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    Cubbies

    Why oh Why do people get hyped up on the Cubs??? Watching the game on my computer and they really don't impress me.

    Don't get me wrong, but they've had one game where they have looked good. Where's the hitting? There are 3 guys that can hit, and only 2 of them are doing it right now. Pitching hasn't been all that great. They have a lot of work to do to look like a playoff team.

    (Here's hoping I'm eating my words in the next few weeks)


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    Re: Cubbies

    Alot of team start off in April with cold hitting. They get over it, but the cubs probably won't because they are the cubs.



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    Re: Cubbies

    I don't think that I'd get too excited about anything right now.

    My Pirates are tied for first place.
    I doubt that will last much longer.

    The Central sucks. Anybody could win it. Well, most anybody.



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    Re: Cubbies

    I know it's early, but with all the hype about them this year, it's disappointing I haven't seen any spark yet. Whatever, I go through the same thing every year and I'll still watch and root for them even if they are 20 games under .500.


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    Re: Cubbies

    The Cubs offense should be fine barring injury. It's the pitching I would be concerned about if I were a Cub fan.

    That, and I think having Alfonso Soriano batting leadoff for a team, especially an NL team, is one of the most monumental wastes in the history of baseball. And baseball goes back quite a ways.



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    Re: Cubbies

    The Cubs offense should be fine barring injury. It's the pitching I would be concerned about if I were a Cub fan.

    That, and I think having Alfonso Soriano batting leadoff for a team, especially an NL team, is one of the most monumental wastes in the history of baseball. And baseball goes back quite a ways.



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    Re: Cubbies

    Quote Originally Posted by mwitt View Post
    The Cubs offense should be fine barring injury. It's the pitching I would be concerned about if I were a Cub fan.

    That, and I think having Alfonso Soriano batting leadoff for a team, especially an NL team, is one of the most monumental wastes in the history of baseball. And baseball goes back quite a ways.

    Starting pitching has been fairly solid this far, it is the offense that is under achieving.



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    Re: Cubbies

    It's too early to really "evaluate" any teams right now. I mean just look at the standings and do you think that the Pirates are really going to finish over .500 or the Oakland A's are going to finish last in the AL West?

    The Cubs offense will come around, just too many good hitters on the team not to. I think the pitching has been better than most thought actually. Going into today they were 6th in the NL and holding batters to just .229 which is 3rd best in the NL. The 4.50 ERA puts them 14th in that category though but they seems to be walking less people than last year, the strikeouts are still high, and the starters are giving them innings.

    Wade Miller had a rough outing and Zambrano on opening day was not good but his 2nd start was better. Lilly has looked good, Marquis not bad and Rich Hill had a perfect game going there I think until the 6th inning in his first start. It's the bullpen that has blown a couple games lately but I don't expect Howry and Eyre to have outings like that all year as both have been pretty solid relievers the past few seasons.

    I was not a big fan of the DeRosa signing but he's been good so far with 2 homers and 6 RBI. Lee and Ramirez are both batting over .400 and the team is 5th in the NL in BA at .263 but they aren't getting runs in.

    I wouldn't be so much worried about the Cubs right now as I would be as a Cardinal fan. Their pitching still has a lot of holes, especially now with Carpenter hurt and the offense I think will be ok but so far it's been worse than the Cubs. The Mets outscored them 20-2 in the first series of the season. And while Wells and Looper have had some nice starts I'm not sold on them until they keep it up some more. Wells hasn't had a healthy and good season in a long time and Looper has not been a starter and shakey in relief at times as well.



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    Re: Cubbies

    Quote Originally Posted by cys_av8r View Post
    Starting pitching has been fairly solid this far, it is the offense that is under achieving.
    That's why they play 162. Five games isn't nearly big enough of a sample size to declare the starting pitching as good. Time will tell, but they've yet to prove it.

    Why should we have any reason to believe that the Cubs won't score runs? They have one of the best hitting first basemen in baseball, they have one of the best hitting third basemen in baseball, they have one of the better hitting catchers in baseball, and they have one of the most dynamic offensive players in all of baseball in Soriano (albeit he is hitting in a dumb spot in the order, in my opinion). And that's not taking into consideration the fact that Jacque Jones is solid and has experience on playoff teams, Matt Murton is still emerging and can hit, they improved at 2B, etc.

    The SP, on the other hand, is going to rely on the likes of an unproven in Rich Hill (although he has very good potential), a question mark in Wade Miller, and a pitcher who is just not very good in Jason Marquis. If Prior can come back and show a glimpse of 2003, that will be a huge boost, but I've learned not to hold my breath with him.



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    Re: Cubbies

    Think of it this way...at least all of the cub threads stop about oh...mid may.



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    Re: Cubbies

    Quote Originally Posted by bcr4isu View Post
    Think of it this way...at least all of the cub threads stop about oh...mid may.
    Nah. Sure we're last in the central at the moment. But now there is no where to go but up....... I hope.



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    Re: Cubbies

    Nah. Sure we're last in the central at the moment. But now there is no where to go but up....... I hope.
    Is it possible for us to go further down the spiral than at the bottom of the worst division in the NL?


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    Re: Cubbies

    I hope so, but I never get my hopes up when it comes to the cubbies.



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    Re: Cubbies

    What I am trying to figure out is why Piniella has Jones hitting in the 2 hole. All he does is fly out or strike out and that's no way to help Soriano advance to 2nd. Murton or DeRosa is a much better fit since they are more versatile with the bat. They need someone to get in scoring position so Lee and Ramirez can drive them in.



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    Re: Cubbies

    Just waiting for the Pinella meltdown



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