formerwiacbaseballer
Don't think this will get much traffic, but I know there are a couple of Cubs fans out there. Figure as long as the Cardinals thread is on here, why not get some more representation from the NL Cenrtral!!! []

Anyway, the Cubs have to be pleased with where they sit thus far in the season. I know, hard to believe you can be happy when you are nine games under .500 (21-30) and nearly 15 games out of 1st Place, but with the roster the Cubs broke Spring Training with, one has to be a bit surprised.

Now with that said, fans shouldn't get TOO excited!!! They are still a LONG way from contention, and players that are helping them compete now will likely be gone in the next month or two.

The Cubs starting rotation currently leads the National League in Batting Average Against, is 2nd in WHIP, and 6th in ERA, all of which are solid numbers. Unfortunately, one can be assured that 2/5th's of the rotation will likely be gone come July as Garza and Feldman are sure to snag a couple of low-mid level prospects. While those moves will hurt the 2013 rotation, maybe it can snag someone that will help in the future.

Regardless of where things are now, pretty good chance the Cubs will finish last in the NL Central. Just not enough talent or depth in the organization at this time. However, I will say I have liked the extensions they have given to Castro and Rizzo (Samardizja is likely next) and the International signings they have made in recent years. Ultimately, they are going to need to either sign or develop some pitching though. Hitting on their #2 pick in the MLB Amateur Draft this year would be a step in the right direction!!!
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quinnster10
The Cubs need to show the ability to get out of their own way at this point. They've done a nice job lowering payroll over the last 3 years, getting closer to that $100 million mark. Signing Edwin Jackson to a 4 year, $52 million is simply an awful decision for a non contending team, especially for a guy with a 4.47 career ERA. Fortunately for them even with the $19 million they owe Soriano next year and the $13 million to Jackson, they only have about $62 million committed next year. They will clearly be terrible for the next 2 years. If they can field a team for $90-100 million next year and get down to $70-80 million for the following year, then they can start to look to have that contending team. They can look to sign those key free agents by increasing payroll back up to $125-135 million. They will need to be smarter financially and avoid those long term contracts to aging veterans.
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bp11
Read on ESPN the other day the Cubs have lost 16 games this year in which they had the lead at some point in the game.
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formerwiacbaseballer
bp11 wrote:
Read on ESPN the other day the Cubs have lost 16 games this year in which they had the lead at some point in the game.

Would be curious to know as to how many of the 16 losses have come after the acquisition of Kevin Gregg....
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formerwiacbaseballer
Interesting stat that was just shown on Cubs game a few minutes ago....

Following the Grand Slam by Travis Wood today, Cubs pitchers have 19 RBI's as hitters on the season (all in the month of May.) For the sake of comparison, ONLY Anthony Rizzo (36,) Starlin Castro (21,) and Alfonso Soriano (20) have more on the season.

Cubs Pitchers are batting .191 with 4 HR's and 19 RBI's. While the batting average is pretty low, there is nothing wrong with the HR/RBI production out of the #9 spot in the order this season.
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formerwiacbaseballer
With the win today, the Cubs extend their winning streak to four games, their longest of the 2013 season...
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formerwiacbaseballer wrote:
Interesting stat that was just shown on Cubs game a few minutes ago....

Following the Grand Slam by Travis Wood today, Cubs pitchers have 19 RBI's as hitters on the season (all in the month of May.) For the sake of comparison, ONLY Anthony Rizzo (36,) Starlin Castro (21,) and Alfonso Soriano (20) have more on the season.

Cubs Pitchers are batting .191 with 4 HR's and 19 RBI's. While the batting average is pretty low, there is nothing wrong with the HR/RBI production out of the #9 spot in the order this season.

Very interesting anomoly, WIAC.
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formerwiacbaseballer
Cubs with a Grand Slam for the second straight day, this time from Scott Hairston, as they lead the D-Backs 7-0 after three innings..
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yzerman1
Why not try to extend Garza rather than try and trade him? I don't have a good idea what he would command per year as a free agent, but Jackson got 4 years and 52 million. I would think that Garza would command at least that and probably more money. Offer him abertration and if he declines you get the additional first round pick. I would rather have a first round pick and the money that goes with it rather than mid level prospects. After reading Terry Francona's book, this Cubs team with Epstein running the show, really reminds of how he took over the Red Sox at the end of 2002. The future is looking so bright for the Cubs. I still think they will finish over .500 this year.
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formerwiacbaseballer
Cubs extend winning streak to five games with a 7-2 victory over the D-Backs. The Cubs have their longest winning streak since August of 2011. []

Today's attendance at Wrigley was just 24,645 the smallest crowd at Wrigley in over a decade. [] []
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formerwiacbaseballer
yzerman1 wrote:
Why not try to extend Garza rather than try and trade him? I don't have a good idea what he would command per year as a free agent, but Jackson got 4 years and 52 million. I would think that Garza would command at least that and probably more money. Offer him abertration and if he declines you get the additional first round pick. I would rather have a first round pick and the money that goes with it rather than mid level prospects. After reading Terry Francona's book, this Cubs team with Epstein running the show, really reminds of how he took over the Red Sox at the end of 2002. The future is looking so bright for the Cubs. I still think they will finish over .500 this year.

Can you blame the Cubs if they would rather trade Garza instead of extend him? He has quite the injury history since joining the Cubs, with thee trips to the Disabled List in just 2+ seasons. The arbitration amount would be $13-15 Million I am guessing, as the two sides avoided arbitration this year by agreeing to a $10.25 Million deal.

If he makes another trip or two to the DL this year do you really think anyone is going to offer Garza a free agent deal worth an annual salary of more than $10 Million? Not sure having Garza on the roster at $13-15 Million for one year would be part of Epstein's re-building project.
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An injury to Will Middlebrooks has forced me to start Luis Valbuena in a fantasy league where I am undefeated and it's a weekly keeper league...also have Rizzo starting as well.
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formerwiacbaseballer
Cubs win streak over at five games as D-backs hang crooked numbers in the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings scoring eleven of their twelve runs to beat the Cubs 12-4....

Cubs bullpen wastes another strong outing from Samardizja as he strikes out 11 in 6.1 innings and leaves the game with a 3-1 lead.

James Russell, who has pitched well out of the pen, promptly walks a batter and gives up a three run double to give the D-Backs a 4-3 lead. After the Cubs tie it in the Bottom of the 7th on a solo HR, the bullpen strikes again as Marmol faces six batters. He gets one out, walks three, and gives up a pair of hits, with the big blow being a Paul Goldschmidt grand slam to give the Diamondbacks an 8-4 lead.

I'm guessing with three rookies in the bullpen, Sveum was hoping to "ease" them in with low-pressure situations and that is why Marmol was left out there was long as he did. Too bad he chose to pull Villanueva after facing just one batter and getting the last out of the 7th inning. Would have like to see him start the 8th inning, especially with the game tied.
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wlhssuperjake08
Why hasn't there been any talk in this thread in over a week?!?!?! [afro]
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formerwiacbaseballer
Because I got sick of talking to myself? [afro]

But since you asked, Cubs prospect Javier Baez goes 4x4 with four home runs tonight... [afro]

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