Mercifully, there is only six games left in the 2010 season for the Chicago Cubs. I have used every word in the book to describe this season during the past five and a half months. It is so hard to be positive at this moment, but let’s take a shot at it.
Yes, I will be rambling, but at least there will be a theme to this column. Remember, 2006 was worse in many more ways than this, and the Cubs rebounded to make the playoffs after the following two seasons.
So, let’s talk about the positives. Let’s discuss what is good. Trust me, some of these things do exist. It might be hard to see now, but trust me, as they say, every cloud has a silver lining. So, with this many clouds hovering above 1060 West Addison, we can discuss a crap-load of silver linings!
- The Cubs arguably have the best shortstop under 25 in all of baseball, and one of the top 4 prospects in the National League.
- Castro will finish the season hopefully hitting above .300 and can enter 2011 with the requisite experience he needs to make a noticeable impact and eventually start competing for a position in the Summer Classic.
- Tyler Colvin became the fourth rookie in Cubs history to hit 20 homers in their first season. While his batting average hovered just above .250, but he will improve.
- Plus, don’t sleep on the fact that Colvin’s OBP is more than 60 points higher than his average. That separation/improvement should improve with more experience.
- The Cubs were able to unload what I label as dead weight. By all accounts, Theriot and Fontenot are good guys, but they were not adding value to the Cubs organization through their play on the field.
- I apologize for going all “corporate speak” on everyone by using the term “adding value.” Don’t worry, I will continue with my robust column while trying to a 20,000 foot view of the organization while watching management piggyback off of other ideas.
- With his late season surge, there is a possibility Kosuke Fukudome might have piqued the interest of other teams given the fact that the Cubs pick up part of his salary. Hey, this would be a great thing.
- Marlon Byrd seems to be a great addition, just as much in the clubhouse as on the field.
- The Cubs had a lot of young players come up this year, and unless something unforeseen occurs, this will continue next year. Being around Marlon Byrd is a great example and a great way to learn how to comport themselves in the Bigs.
- Sean Marshall has done everything that has been asked of him. He is the consummate teammate and always delivers. It is very nice to have Sean Marsall as part of a team I root for.
- The games haven’t mattered for awhile so that has to be added to the analysis, but Zambrano got his mojo back at some point.
- He should not be counted on as more than a #3 starter next season, but with expectations properly set, he might surprise a lot of people. I am just sayin’ …
- Aramis will be playing for a contract next year … for sure. Unless he has a big year, he will be a free agent so he has a lot to prove.
- Carlos Marmol is developing into a dominant closer. He had a 2.79 ERA and 34 saves. If he can improve his control, he will be a top-level stud in the 9th inning.
So, there you go. There are plenty of reasons to be positive.
The hot stove will start simmering in about 50 days. Until new developments come to forefront, focus on the positives. A very smart person once asked,
“Why does the glass have to be half-full or half-empty? Why are you settling on half of a glass of anything?”
Here’s hoping our Cubs glass is overflowing at this time next year.
Keep believing, kids.
And as always …
Stay Classy Cubs Fans!!