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GirlieView (05/22/2009)

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Going to try a new abbreviated format for GirlieView for this week, for three reasons:

1. I have been too long-winded in previous episodes.
2. I’m on my way to Pennsylvania for a wedding (not mine).
3. Not a lot of uplifting thoughts are coming to mind about the Cubs this week!

I’m not in a panic, I don’t think the whole team should be benched or the whole coaching staff fired. But a well placed statement here or there (via benching, firing, or some sort of acquisition other than Jake Peavy) wouldn’t hurt.

Recap:

Date

Opponent

Hells Angels on Wheels rip

W/L – Score

Notes

Friday
05/15

Houston

n/a

Rained Out – Make up Thursday 07/30

Saturday
05/16

Houston

Three Kings on dvd

W (5-4)

Randy Wells 6 innings of shutout pitching, Guzman and Marmol both good in relief, Gregg allowed them to tie it up in the 9th. No decision for Wells. Scales walked, Miles
bunted, Soriano singled scoring Scales to win in bottom of 9th.

Sunday
05/17

Houston

L (6-5)

Rich Harden had only one bad inning,
kept Cubs in the game until Jose Ascaino relieved him and hit two batters who eventually scored. Rally in 9th fell one run short.

Monday
05/18

Off

n/a

Off Day

Tuesday
05/19

@ St. Louis

L (3-0)

Loss for Lilly – no offense

Wednesday
05/20

@ St. Louis

L (2-1)

Loss for Dempster – no offense

Thursday
05/21

@ St. Louis

L (3-1)

Loss for Marshall – no offense

VFTB conversation this week made the rounds from Mustaches The Spirit film to Sabermetrics to whether Derrek Lee needs traded, to Mark DeRosa back to Derrek and his stats to what to do? I’m hoping the what to do Notes on a Scandal trailer conversation continues … even if your suggestion at this point is to “do nothing” I’m still interested in what everyone would do if they were the boss.

Have a great week!

  • A trade, this weekend, a shakeup just to get this boring team started. Mt. Lou should also schedule an eruption; he has been eerily quiet.
    Somewhere there is someone who could play some 3B decently when Aramis is hurt. Hendry should have gotten one BEFORE he went down. Our next best 3B is at low class a (Josh Vitters). Major error.
    We might be seeing that Mike Fontenot cannot handle every day play. We have seen that Aaron Miles looks done and Bobby Scales has been 11 years in the minors. Perhaps we need a starting 2B, a good one, not Mark DeRosa who is another utility man (more power than our trio but nothing more). I don’t mean an old retread like Ray Durham. I mean a real 2B who can play. We were after one but apparently he is staying in Baltimore.
    Gerald Perry could stand to go. Don’t we have Von Joshua in Iowa ready to come up? One major trade, one major tirade, and one new hitting coach might get this team started.

  • Mark DeRosa who is another utility man (more power than our trio but nothing more).

    Mark DeRosa has been one of the better 2b in baseball over the last two years. Not sure how you figure that he isn’t a good starting 2b.

    If he isn’t good enough… I am not sure who would be. Especially among any that may be available.

  • cap’n obvious

    I would be OK with Joshua coming up. The guys that have come up from AAA over the past couple of years have shown better patience and a better approach as a whole than many of the veterans. Leave Soriano out of that statement entirely, as he has a terrible approach and awful pitch selection, yet manages to smoke the ball 30% of the time anyway due to crazy talented hands. It also wouldn’t be the worst thing ever to bring in a guy from outside the organization, who is out of pro baseball (Mike Schmidt, Reggie Smith) or even a guru-type from outside of pro baseball (Rob Ellis). I really do think that a new hitting coach, whomever it may be, is a step in the right direction.

    It’s a tough decision for management, and I don’t want to start a whole other topic here, but it is always going to be difficult for an organization to let go a minority coach and replace him with a non-minority, no matter how poor a job he is doing. That is just the climate in pro baseball today, due to the under-representation of minorities on big league coaching staffs as a whole. That being said, the Cubs may be stuck with Perry, unless the can Lou and the whole staff.

    I’d also like to see the organization finally become fed up with Rothschild’s act. The guy has done less with more talent than anyone else in baseball I can think of. When’s the last time the Cubs have picked up a retread or had a young kid come up and really show lights out mound presence or any sort of moxie to make you believe he’s well coached? The friggin’ Cardinals closer Franklin was a throwaway before he got to St. Louis and he’s their CLOSER now. The Cubs best pitchers are all products of other organizations, with the exception of Big Z, and who knows how good he could be if he were forced to get into shape and think on the mound. I suppose Marmol is among the best, but he could be bettered with a sharper pitching coach, too, I’d bet.

  • When’s the last time the Cubs have picked up a retread or had a young kid come up and really show lights out mound presence or any sort of moxie to make you believe he’s well coached?

    Maybe you’ve heard of Ryan Dempster?

    And I have no idea how you don’t count Marmol as a “a young kid come up and really show lights out mound presence or any sort of moxie to make you believe he’s well coached.”

  • cap’n obvious

    Marmol has a tendency to melt down on the mound when things aren’t going his way; he has lights out stuff, but his mound presence is lacking at times. He is physically gifted, but appears frazzled and often has trouble throwing strikes. Do you actually watch the games or just pore over stats and charts?

    Ryan Dempster recreated himself with an offseason workout program that was not administered to him by the Cubs. Dempster does, however, have tremendous moxie and mound presence, which I assume he picked up with either the Reds or Marlins. It was a new found work ethic that brought Dempster back, not Chumley Rothschild.

  • Do you actually watch the games or just pore over stats and charts?

    Nope… I have never watched a game. Maybe thats my problem…

    Ryan Dempster recreated himself…

    I see… so when a player has any success, it is the player doing well. But when a player doesn’t have success, it is the coaches fault.

    Nice.

  • cap’n obvious

    I see… so when a player has any success, it is the player doing well.

    In Dempster’s case, this is absolutely true. You gave me one example, and I gave you the reason, at least as I see it, that he made such a comeback.

    For you to say that Marmol has mound presence and moxie, when I have seen him on more than a few occasions look like a deer in headlights on the mound made me think that maybe you hadn’t seen what I had.

  • Mark Strickler

    Okay there’s a first for everything:

    I’m hoping the what to do conversation continues … even if your suggestion at this point is to “do nothing” I’m still interested in what everyone would do if they were the boss.

    Lizzie brings up a valid point. I’m going to start ignoring posts that do nothing but attempt to point out flaws in other posters’ ideas. Constructive dialog means not only bringing a problem but also bringing a solution; not everybody wants to do that and it’s their right to just point out negatives. I’m more interested in solutions and positive repartee.

  • cubbiedude

    What would I do?

    I would sit DLee down and start Micah Hoffpauir at 1st base every game for a while. And bat him cleanup.

    I would sit Milton Bradley down and start Reed Johnson every game for a while. And bat him 5th.

    I would sit Geovany Soto down and start Koyie Hill every game for a while.

    I would reinvite Jake Peavey to join the Cubbies and offer to send DLee to the Padres in return.

    I might consider moving Alfonso Soriano back to 2nd base. He could continue to lead off since no one else is doing any better.

    I would absolutely start Kusuke Fukudome every day.

    I would pinch hit with Carlos Zambrano every chance I got.

    Other than that I would just sit back and enjoy the ride.

  • I really don’t understand why everyone around here wants to bench Lee. Lee has had a good couple of weeks, and really appears to be seeing and hitting the ball well right now. And now that he is doing so, he should get benched?

    I really don’t get it.

  • cubbiedude

    lizzie,

    I’ve been enjoying your “GirlieViews”, and I don’t think you’ve been too long winded in any previous episodes. And, sadly, I too feel not a lot of uplifting thoughts coming to mind about the Cubbies this week.

    I guess Jake Peavy made a statement last night. His statement might be interpreted as: “Look what you missed out on.” And Jim Hendry’s response might correctly be: “Yes, but at what price?”

    Actually, any number of starters and relievers have looked like current Cy Young Award winners lately against the nonexistent Cubs hitting attack. Don’t let it go to your head, Jake.