Player Recap - Matt Garza

2011 Player Recap - Matt Garza
In the spirit of timeliness, let’s recap the previous season of the team’s tastiest trade bait, one Matt Garza. Recapping his numbers, he had a 10-10 record with a 3.32 ERA.  He left with leads several times, only to have them blown by the bullpen.  Many of those blown games were due to defensive lapses.  Also... Read more »

2011 Player Recap - Blake DeWitt

2011 Player Recap - Blake DeWitt
A couple of months ago, my dad and I road tripped down to Memphis to visit my son, drink on Beale St, laugh at how crappy Graceland actually is, etc.  Along I-55, in Sikeston, MO, sits Lambert’s Cafe, the World’s HQ of gluttony and the originator of that most quaint of Midwestern traditions, throwed rolls. ... Read more »

Cubs - one man's opinion of the most useful tool Theo should look for in his players

Cubs - one man's opinion of the most useful tool Theo should look for in his players
According to Baseball Prospectus, and it should come as no surprise given that over half the teams have built new retro-parks which borrow shamelessly from Wrigley Field, the Cubs’ home park index is very near 100 both offensively and defensively.  For the uninitiated, 100 is league average.  But as we all know, the Friendly Confines... Read more »
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Why do we even bother - The 2011 Cubs at the halfway point

They’ve played 79 games….eeeeh, close enough. In situations such as the one your 2011 Chicago Cubs find themselves in, the biggest commodity that needs to be doled out is “blame”, although there are some reasons for “praise” as well.  When discharging your own personal Protected By Our Constitution Assault Weapon of Blame, you may choose... Read more »

We have found out how good the Cubs are....not very.

We have found out how good the Cubs are....not very.
Alfonso Soriano is 35 in Dominican years, which means he is probably 38 in people years. As you all know, he makes 19 million dollars a year, which represents about a fifth of the payroll.  (Z also makes another 1/5th of the payroll, but more on that in a bit).  For his lion’s share of... Read more »

After 6 games, records mean squat in Cubs history

So, after a fairly miserable 2010, the 2011 Cubs have started the year 3 and 3. Guess what?  After a miserable 1983, the 1984 Cubs started out 3 and 3.  After an awful 2002, the 2003 Cubs started out 3 and 3.  After a pathetic 2006 (which started out 4-2, BTW) the 2007 Cubs started... Read more »
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