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Extended Hitting Streaks, Standout Cuban Players & More!

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After a week away, I’m back! Surely, everyone has missed me. There was more than enough action this past week to make up for lost time, so let’s get straight to it.

Cuban Stars Standing Out

Over the past couple of years, players that have been brought in from Cuba have started to translate their dominance to the MLB. With Jose Fernandez, Yasiel Puig, Jose Abreu and a host of others, it looks like Cuba has again become a gold mine for solid, MLB-ready talent.

This season, it has been Abreu who has stood out, primarily because of his status as a constant threat to hit the long ball. The 27-year old who signed a 6-year, $68 million deal this offseason is quickly finding out that he may have sold himself short in contract negotiations.

He currently leads all of baseball with 13 home runs, and he’s been a force in the middle of the White Sox lineup. Along with Abreu, Fernandez has also established himself as one of the top arms in the game, even though he’s only 21 years old.

He’s leading the league in strikeouts, and his superb control has been on display the entire year, as evidenced by his incredible 5.38 K/BB rate. The Marlins are going to want to lock him up as soon as they can, because if he hits the open market he could be the recipient of a record-breaking contract.

Who do you think is the best Cuban player in baseball right now?

Samardzija Remains One Of The Unluckiest Pitchers

Folks who don’t much stock in wins and losses for pitchers have a great bit of supporting evidence with Jeff Samardzija this year, as the Cubs pitcher is second in the league in ERA but still has not captured his first victory of the season.

To this point, he has been on the receiving end of a hilarious lack of run support, with the Cubs plating just 1.88 runs per game during the 29-year old’s starts. Over this past week, he managed to pitch 15 runs of shutout ball, which included 9 innings without an earned run against the White Sox.

It surely has to be frustrating for both the Cubs and for Samardzija, who really couldn’t be pitching much better than he is right now. On the bright side, his solid performance is slowly, but surely raising his trade value across the league, should Theo Epstein decide to finally pull the trigger.

Teams like the Yankees, Rangers and Orioles all have certainly kept an eye on him throughout the entire season and will definitely overlook his lack of a win. Given that it’s the middle of May, desperation for pitching may be beginning to sink in for these teams.

With his impressive start to the season in mind, what do you think a reasonable package would be in return for Samardzija?

Arenado’s Hitting Streak Ceases

After winning the Gold Glove at third base in his rookie season last year, Nolan Arenado came into this season wanting to prove that he was just as capable with the bat, and he did just that.

While Arenado’s 28-game hitting streak didn’t get close to threatening the 56-spot famously put up by Joe Dimaggio in 1941, it gained him, and the Rockies, some notoriety for the fantastic work that they have been doing throughout this whole season.

The team is currently just a game and a half back of the San Francisco Giants in the NL West, and Arenado is a major reason for that. His dependable defense, paired with a batting average up around .320 has given Rockies fans hope for both the present and the future.

At just 23-years old, it seems as if Arenado will have the spot locked down for the foreseeable future. It took an extended hitting streak to do so, but it looks like the rest of the country is finally listening to what Colorado has been preaching this entire time: Arenado is one of the best young players in the game.

At this point in his career, where would you rank Nolan Arenado amongst third baseman in the league?

This Week’s MVP: Troy Tulowitzki (.429/.518/1.567 4 HR, 8 RBI)

This Week’s CY Young: Madison Bumgarner (2-0, 0.64 ERA, 17 K)

  • Eddie Von White

    – Best Cuban player: Abreu
    – There is nothing hilarious about the Cubs.

    – Do not trade Samardzija? He seems to be a work horse.

    • Dork

      How much money do you think it would take to keep Samardzija? 7 years $175

      • Brian Rzeppa

        With the way that pitcher’s contracts have been inflating, it’s tough to guess.

      • Chuck

        It would be insane to give him that contract. He would be 36 at the end of it. 36!?

  • Doc Raker

    If Smarja didn’t have bad luck he would have no luck at all. He must of been born under a bad sign……..

    The Cubs playoff hopes are 0.9%? Really, how about -199%.

    Blackhawks win! Up 3-2 in the series.

    • Dork

      so your saying theres a chance

    • Dork

      so your saying theres a chance

  • Timo

    Should we think about pairing our starting pitchers?
    First Samardzija vor 6-9 innings and then another 4-6 from Hammels/Wood? Maybe if we do not give up any runs we win a game for him.
    Acutally, Samardzija should follow another starting pitcher if he really wants a win.

    I think there is no “reasonable package” for him. Given the return we got on Garza I think we will be disappointed whatever Samardzija gets us.
    Signing him to a long term contract will simply be impossible if the front office does not want to pay aces money and I don’t think they want to do that. I don’t see the cubs giving him 6-7 years with 25 mio. or more a year, so I guess he will not stay.

  • PLCB3

    For whatever reason I can’t reply to comments, but in response to Dork’s comment, no way in hell do I give Samardzidja Tanaka money. I’ll give him Homer Bailey money (indexed for inflation), with an opt-out after 3 years.

    • Dork

      He won’t take it – then we (colectivly) can’t say keep him

    • Dork

      He won’t take it – then we (collectively) can’t say keep him

  • The only things better than these new Cuban stars are Cuban sandwiches. Who’s with me?

    Pay Shark a lot. I predict him in a new uniform and a press leak saying the going rate was offered by the Cubs as well.

    • Dork

      Can I batch cook those Cuban sandwiches?

      • Eddie Von White

        Yes. But the bread will get soggy.

      • Seymour Butts

        Yes, but make sure to wrap them before freezing. Something such as a spreadsheet if you have one.

      • Dork

        This is such a stupid thread, but still makes me chuckle

      • El Lipps S

        It’s not a stupid thread.. it’s a silly one. There is a difference.

      • El Lipps S

        It’s not a stupid thread.. it’s a silly one. There is a difference.

    • Dork

      Can I batch cook those Cuban sandwiches?

      • Eddie Von White

        Yes. But the bread will get soggy.

    • Doc Raker

      I like Cuban sandwiches, got few good Cuban places around these parts. I wouldn’t suggest batch cooking sandwiches. A good sand which needs fresh bread. I like a nice roasted pork sandwich on fresh squaw bread.

      We had a good pulled pork sandwich for lunch at camp in 2007, I sat next to Rick Rueschel and we chatted about the onion roll it was served on and brother Paul who Rick said is doing well. The hot mustard coleslaw that topped the pork was outstanding.

    • PLCB3

      If you want some amazing Cuban food, go to calle ocho in Miami. Versailles restaurant is amazing. I love that place. Also, auto-correct sucks. I have a shortcut saved in my iPod for it. Sac for Stupid Auto Correct!

    • AC0000000

      If you want some amazing Cuban food, go to calle ocho in Miami. Versailles restaurant is amazing. I love that place. Also, auto-correct sucks. I have a shortcut saved in my iPod for it. Sac for Stupid Auto Correct!

  • Doug S.

    Shark stays unless we get an offer that can’t be refused or a horse’s head in Theo’s bed.

  • Doug S.

    Shark stays unless we get an offer that can’t be refused or a horse’s head in Theo’s bed.

  • Chuck

    The biggest reason to trade Shark is that he may be over the hill by the time this Cubs team is good enough to contend. Shark is 29 now and this team is still a couple years away from competence, much less contention. You do not want to be stuck with a big salary pitcher well on the wrong side of 30. It usually does not end well.

    • Dork

      This is so sad to me.