Rambling About an Offensive Cubs Offense

Hello again everybody.  Can you hit a baseball?  Do you know how to swing a bat?  Can you bunt … go the other way (opposite field that is, not that there is anything wrong with that) … get it deep enough with a guy on third?

If you can do just ONE of those things two out of ten times then you may actually have a chance to play for the Chicago Cubs!!

It’s Friday, the Cubs have lost five out of six after a very promising week, and not even the silver linings seem that bright right about now … so let’s get to some rambling.

  • Another 8-inning masterpiece from Jeff Samardzija results in another Loss.  Good times, Shark … Very good, times.
  • Welcome back, Chin Salad!  Nice to have you in the rotato again.  Five innings, no runs, bullpen explosion.  Yep, sounds like an average Tuesday night in Cubdom.
  • It is May 24th and Cody Ransom is hitting .304 with 3 homers.  Wait, what?
  • Hey, Rizzo, this yo-yoing of your batting average is not so much fun to watch.  Probably less fun to experience, I get that, but come on, let’s stick around .290 for more than a week!!
  • David DeJesus is on pace to be the Cubs All-Star representative in July.  Think about it.   Go look at his numbers.  His slash line is .296/. 363/. 507 with 5 HR, 16 RBI and 3 steals.
  • Also, “Slash Line” sounds like something backstage at a GnR show in the 80’s.  And let’s not even get into … never mind.
  • He is the most complete player on the team right now.  And to think how many people were disgusted with his signing at two years for $10 million, with a club option for next year.
  • If you were upset about it, feel better.  You were totally wrong, but feel better.
  • Starlin needs to buck up and level out soon.  He has shown zero improvement, and yes, he should continue to improve.
  • I don’t know the kid, but it has always seemed like focus, or a lack of it, was his main issue.  Sveum basically said it is up to the kid to improve.  He has been a pro for three full years now.
  • Guess what?  The Cubs had the bases loaded with no outs on Wednesday night and didn’t score a run.  Not only did Ronnie roll over in his grave, he yelled at Pat as well.
  • Kevin Gregg:  12 G’s.  0.00 ERA.  6 for 6 Saves.  Yep, called it in March, right along with Louisville winning the tourney and Urlacher retiring.
  • And back into last place.  Just when the Cubs had me thinking they could be a third-and-a-half-place team, they went and brought me back to reality.  Good times.
  • My favorite stat:  Alfonso Soriano leads the Cubs with five stolen bases.  I think, in a way, that sums it up just perfectly.
  • It’s nice to see Almora back in action on the farm.   I just fear he may be one more play away from another injury.  I hope he holds up over time.  Then again, I remember hoping Bobby Brownlie would avoid injury as well.
  • If it were up to me, I would pick Appel if he is available.  Again, that is just me.  He is Major-League ready.
  • If the Cubs get an above-average prospect for Feldman, then McThoyer is owed an apology.  They take the brunt, but that would be a coup.
  • It will be interesting to see how the Brass plays their hand with Chin Salad.  If he is just lights out over the next two months, they could probably get a king’s ransom for him.  Or, they could go all in and sign him.  It will be fun to watch this play out over the next two months.
  • Brett Jackson is batting .254 with 35 strikeouts.  We always must temper our expectations with prospects.  A first-round draft pick is never the future, until the future arrives.  And even if he arrives, Marcus Giles runs into him and then he is hit with a line drive in the elbow.
  • And finally tonight, I am still wondering what would have happened if the Cubs held on to Sean Marshall. One World Series or two?

Happy Memorial Day to each and every one of you.  I hope you spend it with loved ones and always remember, cherish and appreciate the sacrifices brave men and women made for us.

And until next time …

Stay Classy Cubs Fans!!

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