Archive for September, 2005

Maddux: My Thoughts

Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

As promised, I’d like to share my opinions on what I would like to see Maddux do for the 2006 season. I’d like to first take a look at 3 of Greg Maddux seasons in his career to compare some numbers.

1990 15 15 35 35 8 2 237 242 116 91 11 71 144 3.46
2004 16 11 33 33 2 1 212 218 103 95 35 33 151 4.02
2005 12 13 32 32 2 0 203.2 217 101 97 26 34 124 4.31

If you look at those numbers, you’ll notice that Maddux numbers really have not declined from his earlier days as an Atlanta Brave. With Prior & Zambrano the only locks in the 2006 rotation, I think you absolutely have to have Maddux back in ’06 for this team to have any shot at all at competing. Zambrano, Prior, Maddux and then it’s pick two from the list of question marks and hope. Wood, Rusch, Williams, Koronka, Hill, Dempster, Mitre or Guzman. It’s actually quite scary how uncertain our staff has become. If Maddux can add any type of stability in that rotation, by all means, bring him back.

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Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

A lot of what I read these days seems to revolve around if Greg Maddux will return to Chicago next year. My question to you is this. What are the PRO’s and CON’s to him returning to the ballclub next year to finish his contract and probably retire? I’ll be back tonight to let you know what I think about the issue, but for now, please sound off with your opinion.

Also, I apologize for the lack of quality writing from me this last month or so. My wife and I recently moved into our first home and if you’ve ever moved before, you know what stress that involves. If not, head over to Andy’s weblog and take a look at all the work he’s done to his house to make it the kickin’ bachelor pad it is at the moment.

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Just What the Doctor Ordered

Sunday, September 18th, 2005

Well, now that Cubs seem to be done pretending that they are in the Wild Card race, but with the offseason too far away to start speculating on free agents, the time has come for a little distraction from baseball. For me, that distraction came this weekend in the form of poorly played golf and the one team that bring Cubs fans and Sox fans together…the Chicago Bears. As you may recall, prior to the Bears opening game against Washington, I picked the Bears to beat the ‘Skins 17-6, thus proving that I missed my true calling as a TV weather forecaster. So I, like many Bears fans, came into this weekend’s game against Detroit with serious doubts. Detroit had easily beaten Green Bay, shutting down Bears nemesis’ Brett Favre and Ahman Green. They had what could be one of the best young offenses in the league, with first round picks Charles Rogers, Roy Williams, Kevin Jones, Joey Harrington and Mike Williams. Listening to sports talk radio didn’t do much for my attitude either: according to most callers, Lovie Smith needed to be fired, most of the players cut, and the stadium shoved into Lake Michigan. Sunday’s Chicago Tribune was worst of all. In the head to head matchups of QB, RB, WR, OL, DL, LB, DBs, special teams and coaching, the Bears were seen to have an edge only at the running back and special teams positions. I waited anxiously today for noon to come, knowing full well that at that time, the mighty Detroit Lions would emerge from the tunnel, the sky would darken, Lake Michigan would boil, the earth would open up and swallow the Bears, and Chicago would be annexed as the latest suburb of Detroit. Well, it turns out, the experts know about as much as I do. The Bears dominated the game, scoring on offense, defense and special teams, running the ball at will, and seemingly catching more of Joey Harrington’s passes than his receivers did (it appears that putting Mr. Harrington in charge of such a high powered offense was, as Dan Hampton would say, like letting a monkey drive a limousine).

And so, after a 38-6 butt kicking, all was right with the world. The Bears vaulted into first place of the NFC North, and both the Vikings and Green Bay lost badly, thus raising hopes that just maybe, this our year. But if it isn’t, at least I can savor this victory for another full week, before the Bears have to go out and do it again. It even makes up for the bad golf.

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Thru Cub Eyes: On Vacation

Friday, September 16th, 2005

Series resumes next Friday. I was going to do The Universe but why ruin a perfectly good Friday with his self-centered ego-maniacal drivel? No post is better than a lousy post.

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A Little Hope (very little)

Tuesday, September 13th, 2005

This is for those Cubs fans out there still holding on to the slim hope that our boys may yet pull out some kind of playoff appearance. Last Friday, TJ Brown came up with the following guide to a scenario that would allow the Cubs to win the Wild Card. Here it is below, starting with last Friday’s games:

“Now, I’m not saying this is possible, but…

2-1 at MIL
2-2 vs. FLA
2-1 vs. MIL
3-1 at PIT
0-3 at Cubs
0-2 at the Stl
2-2 vs. the Cubs
Final Record: 86-76

1-2 at Philly
2-2 at Hou
2-1 vs. Philly
1-2 at NY
1-2 at ATL
2-1 vs. Nats
2-1 vs. ATL
Final Record 86-76

2-1 vs. Fla
2-2 vs. Braves
1-2 at Florida
2-1 at Chip’s place
3-0 at Cincy
2-1 vs the Mets
1-2 at Nats
Final Record 86-76

1-2 vs. Braves
2-1 at Mets
2-1 at Padres
3-0 vs. Giants
3-0 vs. NY
1-2 at Florida
2-1 vs. Philly
Final Record 86-76

3-0 at Stl
1-2 vs. Nats
3-0 vs. Braves
2-1 vs. Fish
0-3 at Nats
1-2 at Phils
4-0 at Rockies
Final Record 84-78

1-2 vs Houston
3-0 at Ariz
1-2 at Houston
0-3 vs. Cubs
3-0 vs. Cards
4-0 vs. Reds
3-0 at Pittsburgh
Final Record 84-78

And then, the Cubs
2-1 at SF
3-0 vs. Reds
3-1 vs. St. Louis
3-0 at Milwaukee
3-0 vs. Houston
2-0 vs. Pirates
2-2 at Astros
Final Record 87-75

Things were actually going quite well until yesterday, when the Cubs were the first team to deviate from the formula by losing to the Reds (and Aaron Harang!). So now the Cubs have to pick up an extra win somewhere, against either Houston or St. Louis. Good luck boys, you’re going to need it.

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