Browsing posts from July, 2012
You won’t hear negative feedback from baseball fans on the new proposed interleague scheduling plan that shortens ‘natural rivalry’ series from its current six-game format to four-games in most seasons.
What baseball fans want most in season scheduling is fairness, which is exactly the aim of the proposal to begin in time for the 2013 season.
I’ve never bought into the ‘natural rivalries’ anyway. The Cubs & White Sox are hardly rivals. Same can be said for the Mets & Yankees, Reds & Indians, Dodgers & Angels and so on…
Baseball fans have never confused these series as true sports rivalries, which can only be born from great competition among two teams on the playing field–not in the marketing department of MLB.
Rivalries develop over time, beginning most often during the regular season and then further progressing during playoffs series.
What they’re not is ‘natural’.
The above image details the level of interest of teams rumored to be pursuing Cubs pitchers Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza via trade. The larger the team logo, the more interest. I’ve done my best to use good judgment on gauging the trade interest of all teams.
The July 31 non-waiver trade deadline is 21-days out. Much can, and will, change during the next three weeks. But this is how the trade speculation appears to me at the present time.
I’m giving Dale Sveum a thumbs up at the All Star break despite the Cubs (33-52) record.
Doesn’t mean Sveum is without faults, but he’s largely steadied the Cubs leaky ship through the first three months of the season.
Not much has come easily for Sveum. The Cubs started the season (1-5), then came the 12-game losing streak, Soriano’s bum knee,Castro’s mental errors, Marmol’s continuous struggles…etc, etc.
But if not for Sveum’s steady hand the Cubs could actually be worse in the standings than 19-games below .500.
Fireworks from Anthony Rizzo, Bryan LaHair and Jeff Baker backed six strong innings from Paul Maholm helping the Cubs do something they’ve accomplished only six times in the last 20-years—win on the Fourth of July.
Granted the Cubs have never been known for timely wins, but they are (117-96-3) all-time on Independence Day, including Wednesday’s 5-1 victory against Atlanta.
For all the hardships this season, it was nice for a change to sit back and enjoy a good, all-around Cubs win on our Nation’s birthday. Yes indeed, God Bless America!
Cubs’ Record on Fourth of July Last 20-years:
It seems the general consensus among baseball fans is the additional wild card in each league will greatly effect the postseason race this season.
I’m not so certain it will.
The baseball standings come July 4th has long remained a fairly good indicator of which teams will make the postseason come season’s end.