CubsMas Day 2 winner...Day 3 suggestions please...
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Poor Theo and Jed
Posted 04 May 2012 - 06:21 AM
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Posted 04 May 2012 - 06:48 AM
It would have given me a lot less stress this early on that's for sure. I'm sure they are aware that both Marmol and Soriano are washed up, and sooner rather than later, they are going to find a creative way to move them. It still seems like the right move was to give these guys an opportunity at the beginning of this year to rebound and maybe build some value, but I'm sure that Theo and Jed aren't going to be sticking with unproductive players the way Hendry, Quade, and Lou did in the past few years.
No doubt King. I am sure the F.O. guys try not to let slow starts of certain players make them mad. This is going to be a long process. But it sure would have helped them out if those guys could have been a little better early on. Right??
Posted 04 May 2012 - 08:49 AM
I have bagged on Dale a few times and the more I see, the more I think he isn't ready to a big league manager.
Posted 04 May 2012 - 10:02 AM
That was my knee-jerk reaction, too. But having slept on it, I think it was somewhat defensible. First off, we've seen over the years that Marmol is a guy that can come in and look awful for two batters, then flip a switch and strike out the side. And really, he came pretty darn close. If Stewart makes that play... but regardless, I think Dale had an incentive to stick with Marmol and see if he could get out of it. Not only for this game, but for the rest of the season. If Marmol flips the switch in that inning, and shuts the door, that's a huge confidence boost for him, and maybe the switch stays on. But if Dale has to come pull him, then he has probably lost his closer.
I had high hopes for Sveum, but now I realize that I must've just been high. Yesterday's game and the way it was handled and the decisions he made are plenty of proof that he is not destined to be the skipper of the future.
And I think there was evidence that Marmol was maybe starting to "find it" in that AB against Phillips (he made some good pitches there). Then, obviously the wheels came off.
I know the manager's primary focus has to be to win the game they're currently playing, but I think Dale was really trying to manage for the future there, by giving Marmol a chance to prove his value (Both for the the Cubs this season, and as a potential trade piece). Clearly, that is not the way a winning team manages, but this is not a winning team. It's kind of like the opposite of Quade, who only played players he thought gave him the best chance to win, regardless of which players the team might benefit from getting a look at in the long run.
Posted 04 May 2012 - 07:24 PM
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