Last year I undertook the monstrous endeavor of blogging about my entire OOTP Cubs season one week at a time over the course over the season. This was way too much because it put too much pressure on me to play the game just for the sake of trying to keep up with the season. This year I thought I’d provide updates on the season every 30 games for my team and let you know where we stand. That being said, here is where we stand after 30 games for the 2009 OOTP Cubs.

Record: 10-20 (8.5 GB behind the Houston Astros)

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Mulan release

  • Jan 10th – Nomar Garciaparra is signed to a one year contract worth $1.46 million to backup Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez. In 40 AB’s for the team he would hit .125 and would be traded to the Mets in a multi player deal that would net us Jenrry Mejia & Wilmer Flores
  • Jan 15th – Paul Lo Duca is signed to a 2 year contract worth $550,000 per season to backup Geo Soto. Lo Duca would be included in the Nomar deal with Paul Bako promoted from AAA to replace him.
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  • April 17th – Claimed Steve Trachsel off waivers from the Angels to pitch in AAA. He was on a minor league contract and he’s always been one of my favorites so I thought “what the heck!?!” He didn’t do too well in AAA out of the pen and has since been demoted to AA as a member of the rotation.
  • April 18th – Claimed Brian Dopirak off waivers from Toronto just because I know Mark hates him so much and that I knew he’d read this.
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    April 21st – In an effort to address the lefty need in the pen due to Neal Cotts sucking up the place, I moved Logan Watkins to the Astros in exchange for Chris Blazek. He’s still in AAA due to the trade for former Cub Andy Sisco, who was brought to the Majors after pitching great in AAA.

  • April 24th – Traded Aaron Heilman and Chad Fox to the Mariners for Ryan Rowland-Smith and Nick Adcock. Rowland-Smith slots in as the 5th starter and has been average, but a heck of a lot better than Heilman.
  • May 1st – Moved a hot hitting Jason Dubois to Cincinnati before someone figured out he sucks in return for Homer Bailey and Micah Owings. Both were struggling with the Reds farm system and I think they just wanted to give them a change. I’ll take em off their hands.
  • May 13th – Signed Rich Harden to a 3 year contract extension worth a total of $42 mil that includes incentives for 200 IP and a Cy Young award. He’s been my best starter and I can’t let him go. According to the owner’s budget, I didn’t have any money left for extensions, but he did approve the deal.

Who’s Doing What?

  • Carlos Zambrano – he’s been terrible as the ace. In six starts so far, he’s thrown 36 IP with a record of 1-4 and an ERA of 6.25. Particularly alarming to me is the fact that his WHIP is a stunning 1.94. He really needs to step up his game. His lack of success was the major factor in my decision to re-sign Harden. Ryan Dempster is also getting rocked and needs to step up his game immensely.
  • Rich Harden – His record is 4-1 with an ERA of 2.68. He has 47 K’s in 37 IP over 6 starts.
  • Kevin Gregg – He’s been my setup man and has an ERA of 0.75 in that role. I’ve been very pleased with his performance and I’m perfectly happy with keeping him in that spot.
  • Chad Gaudin – He’s been about as bad in this game as he has this spring. I’ve got him on the waiver wire so hopefully someone will take his $2 mil contract off my hands.
  • Joey Gathright – He started the year on my bench, with Kosuke Fukudome getting the start in CF. Fukudome screwed himself into the ground and found himself in AAA where he is still stinking up the joint. Gathright has taken the job, and while not running with it, has been effective and has stolen 9 bases so far. He’s on pace for 59 on the year.
  • Aramis Ramirez – He’s been very quiet and hasn’t driven many runs in. If his bat gets going, I think we’ll start winning a few more games.

Stardust release

That’s where we stand to date. Hopefully at the 60 game update, I’ll have better news for you. The goal is to be back to .500 at that point. Feel free to give me your comments or questions on the league as a whole. Let’s have some fun with this.

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