Posts tagged "Carlos Pena"

Blind, unconditional trust in Theo Epstein must continue

Blind, unconditional trust in Theo Epstein must continue
On MLB radio today, Jim Memelo and Todd Hollandsworth noted quite correctly that if Jim Hendry was still in the Cubs’ GM chair, with the underwhelming lack of activity so far, that we Cubs fans would be storming 1060 W. Addison with torches and pitchforks.  I mean, eff you, Memelo…I don’t even own a pitchfork!... Read more »

2011 Player Recap: Carlos Pena

2011 Player Recap: Carlos Pena
Welcome to the 2011 Chicago Cubs Recap: Part 1 – Blog for the Dumped.  In this series, we’ll take a closer look at the players we aren’t expecting to return in 2011. Today’s featured star is the Cubs one-shot first baseman, Carlos Pena.  Pena, by the way, is reportedly a player who is so smart... Read more »

A shortlist for improvement, Part 1

A shortlist for improvement, Part 1
Historically I’m a huge fan of the Hot Stove season.  It’s nice to cultivate ridiculous fantasies, such as the Cubs rebuilding in a swift series of moves centering around the acquisition of talented young players for Chicago’s crappy crop of minor leaguers who might develop into the next Luis Montanez if they’re lucky. In this... Read more »
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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 »

As dust settles, here are Cubs three trades I think will happen.

After the last spate of injuries, combined with the team’s 29-game losing streak (at least it seemed that long), the Cubs blogosphere appeared to go into sell mode. “Blow this team up!” “Trade everyone!” “I have feelings too!” “Do you even go to this school?” Etc. And as is always the case with trade talk,... Read more »
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What's that guy's name again? Aramis something-something?

Most of the bitching about how terrible the Cubs have been this year has been directed at a few key cogs that appear to be overpromising and underdelivering. “Pena will hit 80 bombs! Garza will throw 90 shutouts! Byrd will slug .500, even though his second-highest full-year home run total is 12!” Meanwhile, Aramis Ramirez... Read more »

Monday Morning News Blitz

Welcome to a new feature here at GROTA. Every Monday morning, I will blitz through the stories from the three major Cub publications (The Tribune, Daily Herald and The Sun-Times). We will look at what trends are going on, and see what our beat writers think, while providing some commentary.   Now it’s time to... Read more »

Starlin could double Pena's hits total.

Maybe this isn’t a totally remarkable statement, but I think it’s worth noting: all other factors aside, Starlin Castro could easily tally twice the number of hits that Carlos Pena does over the course of a season. This continues to be the only image of Castro we have on file, and I’m not the type... Read more »
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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 »