Cubs Ramblings from the Scoreless Bronx

Hello again, everybody. It was another rough week for the Northsiders in what is bound to turn into many, many, and many more rough weeks for this team. I have some observations and truths to share with you below. I will try to keep it lighthearted, but some things just need to be said.

With that, let’s stop wasting time, and get down to rambling. And no, I do not believe rambling is wasting time.

  • The Cubs faced two pretty decent pitchers in the Bronx this week, and responded well scoring zero runs in two games. Well played, Cubbies.
  • While Tanaka has looked awesome, I will remind you of Dice-K’s first season. To the national media, slow your role on this one, champs.
  • Three games does not a career make. He may be the real deal, but I am still fine with not spending the money on the kid. The lion share of Japanese players has not been successful for a long period of time.
  • Baseball is rough … Rusin comes in on Saturday and does a great job of saving bullpen arms, and is immediately sent to the minors the next day.
  • Yes, I understand that moves are made for specific games, but buses and $19 per diems are not the same as chartered flights and Hiltons or Hyatts.
  • I really do like that Yankee fans are back to their normal mental state thinking that the Cubs are a good barometer to rate a pitching staff. Ah, the east-coast attitude … never fails to make me laugh.
  • I hope I did not just alienate anyone. No, you are one of the nine east-coasters of which this does not apply.
  • Captain Obvious rearing his obvious head … simply put, the Cubs need better players.
  • I am not going to lie, I figured Baez had broke his ankle. I really did. That is my mindset with this team. I was overjoyed and elated (I like being redundant) that it appears to be a minor injury. Friggin’ elated that it was minor. Not mad that he got hurt, happy that it was not bad.
  • Other teams or fans of other teams don’t share this mindset.
  • I am writing this as the Hawks are about to go into Overtime. It really has me thinking about the Cubs winning it all. Six or seven years ago you could hear a pin drop in the UC during a hockey game and now Chicago is a hockey town.
  • A crazy hockey town. Tom … go talk to Rocky.
  • As regular readers know, I am a huge Ricketts apologist, but he is going to keep getting killed in the media if he doesn’t spend money.
  • And while I totally understand that point, I will ask you to tell me below … spend money on who? Who should he have spent money on? Give me three examples of great offseason signings the past two years. I am not saying examples do not exist, but I just want to hear them.
  • I know it’s been less than three weeks, but Bonifacio has been great. Completely and totally unexpected.
  • While I have been very clear that Olt should be playing every day, Valbuena’s OBP is over 150 points higher than his batting average. That is impressive.
  • His .207 batting average is not. Olt, Olt, Olt. And yes, I know that Olt is batting, well, .207 as well. Olt could be the future. Valbuena is not.
  • Five Cubs have two homeruns. No one else has any.
  • If Junior Lake plays every day, he will have a very good chance to eclipse Jose Hernandez’s strikeout record. He has 15 in 38 at-bats. He is on pace for … a lot of strikeouts.
  • The Shark is there for the taking. Will someone pony up for him? Or will he sign with the Cubs? What is going to happen? I have been very anchored in my thinking that he will remain a Cub, but I may be starting to waver. Let me know what you think.

That is all for now. And again, if I wasn’t clear above, I want more Mike Olt. More Mike Olt. To those who observe and celebrate, I hope you have a soulful, joyous and enjoyable Easter Weekend.

And until next time …

Stay Classy Cubs Fans!!

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