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Let's face it peoples

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Joe will likely offer a more analytical article soon about tonight’s Cubs game. What I want to comment upon now is the fact that we haven’t looked too good recently but all is not lost. It isn’t even June first and the Cubs are within four games of first. Are we playing good ball? Of course not, it’s been a while since I’ve seen an offense as anemic as this one. Three runs in twenty-seven innings in a crucial series is nothing less than under whelming. Our offense isn’t even going through the motions, it’s sleep-walking.

So what should be done? Should Uncle Lou throw a hissy-fit and get tossed tomorrow? Might not hurt but methinks more concrete actions should be taken. Right now we need bats. What I’d like to see is as follows:

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  1. Bring Jake Fox up immediately and demote Fontenot or Scales
  2. Hoff should be substituted for Bradley for a few games and Lee for one or two
  3. Hill for Soto until results prove otherwise
  4. The Cubs should get a deal done for DeRosa. Miles/Fontenot/Scales/Freel ain’t getting it done at third and super-sub and moves should be made.

Now I’m sure that there will be lots of people that don’t agree with my specific causes of action, anybody can disagree. But what concrete steps do you as readers think should be taken? What would you do if you had the reins for the team?

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  • 1. Bring Jake Fox up immediately and demote Fontenot or Scales;

    How is Fox supposed to replace Fontenot or Scales? Did he all of a sudden learn how to play 2b?

    2. Hoff should be substituted for Bradley for a few games and Lee for one or two;

    Lee is the one on the team hitting right now. Why should he get benched?

    4. The Cubs should get a deal done for DeRosa.

    This is incredibly unrealistic. Things like that – trading for a player that you just traded away – just don’t happen.

  • cap’n obvious

    I would start by getting a new hitting coach. The players we have are good, proven, big league hitters who just aren’t executing. It’s not necessarily Perry’s fault, but coaches are hired to be fired. Someone needs to be brought in from outside the organization…a hitting guru-type, who will force these guys to THINK during at-bats and have a plan. They look like a bunch of hackers right now.

  • sherm

    Lee is the one on the team hitting right now

    Much as I was anti-Kosuke going into the season, have to say that he’s the other one. You can’t bench them all, but Jeez Louise — Hoffpauir should be getting some at bats under the recent circumstances. Until he proves that he CAN’T hit at the major league level…he should be given the chance to do so everyday — since our offense is so anemic right now.

    I know it’s hard to bench Bradley after what they agreed to pay him and his past offensive prowess — but he flat out stinks right now. So does Fontenot. Sit them both for a few games and let someone else have a opportunity to lift the offense.

    Question — are the Cap’n and I the only ones who think that it’s time to fire Gerald Perry and find a new hitting coach? At what point do we say that the “approach” is part of the problem. I understand that execution is the key…

    (Remember Tommy LaSorda’s line? When the Dodgers were in a similar funk and he was asked about his team’s execution? He said he was in favor of it.)

    Anyway, slight digression, sorry. I think good hitters carry more than just a bat to the plate — they have a plan, an idea of what they want to do in the particular situation against the particular pitcher, etc. Isn’t it the hitting coach’s job to (try to) provide them with that plan? Maybe I misunderstand his job description.

    I just think we look ill-prepared a lot of the time. I agree with whoever said it. Lou needs a meltdown.

  • Brad

    Soriano may have to move to 2B. Then we can get Fox and Hoff some ab-bats. We all think Hoff is a capable major league hitter and we need to give Fox a shot. Why he isn’t playing 3B in the minors is beyond me. Find out in the minors whether he can play as well as the trio you have now or trade for DeRosa.

  • MJ

    Why does Jake Fox keep getting discussed? If he had any value to the team, Scales would not be up here right now, it’d be Jake instead. It’s quite obvious the brass knows he’s a hitter, but can’t play defense anywhere.

    And sherm, totally agree on Gerald Perry. Something has got to give, I just don’t know if dumping a hitting coach part way through a season is wise.

    If Gerald leaves, can he take Rothschild with him?

  • sherm

    If Gerald leaves, can he take Rothschild with him?

    Classic! I wish!

    Hey Cap’n — your thoughts on Rothschild?

  • mastrick (at work)

    One of my hopes in writing this post was that I wanted people to say what they would do if they were running the show. I understand why the first poster doesn’t like my suggestions, what specifically would he do to better the team? That is what I’m interested in hearing.

  • Kris

    If Gerald leaves, can he take Rothschild with him?

    Two thumbs up on that one!! I’ve been asking for Rothschild to go for several years now. If only Cubs management paid more attention to me…

  • Lat time I checked DeRosa was having a terrible year we already have guys that can play adequete defense we need hitters and Im willing to sacrafice a run every 3rd game becuase of an error if they are hitting 300 with power and returning 3-4 aka fox

  • if they are hitting 300 with power and returning 3-4 aka fox

    Fox won’t hit .300 in the big leagues.

  • I understand why the first poster doesn’t like my suggestions, what specifically would he do to better the team?

    What would I do? Not panic. Three poor games doesn’t make a bad team.

    The Cubs went something like 15-5 in their previous 20 games.

  • Mastrick

    PING: Dave

    Dave, what do you think the Cubs should do to improve the team’s chances? Am I correct in understanding that you would do absolutely nothing? Please share your insights as to what concrete steps the Cubs should take. What specific ideas do you have?

  • Dave, what do you think the Cubs should do to improve the team’s chances?

    I already answered… did you purposely choose to ignore it?

    But let me answer again, just for you. Right now I would do very little, if anything. This is not a bad team, by any means. I don’t think that this team needs many changes. The Cubs were playing very good baseball up until about 4 games ago. There is very little reason to panic just because they have had a bad 4 games.

    Bradley will not continue to hit around .200. Lee appears to have already started to turn it around. ARam will be back relatively soon. Soriano will get hot again (and then get cold again… and hot again). Soto won’t continue to hit around .200. The bullpen has already started to pitch much better. The starters have been very good.

    I am really not worried about this team. The Cubs are 3 games over .500, even with missing Bradley, Zambrano, Lee, and Ramirez for significant time.

    This is not the time to panic.

  • MJ

    ^Amen, my brotha!

    It’s a long season fellas (and gals). Let’s calm down the minute they go into a two, or three, or four, game slump.