Tag:Cubs
Posted on: November 2, 2009 8:44 pm
 

Profesional Baseball needs a salary cap

Well the Yankees are about to prove for about the millionth time (exagerated number) that you can buy yourself a championship in baseball. If you have enough money you can get all the best players on one team. I think that is the major reason why football has beat out baseball as the most popular sport in the U.S. There is such parity between the good and bad teams in MLB. The same 10 teams are good every year, while the small market teams have to get really good G.M.'s just to make the playoffs. Severe measures need to be put in place to correct the failing system that is currently in place or baseball will continue to lose fans. It gets really boring when the same franchises dominates the league year after year. I realize the players union will freak out if a salary cap is put in place because then Mark Teixera couldnt make the $180 mill he needs to live off of. The players in Major League Baseball are the most overpaid of any sport, the amount of guaranteed money these guys are getting is crazy. 10 years ago this wasnt really a problem, yes the Yankees were very succesful but small market teams were still able to compete against the bigger markets. But now with the minor league talent being treated like free-agents, the big market teams are spending tons of money are foreign prospects and draftees. Thus preventing the smaller markets from building through player development. Lets take a look at the teams that were over .500 and how big their markets are.

New York Yankees
Boston Red Sox
Tampa Bay Rays*

Minnesota Twins*
Detroit Tigers

Los Angeles Angles
Texas Rangers
Seattle Mariners

Philadelphia Phillies
Florida Marlins*
Atlanta Braves

St. Louis Cardinals
Chicago Cubs

Los Angeles Dodgers
Colorado Rockies
San Francisco Giants

With the exception of the Rays, Twins, and Marlins the teams over .500 all have pretty high salaries and fairly large media markets. Teams like the Rays and Marlins have been able to build through the draft, the Rays due to the fact that they were awful for a long time and were able to get high picks. The Marlins have always been smart in analyizing talent and trading their good players for prospects. The Twins are just good at making trades and they have done some building through the draft. The rest of the teams have for the most part built themselves by dominating the free agent market and making trades. Now that does not apply to all of these teams (Giants, Rockies, Braves) but again many of the teams i am listing that arnt that way didnt make the playoffs. Out of the Playoff teams (Yankees, Red Sox, Twins, Angels, Phillies, Dodgers, Cardinals, Rockies)  6 of those teams have high salaries or made big trades for expensive players. Basicaly what im tryig to say is that the big market teams are really dominating the rest of the league and need to be restrained, thats why i believe there needs to be a .....$120 mill salary cap. That way it still gives the better teams some room to get the bigger players but not enough to complete dominate them. And with some shrewd managing any team could have a shot at the World Series. And im not saying all of this because im a fan of a small market team, cause im not im a cubs fan we have a $135 mill payroll. I just want the sport to be fair. And if your a Yankee fan who wants to bash on this post because you are nieve enough to think that the Yankees dont buy themselves championships. Please dont post on here because i am not going to read it.
Posted on: November 1, 2009 9:36 pm
 

Cubs trade rumors

Well the were nearing the end of baseball season, and the hot stove has started to heat up. The big trade discussion for the Cubs is where will Milton Bradley go and what will we get in return. I have heard many possible destinations including Tampa Bay, San Diego, Texas, and Toronto. The big rumor a few weeks ago was a Bradley for Burrell deal with the Cubs still eating a significant amount of salary. I am not a huge Pat Burrell fan but i would perfer just about anybody over Bradley. The latest rumor which was recently denied by Cubs officials was a Bradley for Vernon Wells trade. Now thats an interesting one, i want to take a closer look at that one. One source had confirmed that this rumor had some legs but as i said it was later denied that the Cubs had looked at Wells. But the rumor was that the Cubs and Blue Jays would split the contracts and each eat $43 million. So the Cubs would eat more money and take on a longer term contract for a player who put up similar numbers. But if you take a look its not a bad trade. Lets analyize these 2 players and see which team has the edge.

Milton Bradley- Over his 9 year career he has shown to be injury prone, accumulating over 500 AB in only 1 season. He has a career .277/.371/.450 stat line, which isnt bad he hits for decent contact and is a very patient hitter although that was his undoing this season. He had some speed early in his career but knee injuries go rid of that, and he has become an average to below average fielder. From what i watched of him this past season he would try sometimes but he made a lot of mental errors (throwing a ball in the stands with only 2 outs, losing balls in the sun etc...). But he did post career numbers in 2008 with hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo (read previous blog post to hear praise of Jaramillo) and posted a .321/.436/.563 stat line. So it makes you wonder should the Cubs try to work out their differences with Bradley. But he openly insulted the entire Cubs fan base, he got into physical arguments with Pinella and even other players said he was a distraction. But if you look at his statistical value based on Fan Graphs dollar value system he was worth $5.1 mill last season, but he earned $9 mill. So he did not earn his paycheck last season but could he next season? What is he worth for a trade? Those are all questions that we will find out over the next few months.

Vernon Wells- Over his 9 year career he has shown that he is the opposite of Bradley when it comes to health, in the past 8 years he has only accumulated less than 500 AB once and had accumulated over 600 AB 5 times in that 8 year span. Over his career he has put up a .280/.329/.470 stat line, he isnt as patient as Bradley but he has more pop and hits for simlar contact. He still has some speed, swiping 17 bags last season. but has proved to be a liability in the outfield the past 2 years. He does play CF though which is a position the Cubs are looking to improve. He struggled last season hitting his 2nd lowest batting average of his career (.260). According to Fan Graphs he was woth negative dollars last season, mostly due to his fielding, and over the past 3 years the most he has been worth is $5.5 mill. But it seems that if the Blue Jays want to move on from what is now considered a bad contract this could be a possibly good move. It would let them free up some money, and they would get a player who could potentialy hit over .300 and 20 HR. For the Cubs, he could be moved to RF to help his defense and if he works with new hitting Coach Rudy Jaramillo, plus the general boost that AL hitters get coming to the NL (excluding Milton Bradley) he could be an excelent addition. He would provide another middle of the order hitter to go with Lee, Ramirez, and Soriano. I would love to see a lineup that went

1. Fuld/Fukudome
2. Theriot
3. Lee
4. Ramirez
5. Soriano
6. Wells
7. Soto
8. Baker
9. Pitcher

The only problem is that the whole reason the Cubs signed Bradley was to add a left handed hitter to the middle of the order to provide a balanced attack. Wells is a righty and would then cause the lineup to be 7-1 righty. So basicaly if Hendry makes this trade it defeats the whole purpose of why we got him in the first place. But Wells has a better history (3 gold gloves, 1 silver slugger, not many injuries) but he is more expensive, and has a longer contract.

Decision- Undecided

I would take this trade and hope Wells plays better, i think he would offensivly but our outfield defense is shakey enough without adding Wells. If we moved him to right that could work. But this would be one of those signature trades for a GM, it can make our break you reputation. If we trade Bradley and then he does amazing the next season it makes Hendry seem impatient. And if Wells dosnt perform your stuck with another Soriano situation. But if Wells plays well and Bradley stays the same it seems like a steal. If i am Hendry i sit on this one to see if there arnt any less risky trades, although with Bradley's performance and attitude almost all the trade offers will have risk. But i think if you really need to get rid of Bradley and this is the best offer you take it. Im just not 100% sure Bradley has to go. I kind of want to see him here for 1 more year then if its bad trade him, because with one year left on his contract he would seem less of a risk and more teams would want him. At the end of discussing this im not sure what i wold do with Bradley, thats why im a fan and Hendry is GM.
Posted on: November 1, 2009 3:12 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2009 9:39 pm
 

MLB Team Analysis- Chicago Cubs

Well as you probably could have guessed based on the title of my blog, I am a Cubs fan. So writing this without being biased is somewhat of a challenge but i'll manage. Lets first start off by discussing what has happened during the off-season thus far. The Cubs were finally sold to the Ricketts family for over $800 million. So now we can finally make things happen, it seemed last offseason the front office couldnt do much due to the fact that the team was in the process of being sold. Although they did make some big moves (none that were positive) they still seemed restrained to do much. Now that has been worked out, also the Cubs have added the best hitting coah in the buisness in Rudy Jaramillo. The Jaramillo signing i think will end up being the best move made, just for the fact that we really struggled last season offensivly. It wasnt that we didnt have good hitters, but for some reason they all slumped. Jaramillo has worked with Soriano before and hopefully can fix his swing, i also think he will be a positive influence on Soto. So without making a big free-agent splash the Cubs will be able to improve their offense. Lets take a look at the team by sections.

Rotation- B

1. Carlos Zambrano
2. Ryan Dempster
3. Ted Lilly
4. Randy Wells
5. Tom Gorzelanny

Carlos Zambrano hasnt lived up to his contract so far in his career. Did Dusty ruin his arm? Zambrano should be in his prime, but he really hasnt contributed the way he should. He has a lot of talent, but he has been injured a lot the past 3 years and is wild. He is no longer an ace if he ever was but is a solid top of the rotation guy. Ryan Dempster , although he didnt get the wins this season he pitched fairly well, and proved he didnt just pitch for money last season. He still pitched 200 innings, even with some time on the DL. He still has some gas left in the tank and should still be a solid middle of the rotation guy. Ted Lilly was the best pitcher on the Cubs staff last season, again he didnt get the wins (poor run support) but he had 3.10 ERA which was the lowest of his career. He has decent strikeout potential and competes every day, he is another solid top of the rotation guy. Randy Wells , had he gotten better run support he would have been rookie of the year. But the lack of run support killed his chances although he still posted a 12-10 record with a 3.05 ERA. Wells was the suprise of the year for the Cubs. He has good control, he doesnt strikeout a ton of batters but he doesnt walk a lot either. Hopefully he doesnt have a sophmore slump, he is a great option for the back of the rotation. Tom Gorzelanny came over at the deadline from Pittsburgh and was thrust in a starting role right away. He pitched fairly well in 7 starts with the Cubs. He showed good strikeout potential but he did give up some homeruns. The Cubs hope he can pitch like he did in 2007 as the Pirates ace. He has the potential and is still only 27 years old. The Cubs rotation is what carried them to a winning record last season, hopefully they wont have to rely so heavily on it this season.

Bullpen- C+

CL- Carlos Marmol
SU- Angel Guzman
SU- Sean Marshall
MR- Aaron Heilman
MR- Jeff Samardzidja
MR- Jeff Stevens
MR- Esmalin Caridad

The Carlos Marmol era has begun, he is finally the closer and actually looked better as a closer than set-up man this season. The risk with Marmol is that he is extremley wild (65 BB in 74 IP) but he also strikes out a ton (93K's in 74 IP). He was 15/19 SV/OP last season so he seems ready to be the closer for a full season, he could become one of the top closers next season or he could be very inconsistent. Angel Guzman ws great last season, in 55 apperances he posted a sub 3 ERA (2.95) and had 47 K's. He did suffer an injury late in the season but was effective as a middle reliever. He should move to a set up role and if he continues to pitch how he did this past season he could 20 + holds. Sean Marshall was the lone left reliever early in the season and pitched well but wore out down the stretch. He was relieved as the lefty specialist at the end of the season when the CUbs aquired John Grabow who may be resigned but its not for sure. If so Grabow would be in this spot. Marshall posted a 4.32 ERA in 55 apperances and 9 starts (ERA inflated from starts) and had 68 K's and 32 BB in 85 IP. Aaron Heilman improved from 08 but is still a average middle reliever who is best suited for mip up duty. In 70 apperances he posted a 4.11 ERA 65 K's and 34 BB. Jeff Samardzija, Jeff Stevens, and Esmailin Caridad are all young relievers (Caridad and Samardzidja could be starters) who have a lot of potential. Samardzidja got beat up a lot last year mainly due to the fact that he is a 1-2 pitch guy, he needs some secondary pitches. Stevens and Caridad looked good in their short stints in the majors, i think the Cubs are hoping that one of them breaks out next season. Overal this is an average to above average Bullpen

Infield- B

C- Geovany Soto
1B- Derrek Lee
2B- Jeff Baker
3B- Aramis Ramirez
SS- Ryan Theriot
IF- Mike Fontenot
IF- Andres Blanco

Geovany Soto struggled mightly this season hitting a .218/.321/.381 stat line. Soto was injured a while this season and i think that sophmore slump hit him pretty hard. This is probably the worst you will ever see Soto, he did improve his BB/K ratio and he hit a little bit better at the end of the season. With the help of new hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo and just general improvment after a sophmore slump he should improve significantly. Derrek Lee had his second best season of his career last season posting a .306/.393/.579 stat line. Lee is the Cubs 2nd best hitter and an excellent player. He was the Cubs best hitter last season and he showed this season that he is finally fully recovered from that broken wrist in 2006. Jeff Baker came over from Colorado for virtually nothing and he stabalized second base after Mike Fontenot struggled as a starter. He posted a .305/.362/.448 stat line as a Cub. If he can continue to hit that way he will stay the Cubs starting 2nd baseman for 2010. He also has some versatility, he can play 2nd, 3rd and a little outfield, and has a positive fielding rating at all positions. Aramis Ramirez was sorely missed this season after he seperated his shoulder, Ramirez is the main cog of this Cubs offense posting over 100 RBI's 6 times in his career. Ramirez absence was probably the main cause of the Cubs offensive stuggles last season and with him healthy they should score at least 50 more runs then 2009. Even with all that missed time he still hit a .317/.389/.516 stat line in 306 AB. Ryan Theriot was one of the few healthy players last season, he didnt hit as well as he did in 2008 but still put up a solid .284/.343/.369 stat line. He has decent speed posting his 3rd straight 20+ SB season. Theriot is a pretty average deffender, you could do worse but you could do a lot better to. All and all he is a solid player, the best current player to come out of the Cubs farm system. Mike Fontenot, and Andres Blanco are solid infield options. Fontenot dissappointed as a starter but still has value, he also may have some trade value if the Cubs want to upgrade at 2nd. Blanco is the best deffender on the team, he is a good SS and a good 2nd baseman. His offense isnt great but it gets the job done. This is an above average group, the only place to really improve would be 2nd.

Outfield  C+

LF- Alfonso Soriano
CF- Kosuke Fukudome
RF- Milton Bradley
OF- Sam Fuld
IF/OF- Jake Fox

Alfonso Soriano was another dissappointment on offense last year. It seemed like pitchers just figured out all you have to do is throw a ball in the dirt and he swings at it. He did hit 20 HR but he hit under .250 and is always a liability in the field. Soriano has worked with Jaramillo before and performed well so hopefully he can help some, although i realize i am giving hitting coaches to much credit for what they can fix. But Soriano was really good at the begining of the season so i can only get so mad at him. Plus he is going to be are #6 hitter, he's awfully good for hitting in that spot. Kosuke Fukudome played a little better than last season but still cant hit for a full season. He is an excellent deffender (although he is a better corner outfielder) and he can hit but not all the time. He is more of a 4th outfielder, i would like to see Fuld get more time in center. Milton Bradley will more than likely be gone after this season, but there is still a minute chance he stays. He isnt a great fielder, he is an average hitter and he is a locker room disturbance. Basicaly Jim Hendry wasted $30 million. There are a lot of trade rumors right now, so i have a feeling by the winter meetings he will be somewhere else. Sam Fuld  is probably the most patient hitter on the team and is a hard worker. He dives for balls and competes in every at bat. He has some good speed and could be another Theriot type player. Jake Fox was good in limited playing time posting a .259/.311/.468 stat line. He was excellent in the minors and it really carried over to the majors. He has the power to be a solid corner outfielder and could be trade bait. He can hit but he dosnt have a definate position and isnt very good at any position he plays. If he stays in Chicago he will be a backup forever. All in all this is a potentialy good outfield but this is the area the Cubs need the most work.

Overview B-


The Cubs strength is their rotation which has excellent depth and talent. They have a solid infield and bullpen but if they do not improve the outfield they wont be able to make it to the playoffs. The Cubs are a team that needs some tweaking but not a major overhaul, basically the same situation as last year. Hopefully Jim Hendry's decision making is better this offseason. If the team stays as is they will be 2nd or 3rd in the division. With some additions they could compete with the Cardinals for the division.

* Sorry about the double post of this blog post


Posted on: November 1, 2009 3:11 pm
 

MLB Team Analysis- Chicago Cubs

Well as you probably could have guessed based on the title of my blog, I am a Cubs fan. So writing this without being biased is somewhat of a challenge but i'll manage. Lets first start off by discussing what has happened during the off-season thus far. The Cubs were finally sold to the Ricketts family for over $800 million. So now we can finally make things happen, it seemed last offseason the front office couldnt do much due to the fact that the team was in the process of being sold. Although they did make some big moves (none that were positive) they still seemed restrained to do much. Now that has been worked out, also the Cubs have added the best hitting coah in the buisness in Rudy Jaramillo. The Jaramillo signing i think will end up being the best move made, just for the fact that we really struggled last season offensivly. It wasnt that we didnt have good hitters, but for some reason they all slumped. Jaramillo has worked with Soriano before and hopefully can fix his swing, i also think he will be a positive influence on Soto. So without making a big free-agent splash the Cubs will be able to improve their offense. Lets take a look at the team by sections.

Rotation- B

1. Carlos Zambrano
2. Ryan Dempster
3. Ted Lilly
4. Randy Wells
5. Tom Gorzelanny

Carlos Zambrano hasnt lived up to his contract so far in his career. Did Dusty ruin his arm? Zambrano should be in his prime, but he really hasnt contributed the way he should. He has a lot of talent, but he has been injured a lot the past 3 years and is wild. He is no longer an ace if he ever was but is a solid top of the rotation guy. Ryan Dempster , although he didnt get the wins this season he pitched fairly well, and proved he didnt just pitch for money last season. He still pitched 200 innings, even with some time on the DL. He still has some gas left in the tank and should still be a solid middle of the rotation guy. Ted Lilly was the best pitcher on the Cubs staff last season, again he didnt get the wins (poor run support) but he had 3.10 ERA which was the lowest of his career. He has decent strikeout potential and competes every day, he is another solid top of the rotation guy. Randy Wells , had he gotten better run support he would have been rookie of the year. But the lack of run support killed his chances although he still posted a 12-10 record with a 3.05 ERA. Wells was the suprise of the year for the Cubs. He has good control, he doesnt strikeout a ton of batters but he doesnt walk a lot either. Hopefully he doesnt have a sophmore slump, he is a great option for the back of the rotation. Tom Gorzelanny came over at the deadline from Pittsburgh and was thrust in a starting role right away. He pitched fairly well in 7 starts with the Cubs. He showed good strikeout potential but he did give up some homeruns. The Cubs hope he can pitch like he did in 2007 as the Pirates ace. He has the potential and is still only 27 years old. The Cubs rotation is what carried them to a winning record last season, hopefully they wont have to rely so heavily on it this season.

Bullpen- C+

CL- Carlos Marmol
SU- Angel Guzman
SU- Sean Marshall
MR- Aaron Heilman
MR- Jeff Samardzidja
MR- Jeff Stevens
MR- Esmalin Caridad

The Carlos Marmol era has begun, he is finally the closer and actually looked better as a closer than set-up man this season. The risk with Marmol is that he is extremley wild (65 BB in 74 IP) but he also strikes out a ton (93K's in 74 IP). He was 15/19 SV/OP last season so he seems ready to be the closer for a full season, he could become one of the top closers next season or he could be very inconsistent. Angel Guzman ws great last season, in 55 apperances he posted a sub 3 ERA (2.95) and had 47 K's. He did suffer an injury late in the season but was effective as a middle reliever. He should move to a set up role and if he continues to pitch how he did this past season he could 20 + holds. Sean Marshall was the lone left reliever early in the season and pitched well but wore out down the stretch. He was relieved as the lefty specialist at the end of the season when the CUbs aquired John Grabow who may be resigned but its not for sure. If so Grabow would be in this spot. Marshall posted a 4.32 ERA in 55 apperances and 9 starts (ERA inflated from starts) and had 68 K's and 32 BB in 85 IP. Aaron Heilman improved from 08 but is still a average middle reliever who is best suited for mip up duty. In 70 apperances he posted a 4.11 ERA 65 K's and 34 BB. Jeff Samardzija, Jeff Stevens, and Esmailin Caridad are all young relievers (Caridad and Samardzidja could be starters) who have a lot of potential. Samardzidja got beat up a lot last year mainly due to the fact that he is a 1-2 pitch guy, he needs some secondary pitches. Stevens and Caridad looked good in their short stints in the majors, i think the Cubs are hoping that one of them breaks out next season. Overal this is an average to above average Bullpen

Infield- B

C- Geovany Soto
1B- Derrek Lee
2B- Jeff Baker
3B- Aramis Ramirez
SS- Ryan Theriot
IF- Mike Fontenot
IF- Andres Blanco

Geovany Soto struggled mightly this season hitting a .218/.321/.381 stat line. Soto was injured a while this season and i think that sophmore slump hit him pretty hard. This is probably the worst you will ever see Soto, he did improve his BB/K ratio and he hit a little bit better at the end of the season. With the help of new hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo and just general improvment after a sophmore slump he should improve significantly. Derrek Lee had his second best season of his career last season posting a .306/.393/.579 stat line. Lee is the Cubs 2nd best hitter and an excellent player. He was the Cubs best hitter last season and he showed this season that he is finally fully recovered from that broken wrist in 2006. Jeff Baker came over from Colorado for virtually nothing and he stabalized second base after Mike Fontenot struggled as a starter. He posted a .305/.362/.448 stat line as a Cub. If he can continue to hit that way he will stay the Cubs starting 2nd baseman for 2010. He also has some versatility, he can play 2nd, 3rd and a little outfield, and has a positive fielding rating at all positions. Aramis Ramirez was sorely missed this season after he seperated his shoulder, Ramirez is the main cog of this Cubs offense posting over 100 RBI's 6 times in his career. Ramirez absence was probably the main cause of the Cubs offensive stuggles last season and with him healthy they should score at least 50 more runs then 2009. Even with all that missed time he still hit a .317/.389/.516 stat line in 306 AB. Ryan Theriot was one of the few healthy players last season, he didnt hit as well as he did in 2008 but still put up a solid .284/.343/.369 stat line. He has decent speed posting his 3rd straight 20+ SB season. Theriot is a pretty average deffender, you could do worse but you could do a lot better to. All and all he is a solid player, the best current player to come out of the Cubs farm system. Mike Fontenot, and Andres Blanco are solid infield options. Fontenot dissappointed as a starter but still has value, he also may have some trade value if the Cubs want to upgrade at 2nd. Blanco is the best deffender on the team, he is a good SS and a good 2nd baseman. His offense isnt great but it gets the job done. This is an above average group, the only place to really improve would be 2nd.

Outfield  C+

LF- Alfonso Soriano
CF- Kosuke Fukudome
RF- Milton Bradley
OF- Sam Fuld
IF/OF- Jake Fox

Alfonso Soriano was another dissappointment on offense last year. It seemed like pitchers just figured out all you have to do is throw a ball in the dirt and he swings at it. He did hit 20 HR but he hit under .250 and is always a liability in the field. Soriano has worked with Jaramillo before and performed well so hopefully he can help some, although i realize i am giving hitting coaches to much credit for what they can fix. But Soriano was really good at the begining of the season so i can only get so mad at him. Plus he is going to be are #6 hitter, he's awfully good for hitting in that spot. Kosuke Fukudome played a little better than last season but still cant hit for a full season. He is an excellent deffender (although he is a better corner outfielder) and he can hit but not all the time. He is more of a 4th outfielder, i would like to see Fuld get more time in center. Milton Bradley will more than likely be gone after this season, but there is still a minute chance he stays. He isnt a great fielder, he is an average hitter and he is a locker room disturbance. Basicaly Jim Hendry wasted $30 million. There are a lot of trade rumors right now, so i have a feeling by the winter meetings he will be somewhere else. Sam Fuld  is probably the most patient hitter on the team and is a hard worker. He dives for balls and competes in every at bat. He has some good speed and could be another Theriot type player. Jake Fox was good in limited playing time posting a .259/.311/.468 stat line. He was excellent in the minors and it really carried over to the majors. He has the power to be a solid corner outfielder and could be trade bait. He can hit but he dosnt have a definate position and isnt very good at any position he plays. If he stays in Chicago he will be a backup forever. All in all this is a potentialy good outfield but this is the area the Cubs need the most work.

Overview B-


The Cubs strength is their rotation which has excellent depth and talent. They have a solid infield and bullpen but if they do not improve the outfield they wont be able to make it to the playoffs. The Cubs are a team that needs some tweaking but not a major overhaul, basically the same situation as last year. Hopefully Jim Hendry's decision making is better this offseason. If the team stays as is they will be 2nd or 3rd in the division. With some additions they could compete with the Cardinals for the division.

Posted on: October 12, 2009 8:39 pm
 

Whats next for my blog

Now that the Cubs season is over and post-season baseball is underway. There isnt a lot to talk about for the Cubs. There are not a ton of trade rumors and that's not exactly what i want to talk about. Although i am a Cubs fan i am a true baseball fan and do enjoy watching games in general. I am a stat junkie and love to come up with predictions. So from now until the start of next season i will post my analysis of teams. Which will include where they stand as of now, what they need to improve on, and my suggestions. I will also post trade or free agent signing alalysis on here as well. So if you are already waiting for next years baseball season, you should check in on this blog for info and post comments or questions if you have any.

My next post will be an analysis of the Cincinnati Reds so look out for that.
Category: MLB
Posted on: October 5, 2009 5:38 pm
 

The Season is over.

 Sorry i havent posted in a while, life has been hectic. Well this season is finally over, it is definatly was not a great one. We had to suffer through countless injuries, poor hitting and Milton Bradley. But there are some positives, we got a look at some young talent, Derrek Lee had an outstanding year second only to 2005, Randy Wells came out of no where to become a rookie of the year canidate. So i see some signs for growth for next year, but i think the NL Central will be much tougher next year. The Cardinals will be the obvious favorites for the division for the first time in 3 years especially if they sign Matt Holliday. If they make any other moves it will only bolster there stellar lineup, and their top 2 starters have really carried them, but if they dont play as well as they did this year the Cubs rotation has a lot more depth. The Brewers have proved again that no matter how good your offense is you still need good starting pitching to contend. They have Yovani Gallardo who is a very talented young man but the rest of the rotation is very shakey. If they want to hope to contend they need to improve their pitching, wether they trade Prince Fielder to do it as some are suggesting or they go out and get a free agent they need to do something or they will perrenialy be in the middle of the division. The Reds fell out of the race due to injuries and youth and this season was a growing up year for a lot of their young players. They are poised to become a contendor in this division. They have several solid young pitchers who will be able to carry them, but Edinson Volquez is not expected to come back till the All-Star break next year which might hamper them. They need a slugger to drive in runs, their offense is mainly support players and budding stars but they need that key veteran power hitter. Last season they had talked about trading for Jermain Dye but it never materialized. Now that it looks like the White Sox will not pick up his option for this year he will be a free agent and they should try to get him. If they add him in with Jay Bruce, Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto and Scott Rolen they would have a pretty solid offense. And the Key player for the Reds next year will be Homer Bailey. If he can continue how he finished this year he will be a superstar, he had been a highly touted prospect but had failed up until the second half this year. Look for him to become the Reds best starter next season. The Astros and Pirates will struggle next year as the Astros are old and have high salaries for underachieving players and the Pirates are always bad. Trade predictions for the Pirates...... i really dont know who they could trade they dont have any high profile, higher salary guys. Andrew Mcutchen is probably their best player, maybe Ohlendorf will get traded he had a decent season this year. My evaluation of the division is this.


Category: MLB
Posted on: September 9, 2009 8:21 pm
 

Finishing out the season strong

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.

C- Soto
    Hill
1B- Lee
    - Hoffpauir
2B- Baker
    - Fontenot
SS- Theriot
    - Blanco
3B- Ramirez
    - Fox
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.)
   - Fox
CF- Fukudome
    - Johnson
RF- Fox( Bradley will be gone, and they need to teach Jake how to play here because he can hit no matter what)
    - Hoffpauir

Rotation

1. Zambrano ( or someone else, i think we need to get rid of him)
2. Lilly
3. Harden
4. Wells
5. Dempster

Bullpen

CL- Marmol ( I think he finally is ready for the role based on his performance down the stretch)
SU- Grabow
SU- Guzman
MR- Marshall
MR- Stevens
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Posted on: August 29, 2009 1:30 pm
 

Bradley's just dumb

All i have to say is that Milton Bradley is an idiot and he has just sealed the deal that he will be gone by next season. So Jim Hendry probably had his worst offseason of his career if you look at it.

DeRosa to Cleveland--Fail  He is putting up equivelent numbers that he did last year and is a key member of a contending team.
Signed Kevin Gregg--- Fail  He has been kicked out of his closer role and finally replaced by Carlos Marmol, he is just a mop up guy now.
Signed Milton Bradley-- Fail  He is "hated by everybody" and his hitting .260 with 11 HR and is getting paid 10 mil a year.
Signed Aaron Miles-- Fail  He is hitting under .200 and dosnt really contribute anything.
Let Kerry Wood go-- Pass  I miss Wood but he is not playing that great for Cleveland.

So he basicly went 1-5 last off season, he is going to have to improve his decision making if he wants to keep his job.
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