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   1. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: May 01, 2006 at 02:13 AM (#1998340)
Wow, nice to see you guys! What's it been -- 10 days?

Did you guys know they've been playing baseball during this time, or did you think that the season ended with the final game in LA?
   2. Hendry's Wad of Cash (UCCF) Posted: May 01, 2006 at 02:13 AM (#1998341)
The worst thing about that linked article, to me at least, was this:

The Cubs also are still hunting for a left-handed batting practice pitcher.

You're telling me that a major league franchise can't find a single left-handed pitcher or coach or ex-player willing to come toss batting practice (or whatever they'd get paid)? Who did they use in spring training - there must have been *someone* with all those kids around. If you need to make some swaps in the minor league system to get yourself a lefty on the staff, then do it already. That's just crazy.
   3. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: May 01, 2006 at 02:18 AM (#1998346)
On the offensive side, our wonderful new lead-off hitter has drawn three walks in 100 plate appearances - his .289 OBP is scarily reminiscent of last year’s center fielder’s offensive output in the one hole. Of course, unlike Patterson, Pierre has been a solid baserunner, but his basestealing efforts have been limited due to his slap-happy helplessness at the plate.

OTOH, Patterson played better defense and has a better arm.
   4. Meatwad Posted: May 01, 2006 at 02:26 AM (#1998353)
and he didnt cost them 2 pitching prospects
   5. covelli chris p Posted: May 01, 2006 at 02:26 AM (#1998354)
you guys are crazy. the cubs will be fine. they're a good team this year!
   6. MM1f Posted: May 01, 2006 at 02:33 AM (#1998361)
and on the other other hand Pierres a lot closer to a .389 OBP guy than a .289
   7. Luke Jasenosky Posted: May 01, 2006 at 02:34 AM (#1998363)
I apologize for my inconsistent postings - I'm currently working on a dissertation and it is more time-consuming than I imagined, especially for someone as lazy as I am. With the full Cubs' schedule ahead, I hope to really get some baseball watched - I just started my MLB.tv subscription so I can put off graduate work even more effectively ;D. One thing I haven't missed is the offensive outburst early this season. Hell, the Cubs' staff pitched only the third worst game yesterday - the Twins and Blue Jays topped us on that count!
   8. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: May 01, 2006 at 02:57 AM (#1998384)
Ross -- I didn't mean to pick on you, per se, but my point is that between the three of you (you, Scott, and Mike), I would've expected *someone* to be posting links/essays/whatever slightly more frequently than 5 every 37 days. As you can probably understand, there is a sizable contingent of Cubs fans here on BTF, and we tend to follow the games and news on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis.

I understand you're quite busy (many of us are as well) and I don't mean to pick on you, but if the three of you can't post more often, couldn't you and "the powers that be" consider giving access to someone who can be more attentive to the blog?

Also, maybe I don't understand the gameplan of Gonfalon Cubs, but is the idea that you would be only posting occasional essays, or that you would also be putting up threads of news stories, etc.? I'm guessing the idea is that it is to be more essay/comment driven, but I'm just curious.
   9. KB JBAR (trhn) Posted: May 01, 2006 at 03:35 AM (#1998416)
Pierre will play better. Jones will play better. And if one of those two fails to improve, Pie will be up and playing every day. Aramis Ramirez will play better (at least on offense, his defense has been amazing this year). Sure, Cedeno and Walker will perform worse, but on balance I think the Cubs offense should be better.

In case people haven't been following him: Although Patterson got off to a rough start, his numbers right now are 286/300/490 for Baltimore. It's as if 2005 never happened.
   10. Hendry's Wad of Cash (UCCF) Posted: May 01, 2006 at 03:51 AM (#1998425)
Pierre will play better. Jones will play better. And if one of those two fails to improve, Pie will be up and playing every day.

Which of the guys the Cubs are paying $5M+ to this year do you think they'll just move to the bench? I don't see it happening unless someone finds himself hitting .190 at the All-Star break. They can't bench Pierre if they hope to have any chance of luring him back next year and not making that into a horribly lopsided trade that could haunt them for the next 10 years. And they can't bench Jones because, as it is, no one is going to want that contract if they need to move it - and that's before he's unmasked as the platoon player with declining skills that he is.

Pierre and Jones will play better, or they won't. But don't count on Pie coming to the rescue unless someone gets hurt or Murton goes into the tank.
   11. Andere Richtingen Posted: May 01, 2006 at 02:45 PM (#1998601)
Which of the guys the Cubs are paying $5M+ to this year do you think they'll just move to the bench?

The OF situation is not going to be easy to solve. Pierre will probably improve and do better than Pie would, but Jones is going to struggle against LHP. If Baker can change that, more power to him, but mostly I roll my eyes at that notion. In any case, Pie isn't of much use in complementing Pierre and Jones since he hits from the left side. The Cubs need a right-handed power hitter on the bench more now than ever (and they needed one three months ago, long before Lee got hurt), and they're going to have to find one from outside the organization. Hendry laments that he isn't going to find such a person in April, but fact is he needed to find that person back in February, and it's his fault that the team is backed into this corner.
   12. Sweet Posted: May 01, 2006 at 04:02 PM (#1998676)
In case people haven't been following him: Although Patterson got off to a rough start, his numbers right now are 286/300/490 for Baltimore. It's as if 2005 never happened.

Additional detail: in eight games since being given the starting job on April 19th, he's 13-34 with 3 HR, 10 RBI, 4 SB, and only 4 Ks (only 1 BB, of course, but that's just Corey).
   13. Sweet Posted: May 01, 2006 at 06:14 PM (#1998823)
In other Cubs alumni news: Juan Cruz had a nice debut in the D-Backs rotation on Saturday: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K. Perhaps most impressive, of his 67 pitches, 49 were strikes. Here's hoping he does well except when we face them.
   14. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: May 02, 2006 at 12:14 AM (#1999589)
Hendry laments that he isn't going to find such a person in April, but fact is he needed to find that person back in February, and it's his fault that the team is backed into this corner.

Three words: Very Well Put.

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