The Cubs are coming home today to host the Pittsburgh Pirates this weekend. After our boys played the spoilers in the Bay Area, they look to keep some momentum going as the final month of baseball starts on the northside. It just cannot come soon enough.
So, let’s get this Friday going and do some rambling to ring in the beginning of our holiday weekend.
• Could someone please tell this team that the games don’t matter in April, May or June either? That would make things much more enjoyable this time of year.
• But then again, that goes with the whole idea that Mike Quade just might be the best manager of games that do not matter at all, at least to the Cubs.
• San Francisco is one heck of a representation of why pitching is so important. The Giants have no hitting, yet are still in contention. Man, that would be nice.
• Adding starting pitchers should be No. 1 priority for this team. It is the most influential part of putting together a competitive baseball team.
• FYI, the 2011 Chicago Cubs are not a competitive baseball team.
• The Division should be up for grabs next year. Losing Prince Fielder will be a big blow to the Brewers. The Cardinals always compete. Will the Reds greatly underachieve again? Will the Pirates continue the purported revival? Oh, and then there are the Astros.
• At least the Cubs are not the Astros. That is a sad situation in southern Texas.
• Wait, I am confused. Are the Cubs looking for a new General Manager? I haven’t heard much about that.
• What to do, or what to do with our corner infielders? What should we do?
• I have a feeling we will see a little bit of Bryan LaHair. And I am even more certain that no matter what or how much he plays; many will think it is not enough.
• I can already see the comments.
• And I am not saying either side is wrong, but it is always entertaining to watch. LeHair did have a crazy awesome offensive season, but he will be 29 in November.
• I do not see him as a player of the future, especially because he has not played with any consistency at the major-league level. Then again, he has only played in 45 games with a Big club. But, in no way is he any part of the Cubs’ future.
• So, let the conversation begin.
• Also, I am fine with resigning Carlos Pena to another one-year contract. However, I have yet to be contacted for an interview with Tom Ricketts, so I don’t think my opinion really matters regarding this topic.
• I honestly have no idea what to think of Aramis’ future. The GM will have no past relationship with him so there will not be any sense of loyalty. I am very interested to see how that situation will play out. As I said, I really do not know what to expect.
• Riddle me this: Why was Pena even placed on waivers? That whole scenario made absolutely no sense to me. I just don’t get it.
• I have said it before, and I will say it again. I think Geo Soto’s days as a Cubs starter are numbered. A .229 average does not cut it for an average to below-average defensive catcher.
• He is still under control for a few more years so I am not sure there is any sense to get rid of him, but he should have a short leash if he is a starter at the beginning of the 2012 season.
• Well, I have taken up over 600-some-odd words of your time, so I will leave it at that.
I am sure there are plenty of you with thoughts about the GM and some other offseason moves that need to be made. So, l let’s hear what you have to say. Start unleashing your fury below.
And until next time …
Stay Classy Cubs Fans!!