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Old Aug 19th 2010, 9:18 pm
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Sad Sad year

I watched 3 of the 4 games vs SD and I still believe with exception of their first basemen, they do not have a player that could start for our team. Ludwick???? maybe. Needless to say they swept us. It became comical today when nobody covered home and SD scored their 5th run. I know offense is only part of the game, but it wasnt like we were throwing our AA team at them with exception of our bullpen. We have made some trades and added a LH bat in Dewitt and gotten some good prospects at least, but those huge, ugly contracts still remain.
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Bullpen...Starting pitching...defense

All reasons San Diego is better than the Cubs.
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Where the hell do you go from here? One can only hope for a '06 to '07 type turn around. I don't see that happening. Rebuild next year with a hope to put together a team in '12.
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Miles mentioned in his blog the Cubs are within striking distance of the all-time loss record for the franchise. If they are going to be bad, might as well be historic bad.
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Where the hell do you go from here? One can only hope for a '06 to '07 type turn around. I don't see that happening. Rebuild next year with a hope to put together a team in '12.
I dont know. There are a ton of holes on this team now, but still some nice pieces. Others that post on here no more about the minor leagues than I do so I wont comment on what we have down there.

Castro is definately a player and I do like Dewitt ( LH bat) , but he (Dewitt) needs to improve at 2b. Of course Soto has had a great yr and Rammy finally got out of his funk. Byrd has shown that he is the true pro and gamer on this team. Thats 5 players. The other three spots are ????? . Some like Colvin, some dont. Im in between. If he could learn the strike zone a bit more then he may have a shot to be a really good player someday. Fuku has really played well lately and Sori has been average- but better than last yr. My preference would be not to have either of the latter, but best case get rid of at least one. I would love to have David Dejusus as a leadoff hitter. I think the big thing will be what kind of bat will be added at 1b.

Starting P- I think Demps is a solid 2 , Z is now a 3 or 4 , and Gorz is a 4 or 5. Wells, IMO, is way too inconsistent and needs to be the long man/ spot starter out of the pen. This leaves two holes to fill.

Bullpen- Marmol and Marshall have been it. Completely overhaul the rest.

Lot of holes to fill.
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I dont know. There are a ton of holes on this team now, but still some nice pieces. Others that post on here no more about the minor leagues than I do so I wont comment on what we have down there.

Castro is definately a player and I do like Dewitt ( LH bat) , but he (Dewitt) needs to improve at 2b. Of course Soto has had a great yr and Rammy finally got out of his funk. Byrd has shown that he is the true pro and gamer on this team. Thats 5 players. The other three spots are ????? . Some like Colvin, some dont. Im in between. If he could learn the strike zone a bit more then he may have a shot to be a really good player someday. Fuku has really played well lately and Sori has been average- but better than last yr. My preference would be not to have either of the latter, but best case get rid of at least one. I would love to have David Dejusus as a leadoff hitter. I think the big thing will be what kind of bat will be added at 1b.

Starting P- I think Demps is a solid 2 , Z is now a 3 or 4 , and Gorz is a 4 or 5. Wells, IMO, is way too inconsistent and needs to be the long man/ spot starter out of the pen. This leaves two holes to fill.

Bullpen- Marmol and Marshall have been it. Completely overhaul the rest.

Lot of holes to fill.
I actually believe the Cubs are going to go hard this off-season. Why? New owner looking to make a name for himself and a GM who needs to win NOW to save is job. That means Jim may be inspired to be creative via trade and acquire a Zach Greinke type #1 starter...

I believe the Cubs are going to go HARD after Girardi to manage...

I hope they have the sense to sell high on Marmol, Wells(too late), and Colvin...

Adam Dunn looks like a strong possibility at 1B...

All in all, I believe this will be a busy off-season for the Cubs.
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Hendry said he is " four moves away " from putting together a team that will be able to compete. Four moves ? So that means three infield positions , one outfield , a starting pitcher , two bullpen pitchers and a field manager will be accomplished with four moves ?
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Hendry said he is " four moves away " from putting together a team that will be able to compete. Four moves ? So that means three infield positions , one outfield , a starting pitcher , two bullpen pitchers and a field manager will be accomplished with four moves ?
I wouldn't take anything someone in management of any position says literally...

Anyway, Hendry may answer your question by saying that the Cubs have Marmol, Marshall, and Cashner in the pen already, and the rest will be had from withing...

Hendry may also wonder what the hell you are talking about, when you mentioned the Cubs needing three infield positions. Soto C, Aramis 3B(publicly stated he will honor his option), Castro SS, DeWitt 2B, are all pretty sure bets. Not sure where you get three?
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wow I didn't realize Dunn was only 30, it seems like he's been around forever.

I was going to say the Cubs should go after LaRouche as an alternative, but he and Dunn are the same age
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BEEP....BEEP...BEEP....Do you hear the truck backing up!! The Cubs should just save their money because it will never matter how much they spend or who they get, have you all not paid attention to the last 100 years of great teams and players and this years highest payroll in the NL. It never gets us anywhere and it never will. Maybe we should just have no-namers like the Marlins had in 97 and 03 and the lowest payroll in MLB. They actually give you effort over the spoiled millionaire players (Soriano, Ramirez, etc.) who never want to run anything out!
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