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Posted 06 January 2012 - 03:02 PM
I am willing to bet my fur-lined, jewel-encrusted, BN banana hammock that the Cubs have a better record in 2012 than they did in 2011.
Feel free to ridicule me all you want.
Posted 06 January 2012 - 03:18 PM
Posted 06 January 2012 - 07:51 PM
Posted 06 January 2012 - 08:01 PM
surprise us, but by surprise I mean be a .500 team.
Either way, that's better than the '11 incarnation of the Cubs. Overpaid, declining veterans whose better days were behind them. Always hoping that they'd "revert to form" but knowing deep down they wouldn't because they're too old, use too heavy a bat, or can't keep their cool. If that sack-of-crap team can muster 71 wins, why the hell can't a bunch of young kids who will play hard every day?
One can hope.
Posted 07 January 2012 - 11:24 AM
I don't think LaHair/Stewart is going to be as dramatic of a drop from Pena/Ramirez as the consensus does. I think both LaHair and Stewart are fully capable of hitting .250 and hitting 20+ homeruns. I think the improvements to the starting rotation, will balance out anything lost from Pena/Ramirez. I also think that this team playing a style of baseball that suits it talent will help it win a few more games. As long as the bullpen is somewhere near the level it has been the last few years, it is not impossible to see this team playing near .500 this year.
Posted 07 January 2012 - 04:50 PM
Al: With every bullet, so far.
Posted 07 January 2012 - 05:50 PM
Honestly, I think I'll cheer harder for this team than any other Cubs team over the last few years. Last season was the first year since MLB.TV was invented that I missed a Cubs game. And that was just a handful in August and September. But I didn't have much interest in the ones I did watch after the second half anyway. Just a bunch of half assed efforts. This year, I just have a feeling that even if they're losing, the effort will be noticeably improved.
I love the moves they've made. Thought it would cost more for Rizzo. Thought we would get slightly less for Marshall. I just wish Ryne Sandberg would be the manager to lead us into the new era. He and Mark Grace are what made me Cubs fans (that and the fact WGN and TBS were the only channels showing baseball in Alaska at the time). I also FINALLY got the MLB network added by my cable provider. I sent them an email every other week for the last year demanding it. Not sure if I made the difference, but I like to think I'm that big of a deal.
Posted 07 January 2012 - 07:41 PM
Al: With every bullet, so far.
Posted 08 January 2012 - 03:17 PM
Now, with that out of the way. If I was betting money I'd have to take the over. i agree with others that the gloom and doom crowd are over blowing the situation.
However, if the best that is to be expected is 75 to 80 wins, what I'll be hoping for is 60 or less. If we are going to blow it up and start over, then may as well do it right. let the kids play, let them take their bumps and bruises along the way and get the top pick in the draft. Spend the money coming off the books next off season in the rotation. Then go all in next year.
Posted 10 January 2012 - 04:57 PM
I'm saying 80 wins - definitely more than last year. LaHair and Stewart will have to provide decent power with Soto bouncing back (even years, right). If all that happens, we'll have better speed, defense, and plate discipline. No Big Z to drag down morale, and no expectations to weigh on their shoulders. The sky is the limit. But then, I'm an eternal Cubs optimist (especially this time of year).
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