Here We Go Again

We could see some hope for the Cubs. They were looking to take the first 3 games of their opening 2nd half series with the Phillies. Right when Colvin was about to gun Greg Dobbs at the plate, Geovany Soto drops a routine throw.

A few more walks and hits follow…

Phillies score 4 runs…

Cubs fail to score in bottom of 9th…

Here we go again.

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Zambrano has another “no-no”

          After his latest scuffle with a teammate, one thing is clear about Carlos Zambrano: Winning isn’t his biggest concern. In both instances Zambrano got in a fight with a teammate over something individual, not a team issue. He plays the game hard, which you have to like, but this time he’s crossed the line.

          The last two years, he hasn’t been earning his $90 million contract. Once his team suspension is over, he’ll be back in the bullpen, no place for someone making more than $16 million a year. Cubs fans, including myself were able to put up with his behavior before because he could still produce on the field. Now that he’s not producing, our patience with him is up. We have a team that has most players in the final years of their primes and will most likely now be sellers at the trade deadline. If we were lucky, we’d be “selling” Zambrno. Too bad nobody wants a $16 million contract for a pitcher who hasn’t had double-digit wins in two years.

Colvin to Start Season With the Major League Squad

 Manager Lou Piniella hinted yesterday that the south paw outfielder will start the season on the Opening Day roster. This is a surprising move because Sam Fuld was expected to be carried as the team’s 5th outfielder. However, a more powerful and filled out Tyler Colvin should have a chance to contribute to the team this year. Lou did say that Colvin will only make the team if he will have enough playing time available which seems plausable.

Colvin will join the following outfielders for the Cubs Opening Day roster:

LF Alfonso Soriano

CF Marlon Byrd

RF Kosuke Fukudome

OF Xavier Nady 

Only 12 days until Opening Day…

Soriano’s Knee okay?

When Alfonso Soriano reported to Cubs camp he said that his knee was feeling “80-85 percent” but he would have a better idea after running full speed. He was shut down last year to have surgery on that knee and he’s hurt that knee multiple times before. His power numbers have been decent as a Cub, but his average and steals have gone way down ever since he’s come to the North Side.

It would be key if Soriano could start stealing bases, because it would mean that pretty much any part of the lineup could run a hit and run. It’s all up to Soriano to work hard to get back to All-Star form. As for his efforts to hit a slider: that’s Rudy Jaramillo’s job.

Cubs win arbitration

     Sorry guys, i haven’t posted in a few days because I’ve been pretty busy, but with Spring Training starting I can’t wait for the season to start. In other news, the Cubbies won their arbitration case against Ryan Theriot…

     Theriot was one of only eight players that actually went to trial. Overall the owners won 5 out of the 8 cases. The Cubs offered their projected leadoff man 2.6 Million while Theriot wanted 3.4 Million. Even though Theriot lost his case, he’s getting a big raise from the $500,000 that he made last year.

     This was the Cubs’ first arbitration hearing since 1993 when they went (and won) against Mark Grace. The Cubs’ shorstop was the only player out of eight that were arbitration eligible that actually went to a hearing. 

     It’s important to know that GM Jim Hendry and Theriot have both said multiple times that this hearing brings no hard feelings between the two. Ultimately, Theriot will have to earn his new higher salary on the only thing that matters. The baseball field. 

MLB Preseason Power Rankings

     This is my preliminary list for the Power Rankings that will be updated weekly when the season starts. Feel free to leave comments with arguements and your own personal opinion..

 

   1. New York Yankees- Best team only got better

   2. Philadelphia Phillies- A little skeptical of the Cliff Lee deal, but still have a great lineup

   3. Boston Red Sox- Should keep pace with Yankees after addition of Lackey

   4. Seattle Mariners- By far the most improved team in the offseason, favorite in AL West

   5. St. Louis Cardinals- Pujols’ numbers will only get better with Holliday behind him

   6. Los Angeles Dodgers- Have one of the deepest bullpens in the league

   7. Chicago White Sox- Added lots of speed, Gordan Beckham’s coming out year

   8. Colorado Rockies- Very young and very talented, solid pitching staff

   9. Minnesota Twins- Have lots of speed and power, pitching depth is a concern

 10. Chicago Cubs- Improved lineup, if they stay healty, they’re a strong contender

 11. Atlanta Braves- Mix of veterans and young talent make them a contender in the NL East

 12. San Francisco Giants- One big bat away from being serious World Series contenders

 13. Detroit Tigers- Slightly behind White Sox and Twins, should be in 3-way for the division

 14. Milwaukee Brewers- Made some key additions to their pitching staff

 15. Texas Rangers- Very good lineup, pitching is a question mark as usual

 16. Arizona Diamondbacks- Their offseason moves were key, but overlooked

 17. Tampa Bay Rays- Their youth gives them an outside chance at the division

 18. Los Angeles Angels- Lost way too many key parts to contend seriously again

 19. New York Mets- There’s veteran leadership, then there’s just too many old guys

 20. Houston Astros- Always seem to be in the race until at least July

 21. Florida Marlins- Their young pitching gives them a small chance for the playoffs

 22. Baltimore Orioles- Young players keep getting more talented, should contend in 2-3 yrs.

 23. Cincinatti Reds- Any other manager but Baker would have them close to the playoffs

 24. Oakland A’s- Classic young unexperienced team, classic result

 25. Cleveland Indians- Seems like a sure-fire rebuilding year

 26. Kansas City Royals- Some unusual veterans will keep them above water

 27. Toronto Blue Jays- Gave up Halladay to get better in years to come, not this year

 28. Washington Nationals- Honestly believe they could be contenders in 3 years

 29. Pittsburgh Pirates- Promising young talent, well they’ll get traded soon anyway

 30. San Diego Padres- Can’t win many games with a team batting avg. barely over .200