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Another Demarmolizing loss, and why we shouldn't give up on 2012.....yet.
Posted 12 May 2012 - 07:51 AM
I am not advocating giving up the long range goals, but just consider that the Giants won a World Series a couple of years ago with a lineup as crappy as ours, but loads of pitching. I have no illusions that the Cubs are that good, but we shouldn't give up for at least another month. Consider:
1. If Samard(former ND WR) keeps it up, we have three legit starters. Right now the Cubs are 8th in the league in quality starts. They have enough starting pitching to contend.
2. LaHair is for real. Ride this out.
3. Castro can really hit...in case you didn't notice.
Another decent bat, and if we get the bullpen in order, this team could be fun to watch.
Posted 14 May 2012 - 07:27 AM
Posted 14 May 2012 - 07:59 AM
The glass isn't half full. It is just too big.
Overly positive, perhaps. However I think it's valid to point out that, minus Volstad the rotation has been really solid. The guys at the top of the order themselves, coupled with said rotation are keeping the Cubs in virtually every game they play. When you only have half a lineup that can hit and no bullpen and you're still competitive... the glass can only be half full, right?
"It's not the dress that makes you look fat, it's the fat that makes you look fat." - Al Bundy
"Ow" - Dylan Bundy
Posted 14 May 2012 - 08:57 AM
Now, the bullpen is bad, there's no doubt about that. But, the fact that every time they trot out on the mound, they have almost zero margin for error can't be helping.
Posted 14 May 2012 - 09:24 AM
1) total runs scored vs. total runs scored against...aren't we doing OK in this category. We are in so many games and could win more of the close ones going forward.
2) Volstad out of the stretch vs. Volstad in the wind-up...Isn't the big boy actually doing better in the wind-up?
(Edit: I just looked this up. Someone tell me if I'm doing this wrong. Volstad in 2012 with the bases empty: 2.67 SO/BB and .247 BA against. Volstad in 2012 with runners on 1.11 SO/BB and .345 BA against.)
3) LaHair and Castro at the plate. That is two of the top 10 hitters in the league. That is a lot.
Edited by FromFenwayPahk, 14 May 2012 - 09:42 AM.
Posted 18 May 2012 - 07:45 AM
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