I can’t decide if I want to see the Heat lose in the NBA Finals (buzzer beater by Kevin Durant in Game Seven, for example?), or if I want them to win so people can stop talking incessantly about whether they can finally do it.
- Scott Padilla wonders just how much worse this season can get for the Cubs, who are already on pace to lose a franchise record 110 games. If they deal Matt Garza, Ryan Dempster, and others this Summer, aren’t they going to lose even more games? I’m not sure, given that various expected winning formulas say the Cubs should be slightly better than there 19-40 record – in other words, when the luck evens out, the Cubs might pick up a few more wins, even without Garza/Dempster/others. But, even though it’s early June, it’s safe to say the Cubs will be in the battle for the worst record in baseball all season long. Padilla also wonders how many losses this year are too many, in terms of losing fans and creating a psychological scar for next season. I’m not sure I’m too worried about either of those things, but it’s an interesting question.
- Dale Sveum admitted yesterday that losing 20 of 24 games is “getting a little boring.”
- Alfonso Soriano – the only guys who’s been playing consistently well over the last month – says the Cubs have no confidence. “I think we lost our confidence. I think that’s more important,” said Soriano. We’re working so hard to try to get better and have a better record, but I think the confidence is down. “We have to keep working hard and work to get our confidence back. I think that’s the problem in this clubhouse right now is we don’t have the confidence.”
- Soriano credits, in part, hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo for his resurgence this year. “I’m not surprised because of the work that I do,” Soriano said. ‘I’m working hard with Rudy and working hard on my defense and trying to be better every day.”
- Geovany Soto will begin his rehab assignment at AAA Iowa tomorrow. He’s coming back from minor knee surgery.
- Christina Kahrl looks at the journeymen of yesterday who are playing like stars today – and, yes, Bryan LaHair is the poster child.
- Arizona Phil at TCR offers the final, unofficial Extended Spring Training stats. Short season baseball will be underway very soon, so we’ll finally get a professional look at some of the Cubs’ big draftees from 2011, including Dan Vogelbach, Shawon Dunston, Jr., and, eventually, Dillon Maples.
- We’re discussing our Cubs Mount Rushmore over at the Message Board.