Quick Thoughts

Here are some things I’ve liked, some I’ve disliked and some other random tidbits to take in. A quick shout out to the Blackhawks for their first round victory. What a game Monday night.

  • Through 20 games, not a single Cubs starter other than Zambrano has an ERA above 2.60: Dempster (2.60), Wells (2.49), Gorzelanny (2.40), Silva (1.73) and Lilly (0.00). That is a pretty incredible rotation.
  • Through 20 games the Cubs starters are 8-4 combined. The bullpen is 2-6 and they only converted three of their seven save chances. Marmol is doing just fine – saving three of four – it’s the rest of the pen that’s struggling.
  • The Cubs have five players with at least three homeruns and five players with double digit RBI’s.
  • Aramis Ramirez belongs to both of those groupings despite his .145 average. He’s really going to have to step it up. Maybe it’s time to give Tracy some time at third. Relax, I’m thinking just for a game or two to give Ramirez some time to regroup.
  • Geovany Soto’s .517 OBP is the 2nd highest since 1952 behind only Rick Monday.
  • A big sigh of relief to have Grabow out of the set-up man role, and a big $%#* for replacing him with Zambrano.
  • Zambrano actually looked pretty good in his second relief appearance. However, there’s no way I will ever change my mind on this being a bad move. I understand the need for some help in the bullpen, but that’s not a good enough reason to demote one of your horses. And Big Z can say he doesn’t care all he wants, I don’t believe him. He’s too competitive to be happy with coming in and pitching one or two innings.
  • How huge has Marlon Byrd been this year? He’s batting .355 with 3 homeruns and team high 15 RBI’s. He already has 27 hits, 11 of which are for extra bases. I was trying to figure out the last legitimate center fielder the Cubs had and it’s hard to remember. Jim Edmonds was decent for one year and guys like Kenny Lofton and Brian McRae were adequate, but there haven’t been many in the last 20 years. Let’s hope Byrd can keep it going.
  • A buddy of mine (who happens to be a Sox fan) was trying to tell me that the Cubs should put Soriano as 2nd to get him out of the outfield. I had to laugh, do you really want him in the middle of your infield? Sorry Tumper, but I just don’t see that happening.
  • I’m really starting to like Tyler Colvin a lot. That kid has a great swing. He’s batting .333 with three homers – not a bad start to your rookie campaign.
  • The bullpen finally looked all right in that Milwaukee series. We definitely seem to have the Brewers number this year.
  • How embarrassing for both the Cubs and Nationals pitchers on Monday night. Silva walked Willingham with the bases loaded in the fourth inning, but the Nationals pitchers far outdid that. John Lannan walked Carlos Silva on four pitches to plate a run. He walked the friggin pitcher with the bases loaded. Not to be outdone, Brian Bruney walked in the winning run in the tenth on four pitches.
  • Just watched Tom Gorzelanny go to 0-3 on the year with an ERA under 3.00. That’s some tough luck right there.
  • Also just watched the Bulls lose a close one to end their season. I expected much more out of this team. It’s not that they lost to the Cavs, it’s the fact that they should have been able to perform better throughout the season. That way they would have a chance to play an easier opponent and possibly make an impact in the playoffs. Regardless, it was good to see Rose and Noah improve so much this season and it’s going to be very interesting to see how the offseason goes. With any luck the Bulls will be able to pick up one of the big free agents to help these young guys out. If so, you can bet this team will make a deeper run next year.

 

 

 


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  1. Tumper says:

    Ray-J,

    If “Sweet Lou” wasn’t such a puss, we’d potentially see soriano at 2nd base….I beg to differ that he’d do more damage here than in the OF….I mean let’s be honest, it’s the fly balls that he can’t handle….no one would have to hold their breath when a ball was hit out there anymore. On top of that, you’d have a big boost in the lineup getting extra at bats for either Nady, Colvin or Fukudome….ALL improvements over Fontenot (who doesn’t belong on ANY starting roster in MLB) Keep in mind Soriano is a natural infielder and would pick it up much quicker than he has LF. Call it crazy, but let’s be honest….wouldn’t it be worth a shot??? I mean, if the upgrade in offense wasn’t enough, finally no cub fan would have to see that ridiculous hop.

    Good points overall (besides your soriano argument)…keep up the good work kid.

    MJT

  2. ray.joselane ray.joselane says:

    I understand where you’re coming from, but I just don’t see it happening. The idea of getting more at-bats out of Colvin and Nady is definitely the most intriguing aspect of your argument, but I still think Soriano at 2nd would make me just as uncomfortable as watching him in left. In reality, he shouldn’t be going anywhere near the field other than on the basepaths. He’s a DH but the Cubs have no choice but to throw him somewhere. I wouldn’t put it past Lou to make that change, but, personally, I would rather see Castro come up in place of Fontenot.

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