Mets Gift Wrap a Win for the Cubs – Cubs 5 Mets 4

Game One Hundred Forty-Five – Cubs 5 Mets 4
WP – Kerry Wood (3-5, BS 6) LP – Bobby Parnell (3-6, BS 6) Save – Carlos Marmol (34)

wflag.jpg The New York Mets gave Saturday’s game to the Chicago Cubs … and the Cubs nearly gave it right back. The Mets were charged with four errors that led to three unearned runs for the Cubs … and the Mets’ manager decided to pitch to Aramis Ramirez in the ninth with runners on second and third with two outs, the Mets up by a run and Tony Campana on deck.

The Cubs took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the eighth. Randy Wells pitched seven innings of shutout ball and was extremely sharp again. Wells was less than effective in the eighth and after a leadoff walk and a double by Jose Reyes, Mike Quade brought in Kerry Wood with the Cubs up 3-1.

Kerry Wood was charged with his sixth blown save after the Mets scored three more in the eighth and took a 4-3 lead before Wood could get out of the inning … Cubs relievers have blown 22 save opportunities this season.

The Mets’ fourth error of the game put the tying run on to start the ninth. After Geovany Soto reached on David Wright’s miscue, Quade went to his bench for Bryan LaHair. LaHair doubled pinch runner Luis Montanez to third.

With two outs, runners on second and third, first base open and the Mets up by one, Terry Collins decided to let Bobby Parnell pitch to Aramis Ramirez. Ramirez (1-for-5 with two RBI) delivered a two-run single to right and put the Cubs up 5-4.

Randy Wells was very good on Saturday afternoon at Citi Field. Wells did a solid job of mixing his pitches and keeping the Mets off balance. Wells tossed seven innings of shutout ball before the Mets were able to rally in the eighth of Wells … and Kerry Wood. Wells allowed two runs on seven hits with a walk and three strikeouts in seven-plus innings. Wells threw 93 pitches, 63 for strikes, and was inline for the victory.

Carlos Marmol was effective in the ninth and picked up his 34th save of the year.

Starlin Castro (2-for-5) recorded another multi-hit game and extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Castro has now reached base in 23 straight games and is only 14 hits short of a 200-hit season (186).

Marlon Byrd (2-for-4 with a double and a RBI), Alfonso Soriano (1-for-4 with a double), Geovany Soto (1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored) and Reed Johnson (1-for-5 with a RBI and a run scored) contributed to the Cubs’ 63rd victory of the year.

The Cubs offense continued struggling with runners in scoring position on Saturday. The Cubs pounded out nine hits but walked only once and finished the afternoon 3-for-12 with RISP and left eight on base.

With Saturday’s win, the Cubs improved to 63-82 on the season … 19 games below .500.

The Cubs got on the board in the opening inning … with help from the Mets’ defense. Starlin Castro popped out to right (2-0 pitch) to start the first. Reed Johnson just missed a homer to left and had to settle for a double off the top of the 18-foot wall in left.

Aramis Ramirez popped out to first (first pitch) for the second out of the inning.

Jeff Baker lined a 1-1 pitch to Jose Reyes at short. Reyes appeared to lose the ball in the crowd, it went off his glove into left center and Johnson scored the first run of the game. Soriano struck out swinging to end the inning.

Randy Wells sat down the Mets in order in the first on just seven pitches, six for strikes, thanks to a tremendous defensive play by Starlin Castro. Reyes dribbled a ball past Ramirez in the hole at short. Castro barehanded the short-hop and threw a strike to Pena to nail Reyes.

Chris Capuano struck out Byrd and Pena to start the second … three straight strikeouts for the veteran lefty. Geovany Soto singled to center but was stranded at first when Wells struck out swinging to end the inning. Capuano struck out the side and four of five batters he faced.

The Mets did nothing against Wells in the second.

The Cubs went down in order, quickly, in the third.

After Nick Evans fouled out to Soto to start the home half of the third, Mike Nickeas ripped a single into left center … the Mets first hit of the game. Capuano could not get the bunt down and fouled out. Reyes grounded out to second (3-2 pitch) to end the inning.

Jeff Baker reached on the Mets’ second error of the game to start the fourth. David Wright made a nice diving stop on a smash ticketed for the left field corner … but his throw was low and Evans could not scoop. Soriano flied out to left center.

Marlon Byrd appeared to hit into an inning ending double play. Wright fielded the ball cleanly, threw to second to force Baker but Byrd beat the throw to first. Pena looked at strike three (2-2 pitch) to end the inning.

Ruben Tejada tapped back to Wells on a 3-1 pitch to start the bottom of the fourth. Lucas Duda singled to center and advanced second on a single to left by David Wright. With runners on first and second with one out, Angel Pagan hit a grounder to first. Pena threw to second to force Wright … but Castro dropped the ball and could not return the throw.

On a 0-1 pitch to Jason Bay, Pagan took off for second and slid in safe just ahead of Soto’s throw. With runners on second and third with two down, Bay grounded out to the hole at short. Castro made a nice play and a very strong throw … but almost waited too long before making the long throw across the diamond.

The Cubs added a run in the fifth after Geovany Soto walked to start the inning. Wells bunted Soto to second and the Cubs’ catcher advanced to third on a bloop single to left by Starlin Castro (2-2 pitch). Reed Johnson hit a grounder to the hole that Reyes bobbled. The Mets third error of the game allowed Soto to score … 2-0 Cubs.

With runners on first and second with one out, Ramirez grounded out to short. Johnson was forced at second and disrupted Tejada’s throw to first with a hard slide. With runners on first and third with two down, Baker grounded out to second to end the inning.

Nick Evans led off the bottom of the fifth with a single to right center. Mike Nickeas hit a tailor made double play ball to short. Castro flipped to Baker but Baker’s throw to first sailed. Nickeas reached. Capuano tried to drop a bunt down again. After two unsuccessful tries, Capuano swung and missed at strike three. Reyes tapped back to Wells to end the inning.

At the end of five, the Cubs led 2-0 and Wells had thrown 68 pitches, 47 for strikes.

Marlon Byrd singled to right center with one out in the sixth … but that was all against Chris Capuano. Pena flied out to deep center and Soto struck out swinging to end the inning.

Ruben Tejada grounded out to short to start the home half of the sixth. Lucas Duda blooped a 0-2 pitch into left center for a double. David Wright grounded out to second, Duda advanced to third but was stranded when Pagan flied out to right (first pitch) to end the inning. Wells pitch count stood at 75, 54 for strikes, after six.

Randy Wells popped out to short to start the seventh. Starlin Castro ripped a 2-2 pitch into center for his second hit of the game. Johnson popped out to second and Castro was picked off with Ramirez at the plate to end the inning (0-1 count on Ramirez).

Ryota Igarashi started the eighth for Terry Collins with the Mets down 2-0. After Aramis Ramirez popped out to first and Tony Campana struck out swinging, Alfonso Soriano ripped a double into left center. Marlon Byrd followed with a double off the wall in left and the Cubs increased their lead to 3-0. Collins went to his pen and brought in Daniel Ray Herrera to face Carlos Pena … Pena struck out swinging to end the inning.

Randy Wells started the eighth with a 3-0 lead and promptly walked pinch-hitter Willie Harris … the first walk issued by Wells and only the second leadoff runner Wells allowed to reach all afternoon.

Wells struggled with his command against Jose Reyes. The Mets’ shortstop worked a full count before lining a double into right center. Harris scored with the Mets first run. Quade went to his pen and brought in Kerry Wood with the Cubs up 3-1.

Wood had trouble throwing quality strikes and was simply off on Saturday. Ruben Tejada blooped a singled into center. Reyes held at third with no outs. Wood struck out Lucas Duda swinging but could not retire David Wright.

Wright blooped a 2-2 pitch into right center. Reyes trotted home with the Mets’ second run. Tejada ended up at third with one down.

Angel Pagan expanded his strike zone on a 2-2 pitch and struck out swinging.

With Jason Bay at the plate, Wright stole second without a throw. Bay pulled a 1-2 pitch into left, both Tejada and Wright scored … and just like that the Mets took a 4-3 lead. Wood picked off Bay at first to end the inning.

Geovany Soto led off the ninth against Bobby Parnell and hit a 2-1 pitch to Wright at third. Wright backed up and let the ball play him. Wright ended up bobbling the ball and Soto reached on the Mets’ fourth error of the game. Luis Montanez ran for Soto and advanced to second on a double to left by Bryan LaHair. LaHair pinch hit for Wood and went with the 2-2 offering. LaHair drove the ball to the opposite field and Quade sent Tyler Colvin into run for him.

With runners on second and third with no outs and his team down by one, Starlin Castro tried to go to right field with a 0-1 pitch. Castro hit the ball sharply but right back to Parnell. Both runners held as Castro was thrown out at first. Johnson struck out swinging for the second out.

Aramis Ramirez stepped to the plate with everyone, but Terry Collins, thinking Ramirez would be walked to load the bases for Tony Campana. Collins decided to let Parnell pitch to Ramirez … and it cost the Mets.

Ramirez drove a 1-0 pitch into right. Montanez and Colvin scored, 5-4 Cubs and Ramirez advanced to second on the throw. Tony Campana grounded out to third to end the inning.

Carlos Marmol issued a one-out walk to Jason Pridie but that was it in the ninth. Marmol struck out two of the four batters he faced and retired Jose Reyes on a liner off Carlos Pena’s glove that bounced to D.J. LeMahieu, who threw back to Pena to end the game.

It is always a good day when the Cubs beat the Mets.

Box Score from Yahoo Sports

Matt Garza is slated to face Miguel Batista in the finale on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

    22 BS’s ? And people are saying we don’t need to improve the bullpen?

    • Ripsnorter1

      Marmol is overrated as a closer.

      Marshal is overrated as a LOOGY.

      Wood is overrated as a pitcher. Period.

      And these are considered your three best relievers.

      • Joey U

        Marmol is a much better set up man….His conrol for a closer is very suspect. Should be traded for starting pitcher or prospects.

        Wood has a flat fastball and when his cutter is not working he is very hit able.He dosen’t us his breaking ball enough for what ever reason.

        Marshall in my opinion has done good job……I would keep him

        The Shark has really turned around and should be given a shot as closer next year. He has all of the tools to close.

        Quade is done after this year…….Thank God!!

        Colvin is a bust…never did much in the minors and certainly is lost now.

        Swings at everything no patience what so ever, no idea of the strike zone.
         
        At 26yrs old he is loosing what ever prospect status he had.

        Coleman is another bust…..no control or velocity.. long reliever at best.

        • Ripsnorter1

          How do you know QQuade is done?

          • paulcatanese

            I agreeRip, one dosent count their chickens until their all in the coop.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Never, ever count your Eugene Chickens before they hatch. AND this is especially true when dealing with the most inept baseball franchise in the historyh of mankind: your Chicago Cubs.

          • paulcatanese

            Rip,you got it right about the chickens, that saying was before my time.

          • Joe_u

            Do you really think a new GM is going keep this guy…….Why would he do that? Only if he is a fool.

          • paulcatanese

            I would say,stranger things have happened.

  • Ripsnorter1

    My comments:

    1. Kerry Wood STINKS. “Mr. Clutchless!” IF the game is on the line, he blows it almost every single time. I hope he isn’t on the roster for 2012. 6 blown saves. And he got the win today when he was in line for the loss. 3-5 record now, but he should be 0-10. He has had his bacon saved a few times.  HE STINKS! HE’S JUNK! HE’S AWFUL. (Don’t like those words? Just ask the Indians about how effective he was for them). He’s a RH John Grabow.
    2. The Mets manager must be as incompetent as QQuade! Runners on second and third, Aram up, and he doesn’t walk him to face the little boy Campana. Parnell was throwing 98 MPH. He would have broken the bat right in the hands of Little Campana. Thanks for the gift wrapped win, Collins. What a dope!

    3. QQuade left Wells in too long. He was gassed, and yet he brought him out for the 8th. How did this guy get a job in MLB? Idontgetit.

    4. QQuade keeps LaHair on the bench. This manager has favored the vets, and treated the kids with contempt, throwing them under the bus regularly. Just look at what he said when he sent Colvin down (even though Funko always sat vs. LHP, and Colvin played). Look how he treated Castro. The guy is AWFUL.

    • Ripsnorter1

      And how dumb is QQuade to send Campana up to pinch hit today when he was likely to need a pinch runner later? Beside Montanez is a better hitter anyway. It’s crazy. But wait–so is QQuade.

  • Ripsnorter1

    The Cubs have not won a series in NY since 2006.

    THAT’S FIVE YEARS!
    What has been the Mets record those five years? Have they been a real powerhouse team? 

    2007…88-74
    2008…89-73
    2009…70-92
    2010…79-83
    2011…71-74

    They have been sub-.500 for the last three years. Doesn’t look good for Sunday, does it? Bautista has had only 3 starts in 2011. He used to be a Cub in 1997. He won 16 games in 2007, and has won at least 10 games 5 different times in his career. Tomorrow might be a tough game for us……

  • paulcatanese

    Amazing, Reed Johnson has two more doubles than Byrd and only two rbi’s behind him. And Byrd is the every day starter in center.

    • Ripsnorter1

      And your point is?

      Since when does offensive production have anything to do with playing time? 

      No. Byrd must remain the starter. He’s too valuable as a clubhouse guy.LOL

      RBIs in 2011….
      FUNKO–30
      Byrd——28
      Aaron Miles, for crying out loud: 41 RBIs.

      AARON EUGENE MILES!!!

      • paulcatanese

        Thats flat out hilarious.

    • Joey U

      Bryd is showing his true colors noting more than a 4th outfielder or 4th maybe?

      • joey u

        5th I mean

        • paulcatanese

          Cant argue with that one, fourth or fifth for sure.

        • Ripsnorter1

          A 5th OF for $5 million per. BUT WAIT….his contract was backloaded, so the Cubs will be paying him $6.5 million dollars. 

          Paul, I’d say that’d be about $1 million per RBI. You have to figure he’d regress some from this great year…..

  • Tom U

    Congratulations to Tennessee on a series sweep of Chattanooga. The Smokies move on the the Southern League championship.

    • Dorasaga

      Finally, somebody updated us what really matters now: the future. I was asking in the last game if anybody watched this playoff? Thanks, Tom.

  • Ripsnorter1

    The Cubs need to go 7-10 in the remaining 17 games to finish 70-92.

    • Demitri

      I hope we keep losing to get a nice pick for next year

    • Brp921

      They can do it if they play their best and get a little lucky.

  • Ryan7

    Ok I’m tired of hearing all the barney bashing. So let’s take a look at Barneys 1st full year VS Rynos 1st full year.

    NOTE: AS OF TO DAY BARNEY HAS 167 FEWER AT BATS THAN RYNO IN HIS FIRST FULL SEASON.

    RYNO’S—– AB-635. R- 103. H- 172. 2B-33 3B-5 HR- 7 RBI- 54 AVG- .271 SLG-.372
    E- 11

    BARNEY’S- -AB-466. R- 58. H- 129. 2B-19 3B-5 HR- 2 RBI- 40 AVG- .275 SLG-.352
    E-12

    So Ryno beats Barney in runs, hits 2B, HR’S, and SLG. OK, Now if Barney had 167 more at bats as Ryno did his 1st full season Barneys would have about 20 or so more hits, a few more doubles, about 10 more rbi’s. So that means Barney vs Ryno look damn near the same.

    Note: Ryno’s 2nd year stats were all lower than his HE’S . Ryno didn’t come around untill his 3rd yr.

    So why is everyone bashing barney when he has done everything right this year. The only thing he hasn’t done is perform better than a HALL OF FAMER RYNE SANDBERG.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

      Sandberg was 22 his first season with the Cubs. Barney is 25. That is a huge difference in terms of what growth is still going to happen physically.

    • Ripsnorter1

      EVERYBODY could see Sandberg’s upside.

      NOBODY can see much more out of Barney.

      Barney has value–as a utility player. He isn’t ever going to be a power hitter. He’s what you see: a .275 hitting singles hitter with not much speed. He’s not good at the double play, and when it comes to fielding, he’s not a great fielding 2B.

      That doesn’t mean we hate him; it means that you are not going to win a WS with him as your starting 2B. 

      Me, I want to win a WS. Most Cubs fans, apparently, aren’t much concerned about it. The Cubs drew 3 million fans to watch this in 2011.

      • Brp921

        I would consider Barney a singles and doubles hitter. His patented double being the line drive down the RF line. I think we’ll see quite a few of those if he plays regularly next year. I think he’ll only get better at the double play as he gets more accustomed to playing 2B. Remember he is a converted SS.

      • Ryan7

        Barney hit over .300 more than half the season. How can u say his only .275 hitter. He was our 2nd best hitter on the team till ARAM woke up but still our 3rd best. Ya I know ryno is in the hall but in his first two year in the bigs barney has about matched his numbers .

        • Ripsnorter1

          He is only a .275 because he is only hitting .275. If he were hitting .300, he’d be a .300 hitter. See?

          If a hitter hits .380 for a month, but hits .250 the rest of the year, and finishes out at .258, then, in my book, he’s a .258 hitter.

    • Brp921

      Barney will never be comparable to Sandberg, because he doesn’t have the power, but I agree with you that he is better than a lot of people are giving him credit for. I think he is a solid fielder and a good hitter. He gets some clutch hits and has good fundamentals. All in all, I am happy with him as a full time second baseman untill, if and when, someone can come along and do a better job.(I would say that about any player) I’ve said it before, time will tell who is right about him.

      • Ryan7

        Agreed. Barney and sandberg are to different types of players. It’s just its barneys rookie year and know one want to give him a chance.

  • paulcatanese

    I heard everyone is going to attend Camp Colvin to get in shape for 2012, except Tony Campana, he has an all expense’s paid trip to Hialeah race track for the winter to teach the horses how to stretch it out.

  • Anonymous47701

    2012 Lineup idea No.3

    B.Jackson-LF
    S.Castro-SS
    D.Wright-3B
    C.Pena-1B
    B.Upton-CF
    B.LaHair-RF
    D.Barney-2B
    W.Castillo-C
    Pitcher

    bench

    C.Davis-INF
    B.DeWitt-INF
    R.Hernandez-C
    T.Campana-OF
    R.Johnson-OF

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

      Davis got traded to Baltimore. Don’t know if they are playing him or not.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

        He has gotten about 50 AB’s and is not doing well since the trade.

      • Anonymous47701

        I took a little too long in my self-reply, so I figured you’d respond before I had a chance to explain why I think Chris Davis should be included in the Cubs bench. Well the reason being why is that if Pena or Wright go down with injuries, Davis’ power could be of some use down the off the bench,. Let him work out with Rudy Jaramillo or Von Joshua and see how he might turn out.

    • Anonymous47701

      Hey Richard Hood, after doing a little looking into on Andre Either, Jason Kubel, Ramon Hernandez, and BJ Upton, I think the Cubs would be better off in netting Upton in the offseason. With the Cubs sort of lacking Speed outside of Starlin Castro and Tony Campana, BJ Upton would be a pretty good fit.

      I don’t think putting LaHair on the bench would be a good idea, so instead why not start him in RF and Share Time with Carlos Pena at 1B. If the Cubs do cut ties with Tyler Colvin, Bryan LaHair should be given a chance to play and not left sitting waiting for somebody to get injured or traded.

      • paulcatanese

        I think LaHair is approaching this the right way, so far he wont be denied.
        Looking ahead a few years, kind of reminds me of what I saw with Vogelbach in his video’s.

        • Anonymous47701

          I’m Just sayin’, let’s give LaHair the opportunity to start in 2012 and see what happens. He could be a key player should the Cubs turn it all around, then again I could be wrong, who knows.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

        For Either you have to look past this year kind of like Kemp last year. He has some injury issues that are going to make him cheaper. He is 29 years old and heading into free agency needs to make an impact. He would be a good one year fit that we could move very easily in July if we struggle.

        If Pena does want the kind of money that Rip is talking about another option might be to look at Kasey Kotchman of TB. He gives the defense at first that the Cubs need and seems to have finally put it together offensively. I do not think he will make a ton on the FA market and we can afford to take a chance this year is for real and mix him with LaHair.

        The reason I thought and think that LaHair is a good fit off the bench next year is the exact reason that Rip has said. Pena has never gotten as many AB’s as he got this year and if we bring him back on the cheap (no way at 45 mil for 3 years) then he is going to need a back up that can perform off the bench and LaHair has the right approach to be good in that role. He also will be able to cover Eithier if he gets hurts and get about 400 PA in a super sub role for the corner OF/ 1st base. IF he earns more playing time then make some moves as you see what you got. I am not in favor of ever penciling in a 29 year old rookie as a “sure thing”.

    • Jay from sandwich

      Wow Pena at 1b next. Year. So you think a good defense player is with 10 plus mil a year? Last I checked he hits below the mline.
      Thank god you are not a gm I would rather have henry back. Marbol is a good pitcher and wood is the best 1.5 mil pitcher in baseball. We got more for are money the Pena and his 10 mil! I still prefer the kids and our 24-29 year minor leaguers and usinng the money on a real pitcher or fielder. Even if the money went into the ball park is better than flushing down the toilet. I would never give a potion player 10 mil for what we git out of Pena this year. Like I sad that god you are not interviewing for the gm job. Sure we want to win but this players are not perfect be use they are people. They mature differently there confidents can shaded when they start to question them shelf because gm and managers went it now not 6 months from now. The teams that develope good players have patience with them

      • Anonymous47701

        Fielder= Not Gonna Happen!

        Pujols= HEEELLLLL NOOOO!!!

        I don’t dispute the fact that Pena hit .196 in ’10 and somehow managed to get a Gold Glove for his Defense, but this isn’t last year and I don’t know whether you noticed or not, but Carlos Pena is not only leading the team in home runs, he has raised his batting average to around .230, and given his unshakable confidence and positive thinking, especially since he is what the Cubs need in their clubhouse, I just can’t see how the Cubs won’t bring back Pena for next year.

        • paulcatanese

          I agree that Fielder and Pujols will not happen for the Cubs, but have to say I hope Pena isnt happening either. That all depends how LaHair does between now and next spring. I realize Pena is a great guy and all that but he will want to resign at a much higher rate than paid for the one year. He has for him had a good year,but look at the money he will want to come back and then look at the deal and whether its worth it or not.

          • joey u

            Much of what happens next year depends on what direction the team goes in…..Complete rebuilding or patching it together. My preference would be for a complete rebuilding…..If that is done there going need veteran presence around the club…Let’s just say they cut ties with Aram, move Castro to third, Barney to short and LeMahieu  to second and Pena at first as an example… No matter what decide they better improve the DEFENSE and STARTING pitching if they plan on contending.

          • Ripsnorter1

            No matter who the new GM is, it will be a patch job. Personally, I see it as business as usual in Wrigleyville. 

            I figure Pena is a lock at 3 years, $45 million to resign with the Cubs. No other GM will offer him anything, but the Cubs will go overboard. 

            I don’t want him. I figure Mr. .196 will return to .196 after the big contract. BTW, Carlos Pena has garnered more ABs this year than any other year in his career. You know, he’s have such a great year…..

          • cubs1967

            you might as well get your Cubs Fielder jersey now……..it’s a no brainer; even for the eternally inept duo of TommyCrane.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

            And what makes you think that the Cubs are going to invest at all in the major league team next year when they have already stated they are cutting ticket prices?

            I think that is an indication that the Cubs are going to pretty much stand pat as far as big free agents are conserned.

          • Brp921

            I hope they don’t go overboard spending money on free agents. They should build from within and think about adding the top tier free agents when they have a better team in place.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

            I agree to a certain extent but I wish that they would not telegraph their agenda this early. All it does is set the next GM to be blamed before he ever gets the job. I bet the top tier guys looked at that statement as an indication that they need to be not looking at Chicago as an option for employment.

          • Brp921

            It depends on Ricketts philosophy, which I believe is to build from within at this point. I think even the most critical of fans will be supportive of that type of plan if they see progress. As for the free agents attitudes if they think the Cubs aren’t interested, they’ll just look elsewhere, and I don’t see it having any effect whenever we look to the free agent market in the future.

          • paulcatanese

            If as indicated the Cubs may not invest in the major league team because of lower ticket prices and stand pat and if you are right, that leaves only one option and that would be in-house players. I am all for that and have expressed those feelings many times. That would be a complete franchise advancement. This takes baseball back a number of years before free agency. This would not be a bad thing as I have felt free agency has priced the game away from the average fan and placed it in the hands of upper economic people. Familys are hard pressed to attend games and ticket prices are so high (thruout baseball) that what I see in the stands are mostly single,employed people that can afford it. If I want to see bikini all stars their are channels on tv that offer it.
            I’m sorry Richard, to see so many players at the .250 -.275 range and pitchers that are hover around 4.5 era collecting millions of dollars and that would have been out of the game years back, instead getting extended contracts for more money on top of that. Teams were built from their minor
            league system, and thats how it should be, for me anyhow.

          • paulcatanese

            Joey U, thats the point, if they go with the change’s you mention with Aram gone, the infield you picked would be much stronger defensevly.

  • Ripsnorter1

    ESPN’s Power Rankings for MLB:

    Cubs rank 28. That’s below the Twins and the Royals, below the Pirates and the Mariners, too. Only the Orioles and the Astros are considered to be inferior to the Cubs. 

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/powerrankings

    And hey, I’m considered to be too negative on this forum.
    LOL

    “More Cubbie Kool-Aid for everyone!”
    LOL

  • Ripsnorter1

    Likely Cubs’ Headlines during the Off-Season.

    1. Marmol dealt away for 3 prospects that’ll never amount to anything. New GM says, “We need some depth in our class A teams….”

    2. Cubs avoid arbitration; sign Koyie Hill to new 3 year deal. New GM chortles, “We kept him off of the Free Agent Market.” 

    3. Aram walks; Blake DeWitt anointed new 3B. Says Cubs’ new GM, “Aram wasn’t ever any good anyway. No doubt Blake’s play will make you forget the name Santo.” 

    4. New Cubs’ GM extends QQuade for 3 more years.

    5. Cubs offer Barry Bonds contract to play LF. “Hey, he’s a good clubhouse guy,” says new GM. 

    6. Cubs anoint John Grabow as an “untradeable untouchable.” Joins Baker, Johnson and Marlon Byrd as core of new, young, dynamic winning team. “The WS is not far away,” says new Cubs’ GM. 

    7. Cubs’ reacquire Aaron Miles to play RF. New GM notes, “He drove in 41 runs last year. He’ll be an RBI leader for us. Besides, we need him in RF.”

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

      And I wonder why people think you are too negative for this board? I guarantee that if all those things happen we will have a revolt at the Cubs convention.

      Is there a reason that you think the New GM will be the same as the old GM? Or is your pessimistic attitude just from being a Cubs fan too long?

      I would really like to hear what makes you think that Ricketts will be satisfied with just getting a JH clone.

      • paulcatanese

        Richard , I dont think Rip is too negative at all and tries to inject humor along with his dis-pleasure of a lack of production with the Cubs. Everyone on the CCO are real Cub fans and have a reality insight on whats going on.
        I try to inject two sided meanings a lot, mostly because I am frustrated over the years. Youre posts are straight forward and to the point, and intelligent, and you know what?,I enjoy your’s as well as Rip’s, he just slants it differently but both are valued to me. As for a revolt at te Cubs convention, I for one would like to see that if things do not develop the way we think they should ie Quade back,clone of Hendry etc. I do think that even with a new GM it will take time, not so much for what is going on before he got here but just time to establish himself and his way of doing things. Would be nice if he or she would come in and kick butt the next day. At this point too many obsticals to overcome in a short time.

      • Ripsnorter1

        I’d say I’m a realist, and those who consider me too negative have overdosed on the Cubbie Kool-Aid.

        Fact:Funko…30 RBI in 2011.
        Byrd…28 RBI in 2011.
        Aaron Miles…41 RBI in 2011.

        Now that’s negative, don’t you agree? It’s also the facts.

        • Ripsnorter1

          Richard Hood,

          I was attempting to inject some humor with that post. I was projecting this year’s management moves by Jim Qlueless and QQuade onto the possible new GM. You know, Miles, an INF, playing RF. He can’t hit a lick, but apparently he can hit better than Byrd and Funko. 

          Re-signing Koyie Hill to a new 3 year deal. It’s so Qlueless, don’t you think?

          Trading Marmol for a handful of garbage. etc

    • Brp921

      And we all become Cardinal fans….

    • roseyc

      Rip I can understand why you are thinking like you are because nothing has made you think otherwise. Like many of us Cubs fans if it doesn’t show itself why sugar coat it when you know baseball. They can tell us like Hendry did and Quade does and we know they are lying to us furthermore if they aren’t lying then they think we are fools. When fans show up at 3ml then they are right the fanbase is a bunch of fools. Until you see a direction how can think otherwise.

  • KevininSandiego33

    I have an idea thanks to Mike Ferin.

    C:Soto
    1B:Kendry Morales (He maybe Non Tendered or we trade for him)
    2B:Barney (lack of a better option)
    SS:Castro
    3B:Edwin Ecarnacion
    LF:Campana or Byrd
    CF: Brett Jackson
    RF:LaHair or Byrd

  • paulcatanese

    If its a right hander tonight and Qua wants to play platoon again he can do it.
    Campana  CF
    Castro       SS
    Aram         3B
    LaHair       LF
    Pena         1B
    Colvin        RF
    DeWitt       2B
    Hill             C
                                       
    Six leftys in the lineup or,

    Campana   CF
    Castro        SS
    Aram          3B
    LaHair        1B
    LeMahieu    2B
    Colvin          RF
    Soriono       LF
    Hill               C

    None of these will be correct, just throwing it out there.
    Barney should play,Johnson,Pena,Soto.

    • Brp921

      I would put Johnson in center against the lefty.

      • paulcatanese

        We came close with was posted for tonight.

  • paulcatanese

    Win or lose, I like the lineup that was just posted in the comments a few minutes ago. Same idea from last September.