I’ve offered to host a hot-debate between two @BullpenBrian Twitter followers.
The matter at hand is whether or not Jim Hendry should have traded 5-prospects for Matt Garza on January 8, 2011. (Hak-Ju Lee, Chris Archer, Robinson Chirinos, Sam Fuld & Brandon Guyer).
Below is a summary of each case. Please vote to determine the winner. May the best case win.
Court’s now in session:
My head could explode from the Cubs’ lack of execution in the Arizona series.
Chicago played like a team expecting to lose, as they did, getting swept in three straight games while being outscored 21-7.
The Cubs failed on countless occasions to manufacture runs. They didn’t move runners over, they didn’t hit with RISP (3-for-25) and the biggest clutch hit came off the bat of Paul Maholm–a pitcher for heaven’s sake.
The fielding was nearly as poor. The pitching, not much better. It was Quade-ball all over again. It was embarrassing.
If there was any drive to win, any want from this team, it didn’t show collectively the past three games–and that’s a problem.