Tag:Mark Teahen
Posted on: August 13, 2009 10:50 am

Just Can't Catch A Break

This season is starting to slip away from the Cubs, and really it's because they can't get lucky. The injuries continue to pile up which has forced Jeff Samardzjia into the rotation, which by the way he is pitching shouldnt even be in the majors. I dont understand how so many teams can have so many injuries. I either have to blame it on the World Baseball Classic, to long of Spring Training or poor conditioning. Either way something needs to be changed for next season. The Cubs will not have a winning record let alone make the playoffs with the state there in. The offense is actualy playing decent, Milton Bradley is hitting along whith Fukudome, Theriot, and Lee but the pitching has taken so many injuries it;s hard for them to be effective. Looking at the opening day starting rotation only one of the players on it has not landed on the DL and that;s Sean Marshall but he's not even in the rotation anymore. The thing is that the Rotation is good when their healthy but just cant stay healthy. So some big changes need to be made. We need to dump salary in the offseason and trade for cheaper players. And if you look at the guys who get payed a lot we could get much cheaper players for the same amount of production. Soriano is hitting .245 avg.  19 HR  50 RBI roughly. We could aquire Mark Teahen next season and he could play LF, 3B, 2B, 1B, RF and he would put up .290 avg.  15 HR  70 RBI and probably play better defense, and he would cost a mere fraction of Soriano's contract. But the problem is how are we going to get a team to take his contract, and who would want him anyway. And this deal goes back to Jim Hendry mkaing mistakes. We had the option of getting Carlos Lee or Soriano and we chose Soriano. And who has played consistently better every year, Lee. Zambrano has pitched okay this year but has been injured so much that it hasnt mattered. He has shown that he is injury prone the past few years and he is still only 28 so this makes me worry long term. We need to find players who arnt health risks. That's the reason for the Cubs injuries this year. To many injury prone players combined with a lot of injuries of players who dont typicaly get injured that much. Ramirez is an example of that. So i guess my point is that this season has showed us that this team is not working. It's falling apart, and i dont mean to beat the horse to death but getting rid of DeRosa was a bad move. And if you really look at it what Jim Hendry has done these past few seasons has lead up to this year. He needs to be replaced by someone who knows what their doing and significant changes need to be made to the team. They already killed the team chemistry so whats the difference.
Posted on: July 26, 2009 10:55 pm

Back to First

Well after the sweep of the Reds the Cubs are now alone in first place in the NL Central for the first time since mid April. They have really begun to heat it up, although they have won their games against struggling team they still deserve credit for outstanding pitching and good offense. The real test will come this week as we enter a 4 game series against the red hot Astros. Tommorow nights pitching matchup looks to be a good one as Wandy Rodriquez wil face Carlos Zambrano. Then on tuesday Dempster will come of the DL and pitch followed by Randy Wells and Kevin Hart. So this looks to be an interesting week, and a very important one. Not only will this be interesting but the trade deadline is aproaching fast and will be interesting to see what happens at the last minute. In my opinion though i dont see a huge trade like last years Jason Bay trade or the CC Sabathia trade, but there should be some mid level trades that will have significant impact on the rest of the season. I would like to see the Cubs do something but it's not looking like it at this time. I have heard their name in a number of trade talks but nothing to serious. Players that i would want would be Mark Teahen ( I've said this about a hundred times), Freddy Sanchez, John Grabow, or George Sherrill. I know people have been saying we need another starter now that Lilly is on the DL but we have a deep enough staff to handle injuries and if we got another starter they wouldnt be used in the playoffs so whats the point. Anyways the Cubs dont have much money and the ownership change still hasnt gone through which is what handycapped us in the off-season as well. Hopefully it gets resolved before the winter meetings.
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