Hello again, everybody. Something got into the Cubs since we last talked. They started played respectfully, won five in a row, and gave our eyes some baseball enjoyment. However, a blown save and a trip to the Steel City put the young Cubbies right back in their place. But, it was a nice respite, and hopefully a glimpse of more promising campaigns that might just be right around the corner … or not.
It’s Friday, it is almost officially summer, and it’s Fathers’ Day Weekend so let’s get down to rambling.
- Trade Hammel now. Just do it. Maybe there was a reason he was only able to garner a one-year deal in free agency. He is starting to return to normal. Get more than you expected, and get it now.
- Don’t look now, but Luis Valbuena is having an impressive year. Who knew? Seriously, who did? Every now and again you strike gold on a random signing.
- Baseball games are just too long. I know Len has been talking about this quite often lately, but the Tuesday night’s game against the Mets was nearly four hours. I left during the sixth inning … three hours into the game.
- I don’t mean to belabor the point, but this must be addressed. The bulk of baseball games are played on weeknights when both adults and children have to get up early for daily responsibilities like learning, taking care of said children, and making money.
- If the MLB does not address this, ratings and league income will decline. I am lucky I live in the neighborhood, but people are not going to go to a few games a year with the family if it means getting home at midnight on a Tuesday.
- The Shark has struggled a bit as of late. Yep, Captain of the Obvious is back again, but the point being, he has yet to go a full season as an ace, or some may argue, even as a number-2 in the rotation.
- The next 45 days will be very interesting when it comes to the Cubs. The selling season is about to open, and the Cubs are ready to open the “Cuboards.”
- See what I did there? Yes, I know, it was obvious.
- As we all know, Bryant is destroying the Southern League, but is still a bit behind Baez’s pace from last season. I am not expert, but doesn’t it make sense to move Bryant up now?
- Or is the myth that Double A is better that Triple A true? Baez’s first 6 or 7 weeks of this season could be the basis of an argument that it is not. And yes, I know, one example does not a sound point make.
- Okay, I may be one of his bigger supporters, but it is about time for Mike Olt to go play every day in Iowa. He has to see live pitches regularly. He is more likely to be part of the Cubs future than Darwin. The future needs the practice.
- And since this is the Cubs, one of the lone bright spots of the season, Emilio Bonifacio, is most likely on his way to the DL. The Cubs Way.
- Anthony Rizzo this season … I like it, I like it a lot. The kid is on a good pace, and could finally be settling in to a nice little decade or more on the North Side. And wouldn’t that be great to see.
- June 13- Luis Valbuena has the highest batting average on the Cubs. Oh right, it’s Friday the 13th. Makes more sense now … but only a little.
- I know I sound like a broken record here, but Hector Rondon, a Rule-5 pick, is just tearing it up. Give credit where credit is due. This was a great selection.
- Jake Arrieta has a 2.50 ERA in seven starts. I like that a lot as well. Again, I understand it is only seven starts, and albeit a very dark cloud; there is still a silver lining or two. Jake is one of them.
- Remember when everyone was freaking out about Javier Baez. He is just fine nowadays. And those in the know still have him as a top-3 or top-5 prospect. Yes, his average needs to improve, but he is clearly on his way back.
- Reports were out this week that the Cubs would be spending this offseason, and Hoyer tentatively confirmed that. Okay, he “very tentatively, kind of confirmed” that.
- So, I ask, if it was up to who, who is the one free agent you want the Cubs to sign? I will be honest, I do not know for sure who will be free agents, but my gut tells me I want the Cubs to sign Jon Lester. Who is it for you?
- And finally, I would like to wish my dad a very happy Father’s Day! Thank you for everything. I couldn’t ask for more.
And to all of you out there who are dads or play the role of dad, a very Happy Father’s Day to you as well. I have been told there is no greater gift in life.
Here is hoping everyone has a safe and enjoyable Father’s Day Weekend. Also, as always, here is a shout-out to Moms everywhere.
And until next time … Stay Classy Cubs Fans!!