Rambling About the Cubs While Waiting for Them to Score

Hello again, everybody. We are about to enter June and the Cubs have 19 wins. That is right, that is rough and that is awful. That is also three fewer victories than any other team … in all of baseball. Even the Astros have three more victories than the Cubs.

Hey, but then again, Jeff Samardzija got his first victory this week. And that is what is so important and needs to be discussed endlessly. So, now that I am not bitter about anything, let’s get to rambling …

  • Hey, in case you didn’t know, just wanted to let you know that the Cubs offense if horrible … like terribly, horribly, bad.
  • Ryan Kalish has three triples. Yea, seriously … and he was demoted to Iowa.
  • How many PR nightmares can occur before someone is held accountable? I am serious. How many? Apparently “a lot” is too few.
  • I have tried to listen to Crane’s interview, but have been unable. Technology has failed me today. Well, just once. So I do not know what he said or what was asked.
  • But I see no reason why the Cubs cannot go ahead and start with the parts of the plan that have been approved. Put a shovel in the ground. When that happens, the public support will grow exponentially.
  • I feel there is plenty there, but I do believe some are holding back because they do not totally believe Ricketts is really going to do this thing.  Putting a shovel into the ground will start the groundswell.
  • Also, I know there is a contract, and I get the legal rights to all, but I do not feel sorry for business owners who have made huge sums of money off of someone else’s product, and kept it all. And then, in recent years, they had to start sharing.
  • Sharing 17%. SEVENTEEN PERCENT.
  • No, I am not bitter about a thing today. Not at all.
  • The batting averages are plummeting. Fast. When your late offseason signing is hitting .273 is the highest that is a problem. And that batting average has been dropping … hard.
  • I, for one, was rooting against Samardzija on Monday. I was really hoping to see the first winless starting pitcher in the All-Star game.
  • I am becoming a broken record here, but Junior Lake is getting better and better every week. He could work on his patience, but any long-term production from Junior is gravy.
  • When will Kris Bryant be in Iowa? I am curious. I am sure there are arguments to each side. In two months he has proven to me that he doesn’t have much left to prove in AA.
  • I mean, do streaks last two months? Or by that point, is it a trend?
  • Also, the sky has stopped falling, and Javy Baez has started hitting. Until three weeks ago, I had not idea the two were connected.
  • May 30, Brian Schlitter, 22.1 IPs, 2.42 ERA.  Didn’t … See … That … Coming.
  • As Hammel’s ERA rises, his trade value drops. So, unless we sign him up for two or three years, ship him out … soon.
  • The Cubs are cruising right along to have the top pick in about 53.5 weeks, and I don’t see that changing, especially with certain trades that undoubtedly happen.
  • Speaking of the draft, I have had very little time to read about the prospects, and I have no idea what is really out there.  It’s all news to me at this point.
  • So, regarding the draft, I ask you to have at it in the comments. Tell us who you want the Cubs to draft and why. Please. I think this will be a great Friday conversation before a weekend of being destroyed by a team who has no business being good.

Again, not bitter about anything. Not at all. I am serious; I would love to have some great conversation about the draft. Tom U does an absolutely stellar job covering the minors for the CCO, and that is where the focus is. The next draft pick is going to get so much attention and talk, so let’s get it started now. I hope everyone has an absolutely wonderful weekend.

And until next time …

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  • woody34

    In the following order if available:

    1. Rodon.
    2. Kolek
    3. Jackson.
    4. A cheaper option that brings tremendous picks with rounds 2 and 3 being above slot signings.

  • cubsin

    1. Rodon
    2. Aiken
    3 Hoffman (under slot)
    4. Nola (slightly under slot)
    5. Freeland (underslot)
    6. Gordon
    7. Jackson
    8. Kolek

  • GaryLeeT

    “I was really hoping to see the first winless starting pitcher in the All-Star game.”

    Cheer up Brian, because he could still be the first 1 win SP to be an All-Star.

    • Ripsnorter1

      If you had made that remark, a firestorm would have broken out.

      • John_CC

        Not true…I was actuall hoping to see a win-less Jeff with a 1.90 ERA also. First to continue to drive home the pointlessness of focusing on the W in a pitcher’s line. Second because I think everyone is sick of growing selfishness and being “winless” would be deserved…in a karmic sense.

        • GaryLeeT

          We all know how pointless wins are. Especially the Cubs.

          • cubtex

            hahaha. yes we do

  • GaryLeeT

    “The Cubs are cruising right along to have the top pick in about 53.5 weeks,”

    A full 2 game lead! Just got to love the plan, and the reason why we won’t see Bryant, Baez, or anybody that could help the team, until September.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Bryan,

    The Cubs are dead last in MLB. Cubtex was right when he said this is the worst Team Theo team has put on the field in the three years they have been leading the organization. And then, there is always “wait until next year.”

    Houston….in May thus far, they are #7 in MLB in runs scored.

    KC…drafting high is working quite well for them. They just named Dale Sveum as their new hitting coach. KC is currently #23 in MLB in runs scored, just slightly ahead of #27 Cubs. I don’t see good things ahead for KC.

    Last place in runs, you ask? Congratulate those San Diego Padres on their continued success.

    Why is Houston scoring runs while the KC Royals eternal rebuild continues to wallow in the slew of despair? It’s the slugging. Houston slugged .420 this month, while the Royals slugging has been a dismal .337.

    My advice to Team Theo in the draft?
    1. Draft no High School pitchers in the first round.
    2. Avoid college arms with control problems.
    3. Draft the biggest powerbat in they can find.

    • cubtex

      It didn’t take a genius to predict how bad this Cubs team would be. An outfield of Schierholtz,Lake,Sweeney,Ruggiano and Kalish? EJax as your #3? No middle of the order bats? I said this at the time they traded Soriano and didn’t add a middle of the order bat. You cannot just plug hitters anywhere and be successful.
      Let’s look at our #3 and #4 hitters this year. Neither of these 2 should be hitting in the middle of any lineup. I love Castro and think he is special but he is not a 3 or 4 hitter at this stage of his career or might never be……same obviously for Rizzo.

      Our #3 hitter with RISP
      54 PA 9 hits 2 2B 0 3B 0 HR

      Our #4 hitter with RISP
      56 PA 11 hits 2 2B 0 3B 1 HR

      Conclusion- Can’t win games or score many runs when you have your 3 and 4 hitter producing like this.

      • BigJonLilJon

        Baseball is a simple game. Hit the ball, catch the ball, throw the ball, and running. We can’t hit the ball. We don’t always catch the ball very well, Pitching has been decent, and we don’t run very well. Recipe for disaster. The object of the game is to score more runs than your opponent.
        I don’t have the numbers handy, but the Cubs record in 1 run games is atrocious. They have won a couple blow outs and not really been blown out by anybody. That’s why I put little to no stock in “run differential”. We need to get these young hitters up now. Let them learn on the fly. Stop babying them. Let’s see what they are made of.

        • cubtex

          They can’t score. They need 3 hits to score 1 run. The lack of thump in this lineup is ridiculous. Take a look at those numbers I put up from our 3 and 4 hitters. 110 PA with RISP with 1 HR hit combined? Beyond brutal!

          • Ripsnorter1

            My question to you: Isn’t that how Jed built his San Diego Padres?

            It sure was. And they have succeeded in becoming the last in MLB in runs scored.

      • Steve Baier

        Also, when your right fielders on May 30 have a combined total of 2 HRs, a BA under .220, and an OPS of around .600, that’s not good. Ouch. Hey, remember when the Cubs had guys like Andre Dawson and Sammy Sosa in RF?

        • Ripsnorter1

          Just wait until Sweeney comes off the DL.

        • Ripsnorter1

          Give Coughlan more playing time. That’ll fix it for you.

  • Sonate

    If available:

    1. Rodon
    2. Jackson
    3. Nola
    4. Hoffman

    I don’t believe for one second that the Cubs would draft the #24 ranked prospect (Pentecost) with the #4 pick. Even though drafting a pitcher in the first round is risky, Pentecost at #4 is a greater risk than either Rodon or Nola in my opinion. (Agree with Rip in that they should avoid HS pitchers in the 1st round.) If they pick a position player it should be Jackson, if available, not Pentecost.

  • Joe Hayes

    After the Minor League All-Star Break I’d like to see the Iowa lineup include Bryant in RF, Alcantara in CF and Baez at 2B in preparation for their Sept 1 call-up. Let the major league fire sale version 3 begin.

  • BigJonLilJon

    1. Rodon
    2. Kolek
    3. Aiken
    4. Jackson
    5. Beede
    6. Nola
    This draft simply doesn’t have a Bryant type position player available at 4. I would be fine if the Cubs went Jackson, Beede or Nola.

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  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Brian – thank you for no doubt jinxing Mr Schlitter.

    I think it is safe to say the schlit is really going to hit the fan now…

  • me

    it is time that somebody gets to Renteria.

    his handing of pitching is beyond belief. this is the majors, hopefully, and. not some low ranked sub Class A team. again leaving a troubled pitcher, Sam, in the game today was ridiculous.

    he is about to wreck the only positive we have had in 2014, our starting pitching. I have seen a ton of high school managers do a far better job of handing pitching.

    if no one cares about the present team, they ought to at least, be concerned about the damage made to a trading asset.