Posts in category "Season Previews"

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 »

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 »

2011 Mega Spring Training Preview: Matt Garza

  Even though the #1 rule of Spring Training stats is to take them with a grain of salt – I can’t help but get a little caught up in what we’re seeing this spring from Matt Garza.  In 5 outings (13 2/3 innings pitched), Garza has allowed 26 baserunners and 15 runs to score. ... Read more »

2011 Mega Spring Traning Preview: Carlos Marmol

Remember when Carlos Marmol was a starter? The year was 20aught6. Marmol started 13 games and pitched 77 innings that season, compiling a 5-7 record. In those 77 innings, he gave up 52 earned runs (6.08 ERA), walked 59 batters, and recorded 59 strikeouts. Woof. Now let’s fast-forward to 2010. In almost the exact same... Read more »

Spring Training 2011 Mega Preview: Carlos Zambrano

I assure you it is only by accident that I have written three articles about a Cubs player named Carlos.  Pity Carlos Pena, who is like an Oreo frosting of sanity smooshed between two chocolate cookies of loco el crazio that is Carlos “too fat to fail” Pena and Carlos “ME GRITAN COSAS LOCAS EN ESPAÑOL”... Read more »

Spring Training 2011 Mega Preview: Alfonso Soriano

Spring Training 2011 Mega Preview: Alfonso Soriano
Some people really hate Alfonso Soriano. For example, take this drunk woman I met in the bleachers last summer. Soriano hit two home runs in the game and basically carried the offense for the Cubs that night. Now I’m not Sori’s biggest fan either, but I can appreciate a good night at the plate as... Read more »

Spring 2011 Mega Preview - Blake DeWitt

I know how I would like to write this particular preview.  See, we have four middle infielders in camp that will make the roster.  Starlin Castro is the shortstop, and Darwin Barney will most likely fill the “young guy serving his apprenticeship as the utility guy” role, which leaves us with DeWitt and Jeff Baker. ... Read more »

Spring 2011 Mega Preview: Jeff Baker

When used properly, Jeff Baker absolutely can be an asset to a big-league club.  Unfortunately, that wasn’t always the case last year.  Coming into 2010, some were expecting a big break-out season from Baker.  After being discarded by the Rockies early in 2009, the Cubs picked him up and he posted an OPS of .810... Read more »

Spring Training 2011 Mega Preview: Carlos Silva

A look behind the curtains – we love doing these Season Previews.  In fact, we often assign them to our crack staff of writers at the very beginning of Spring Training, before we really have any clear indication as to what will happen.  In other words, I’ve had Carlos Silva on my tab ever since... Read more »

Spring Training 2011 Mega Preview: Kosuke Fukudome

Spring Training 2011 Mega Preview: Kosuke Fukudome
There are two things we know for certain about Kosuke Fukudome: (1) Barring injury, he will be on the Opening Day roster; (2) This will be his last season as a member of the Chicago Cubs. With a slew of young outfielders (Tyler Colvin, Brett Jackson, Matt Szczur, James Adduci, etc.) developing quickly and the... Read more »