Browsing posts from June, 2012
This is a Guest Post by John Guminski. He’s a Junior at the University of Missouri majoring in Journalism.
As the Cubs dropped 2 out of 3 to the Red Sox a few days ago, I was sitting in my seats during the Sunday night game and heard the usual banter that seems to come after every error, strikeout, or loss.
“Did you hear Rizzo had another home run tonight? That’s 23! Bring him up! This can’t get any worse!”
Well, the time is almost here for the arrival of Mr. Anthony Rizzo. Manager Dale Sveum said, “It’s obvious he’s coming soon but we don’t have a date yet.” With all of this hype, I am afraid Cub fans are setting themselves up for potential disappointment.
Jeff Samardzija’s had an encouraging season thus far. But he’s not the No.2 starter-material many Cubs fans believe him to be.
That doesn’t mean Samardzija won’t get there. In fact, the signs are promising he’ll eventually attain such status–perhaps, possibly becoming a true ace.
But to do it, the Shark needs to improve in three areas:
It’s hard to believe Randy Wells has any trade value left.
He’s progressively gotten worse since his (12-10) rookie season in 2009 that started with 18.1 scoreless innings and finished with him 6th in ROY voting.
Wells has since been terribly inconsistent throughout his starts and his opportunity to prove otherwise appears spent.
Hat tip to Travis Wood (1-3) for hanging with Jake Peavy Tuesday night.
It wasn’t the 25-year-old’s best outing of the season, but good enough to earn his first win, not to mention, back-to-back big victories against the South Siders.
Wood’s settled in nicely since his initial call-up from Triple-A Iowa on May 5 to spot-start in place of Matt Garza, and then recalled two weeks later to eventually replace a woeful Chris Volstad (0-6, 7.46 ERA).
In Wood’s seven starts with Chicago four have been quality efforts, including Tuesday evening. He’s allowed three or fewer runs six times and has pitched no fewer than five innings.
Went 7-for-22 on the recent homestand (.318).
Has second most multi-hit games on club behind Starlin.
Leads team with (12) 2-out RBI.
Snapped a 50-game errorless stretch on Friday.
Has two middle names: James & Kunane.
Name that Cub! (Answer after the jump)