Rambling While the Cubs are Improving?

Hello again, everybody. It has been another week, and the Cubs are yet again 5-5 in the last ten. This could change before I finish writing this as they are currently leading the Nats 3-1. However, 5-5 is better than 2-8 and that is an improvement. It is happening slowly, but this team is maturing. And that is a good thing. A very … good … thing.

And with that, let’s get to some ramblings.

  • Before I get any further, let me say this: Bringing up Kris Bryant this season makes zero business sense. None whatsoever. And it will not happen. This conversation is a waste of time. Not happening.
  • If we can exclude Veras, the Cubs bullpen has been rock solid this season. 2.88 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, both rank in the top-5.
  • The bullpen is primarily made up of young, controllable players with other good options, like Vizcaino, Rivero and Rosscup in the pipeline.
  • And while on this topic, James Russell has 18 straight appearances without giving up an earned run. And I expect him to be traded. He is hot right now and only under team control for one more year.
  • Remember what I said about Bryant … yea, same goes for Baez. It makes zero business sense. Baseball teams are a business first. The bottom line matters most.
  • I talked about this recently, but I think I am most excited about Jake Arrieta. He is under team control until 2017 and has been sensational lately.
  • But yea, trading Feldman was such a horrible decision. Man, if we only had Feldman and Marshall, this team would have two World Series titles in the past four years.
  • It’s 5-3 in the 8th now … that is meaningless to you because it will be Friday when you read this. Still makes me laugh.
  • I read a very interesting breakdown in SI about college baseball’s move to small ball, due to the change in aluminum bats, and how pro scouts are having a very difficult time gauging power numbers for college players.
  • The Cubs were discussed and the article explained Schwarber’s selection because his power stuck out so clearly based on the rapid decline in home runs. The SI is a week old, so it should be available online if you are interested. It’s a good, quick read.
  • Castro and Rizzo are both back to the .290 area with solid power numbers. I expect both to have the best power years of their respective careers. Actually, I believe Castro has already done that.
  • I ask this question, if Rizzo ends the season at .290 with 35 and 90, what word or phrase do you use to describe his season? I am not saying he is the best or anything like that, but that is a very, very good year for a 2014 MLB First Baseman.
  • Let’s hope Junior Lake is okay. He has the potential. I threw out a comment last week that I knew would drive conversation, and it did. Do I think Lake will ever hit 35 homers in the majors … well, I don’t know.
  • What I was saying is that he has raw skill and talent. And if harnessed and developed properly, he could pleasantly surprise all of us. To say it will never happen, well that is your prerogative, but I would also like to see your bank account.
  • I mean, if you can predict the future, you would be a millionaire 200 times over, right? I mean, Biff Tannen was.
  • I think it is time for Mike Olt to learn more about the great state of Iowa. And learn it very, very soon. Every day at-bats are too important right now.
  • So much for pulling in a decent prospect for Nate Schierholtz. I guess the saying “career year” exists for a reason.
  • This team really needs someone who can steal a lot of bases. Speed is becoming increasingly important (not that it wasn’t before), and Bonifacio cannot do it alone. Especially from the disabled list.
  • I will leave you with this. I was at a lengthy company meeting this week. In a breakout session, we were all asked that familiar question, ‘If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be?”
  • Is it wrong that Harry Caray went through my head, and I actually thought about him for multiple seconds?

And the Cubs win! The weekend is upon us, the Bulls drafted Dougie McBuckets, and it’s the summer. Happy weekend to you and yours! Be safe and enjoy it, my faithful CCO friends.

And until next time …

Stay Classy Cubs Fans!!

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