Posts tagged "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 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: Marlon Byrd

Marlon Byrd was a nice surprise last season. He had all the makings of a Jim Hendry bad signing. A guy coming off a career year, plus the face that he was playing Texas. While, Milton Bradley didn’t work out, Mr. Byrd was quite good last season. He’s the perfect player to have on a... Read more »

Spring Training 2011 Mega Preview: Carlos Pena

Spring Training 2011 Mega Preview: Carlos Pena
My gut reaction when I read that the Cubs had signed Carlos Pena this off season was a Nancy Kerriganesque wail of “whyyyyy?”  After all – the guy slugs some homeruns, but he batted Augie Ojeda’s weight last year.   More to the point, over the past two seasons, Pena has batted .212.  Quick –... 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 »