Well as you probably could have guessed i have given up my dreams of post season glory and resigned to the hope of a strong finish. All i want are some positive signs for next year. The recent sweep of the Pirates is nice but we need to continue the trend, that has been the main problem this year, consistency. Jeff Baker has looked great since joining the Cubs and especially this month, and road trip. So hopefully that is a sign that he can be the starting 2nd baseman next year as the Mike Fontenot expirement failed. Lee has gotten his power stroke back, Harden proved that he can be moderatly healthy 2 years in a row now (140+ Inn), Hoffpauir is looking decent again, and Marmol is thriving in the closers role. There have been many other positve signs and hopefully this season will show Jim Hendry not to F### with team chemistry again. And i know i beat the horse to death on this but we need to dump some salary and build up our young talent. Here is my hopefull roster projections for next year.
LF- Soriano ( I would like to get somebody else here but i dont know how we can with his contract and poor performance this year.)
RF- Fox( Bradley will be gone, and they need to teach Jake how to play here because he can hit no matter what)
1. Zambrano ( or someone else, i think we need to get rid of him)
CL- Marmol ( I think he finally is ready for the role based on his performance down the stretch)