Posts tagged "Marlon Byrd"

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 »

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

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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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 »

The Ten Best Cubs Right Now: Goat Picks

Again, this list is meant to rank the current Cubs on talent in the current moment. If you needed to win a game tomorrow, who would you ask to pitch? If you needed a hit off a major league pitcher in the next 15 minutes, who would you send to the plate? Yesterday I published... 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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Cubs Recap: Two Cubs need to man the eff up.

Two Cubs need to man the eff up. They are Ryan Dempster and Marlon Byrd. Demp got the nod from Quade to start on Opening Day, and he has responded by allowing 20 runs in his first 25 innings pitched. The teams he has faced are Pittsburgh (?), Arizona (??), Houston (???!?!?) and Colorado (eh,... Read more »