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Category:MLB
Posted on: July 22, 2009 10:09 pm
 

Succesful Road Trip

Well the Cubs went 5-2 on this road trip so you have to count it as a success, It ended how it started with a win. The only frustrating part is that the two games that the Cubs lost the Cardinals also lost on those days. Thus squandering an oppertunity to gain some ground on them. But at least we have held our own in second place for about a week. The Phillies series had been somewhat dissapointing until today for the fact that the offense wasnt performing the way it was in Washington coming up with clutch hits. But today they were rolling. Good road trip and hopefully we can have an even better homestand.

Category: MLB
Posted on: July 19, 2009 12:52 pm
 

Post All Star Break Surge

Well things are starting to improve and i can only hope this leads to a better second half. I know that they are only playing the Nationals which is basicly a bad minor league team but all the same, with the way the Cubs have struggled on the road this is a good sign winning 3 straight coming off the all star break. Lets recap the past three games.

Game 1

The highlight of that game for me was the Harden looked like his old self pitching 7 effective innings and striking out 7 to improve to 6-6 on the year. Derek Lee also homered in that game to add to his total of 18 HR.

Game 2

The highlights of this game were clutch hits and Z getting out of trouble, he only lasted 5 innings and didnt realy have any stuff but managed to hold them to 1 run. He also had a two run double and A-ram hit a solo shot his first homer since coming off the DL.

Game 3

The highlight of this game was Soriano's HR, hopefully this will break him out of his month long slump. Randy didnt pitch that great but the offense bailed him out to get the win, and Kevin Gregg pitched effectivly again.

The Cubs are now tied for second with the Brewers and only 2 games out of first. There has been significant improvment in several areas that are contributing to there little surge. Clutch hitting has been the major factor, this seasons biggest struggle has been runners in scoring position. They have not been able to get those timley hits that came frequntly last season. The past few games it has improved. The Bullpen has also been more effective, Kevin Gregg struggled early on this year but has finally settled down and become an above average closer. Heilman is still crappy but Marmol is showing signs of better control and Angel Guzman has been pretty good. With these factors being added to the great starting pitching it should be a better first half.
Posted on: July 7, 2009 3:04 pm
 

Allstar break is almost upon us

The All star break is nearly here, so i wanted to break down what has happened thus far and grade player performances.

Record as of July 7th-  41-39

Starting rotation-

Carlos Zambrano- 4-3   Im waiting for Big Z to go on a tear, he has pitched okay but the bullpen hasnt helped him out either. Grade C +
Ryan Dempster-  5-5   So far Dempester has showed that last year was a fluke and he just performed for his contract.   Grade C
Ted Lilly-             8-6  Lilly has been the most consistent starter for the Cubs the past 3 years and is their lone all star  Grade  B +
Rich Harden-       5-5  Has been inconsistent and injury prone, he needs a good second half.                                      Grade  D + 
Randy Wells-      4-3  Has been dominant since coming up even with recieving bad run support.                                  Grade  A

Bullpen-

CL- Kevin Gregg- 15 sv  He has started to settle down, he was awful at the begining of the season but has had a solid June. Grade C +
SU- Carlos Marmol- He has shown flashes of dominance although not like last year, he is very wild.                                    Grade  C +
SU- Aaron Heilman- Has been really bad most of the season, he is better as a middle reliever.                                           Grade D +


C- Geovany Soto-  He has gone through a sophmore slump but is starting to wake up.                                                Grade C

1B- Derek Lee-  After an awful april has become the best hitter on the team.                                                             Grade B +

- Has been split between a lot of players the best fit being Jake Fox on offense and Andres Blanco on defense            Grade D +

SS- Ryan Theriot- Has increased power but batting average and on base percentage have gone down.                            Grade B

3B- Aramis Ramirez is finaly returning from his injury. While he was gone this was a though position to fill.                     Grade D

LF- Alfonso Soriano- Started out hot but has cooled off really bad. Needs to have a good second half             Grade C

CF- Split between Fukudome, and Reed Johnson has been very average                                                      Grade C +

RF- Milton Bradley- May be the biggest disappointment on this team, and a waste of 30 million dollars                    Grade D

1st half Grade- C

They have underachieved to an extreme, that being said they only 2 1/2 games out of first. If they have a good second half they could win the division. The offense needs to be consistent and the bullpen needs to keep the leads. The Starting pitching needs to continue what its doing, the main reason the starters dont have a ton of wins is bad run support and many blown games by the bullpen.If they can maintain what they have been doing and the other parts of the team can improve they could be in the playoffs. This has been a year of career worst so if they could get in that would be amazing.

Category: MLB
Posted on: June 18, 2009 7:16 pm
 

Finally something good

I havnt posted for a while because i was tired of posting negative things all the time. The Cubs have been very frustrating but today was a nice feeling victory. After watching them through the first 7 innings i was thinking here we go again. But Lee, and Soto's home runs had me on my feet and then Sorianos game winning rbi single had me jumping up and down along with every other cubs fan in the country. I have noticed that Soto has taken some better swings this past month, and Milton Bradley's average has climbed to over .240 and Derek's hitting streak is at 14 or 15 games. So hopefully this was a sign of things to come. I have been hearing rumors of the Cubs signing Pedro Martinez and a lot of people arnt for it because we are struggling on offense not pitching, but i actualy think it would be a good move. The objective of signing him would not be for him to put up amazing numbers but maybe to make room for pitchers to be traded, Randy Wells could be trade bait. He would also provide a good clube house presence as a veteran player and might be able to put this team back together and the rest of the staff could learn things from him. Anyways im going to the Reds v.s White Sox game tommorow at Great American Ballpark and i wont be able to post till late tommorow night so see you then.

Posted on: June 12, 2009 8:14 pm
 

Cubs offense.....frustrating

God, how did the best offense in the National league become one of the worst. Dont answer i already know, Aramis Ramirez needs to get back fast, and i wish we had Mark DeRosa back. The offense just cant seem to get in sync. Today for example Milton Bradley was actualy hitting the ball. Although he was horrible in the field. But the rest of the offense was silent. But yesterday it was Derek Lee who scored the only run. They keep getting production from one person a night but no more than that. That is the key reason i think they are struggling. Everyone is getting in slumps together, they leave to many on base. Now today wasnt good pitching either so we cant completely blame the offense but before today Cubs starter had rung together around 7 consecutive quality starts. They have the lowest staff ERA of anybody. They are on fire, but so far it hasnt translated into wins and its because of the offense. People keep saying we need to get Peavy but what would that do, we already have good pitching we need offense. We need to do a couple of things before the deadline. We need to dump Bradley, we need to find a infielder who can hit, and get a reliever. If we can adress those 3 things we can bounce back. Plus when A-Ram comes back that should give a boost anyways he is the guy who drives in runs. I'll look around and fins some payers we could get.

Category: MLB
Posted on: June 10, 2009 11:17 am
 

Cubs dominating Astros

So far this season the Cubs are 6-2 against the Astros while only being 2 games over .500 against the entire division. They really have the stros number right now. Last night Ted Lilly got his 6th straight win against the Astros shutting them down in 6 2/3 innings. It was also nice to see the offense come out last night. Everbody was hitting except for Theriot, and Bradley. Fontenot went 4-5 with a homer, Derek lee went 2-3 with 3 walks, Soto went 3-4. Even Andres Blanco had a double and i think he had a single to. They were on a role last night and they improved to 29-26 and are only 2 1/2 games out of first and tied for second with the Cards and Reds. Hopefully they can continue to gain ground on the Brewers. Zambrano and Dempster will finish up this series. Zambrano ptiches tonight against Wandy Rodriquez who had been hot until everyone figured out how to hit against him. Hopefully Zambrano will pitch like he did in his last start and the offense can continue it's recent success.
Posted on: June 8, 2009 9:40 pm
 

Cubs take series with Reds

I was very happy at the end of the 14th inning of the rubber game of the Cubs v.s Reds series. Soriano came through in a clutch situation and the bullpen was great in extras, although Marmol and Heilman struggled and Wells was robbed of a win again. I think the key is to not use heilman at all he probably should be designated for assignment. I know i came on here a few days ago and hated on gregg but he does have the mentality of a closer, but he dosnt have amazing stuff. I liked what i saw from Waddel, Ascanio, Patton, and of course Guzman who has been our best reliver as of late. He has filled the middle relief role but we might want to switch his and marmols roles. Marmols has electric stuff but horrible control, he obviously has no clue were the ball is going. Until he can fix his control he should be used in middle relief and Guzman should be setup. The Cubs have the relievers to do the job they just have to use the right ones. Stay away from Heilman.

Posted on: June 3, 2009 10:38 pm
 

Cubs win in extras

Good to see the Cubs pull this one off. Lilly turned in another solid performance, he is really showing that he is the most consistent starter on this team. The bullpen hung on in extras to secure the win, and Gregg didnt look half bad. Another side note Derek Lee (my favorite player) went 2-3 with a walk to raise his average to .262. He has started to pick it up recently but you had to believe he would he has been a very consistent player over his career. See ya tommorow.
 
 
 
 
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