The Cubs’ roster won’t get healthy in the next three days. But, there’s a big opportunity for Chicago to get healthy in the standings while facing San Diego at Wrigley this week.
The Pads are a woeful (13-19) overall and coming off a stretch of 17 games played in 17 days. They finished the run (4-13).
They’re also (5-13) on the road this season. And, not since Jake Peavy’s win against the Mets on April 16th has the starting rotation recorded a single victory–(0-9).
Thus, many reasons for the Cubs to look forward to this three-game set.
I think Mark Prior makes a return to the bump with SD this year.
His situation is ideal for it: he’s under no pressure, has plenty of money and is far removed from Chicago.
Of course, I’m not saying it will be a successful return, but I’m still pulling for the guy.
If by some medical miracle he stays healthy, there’s still enough time for him to make a career of it. After all, he’s just 28-years-old.
The question is, can Prior reinvent himself from thrower to pitcher?
It’s official, Jim Edmonds has signed on with Lou’s crew, one year at the pro-rated league minimum ($284,000). I don’t just like the move, I love it!
Edmonds makes sense for Chicago. His defensive prowess is still there and he’ll provide a little left-handed pop in the order. Not to mention, he’s also playing for peanuts.
Felix Pie, on the other hand, continues to struggle hitting major league pitching. While it would certainly help the youngster to play more often, that’s a risk the Cubs shouldn’t take if they want to win the division.
That being said, I don’t think Pie’s time with the Cubs organization is on the rocks. There’s no question Edmonds is a quick-fix gamble, Pie is still the future in centerfield, as he should be.
Also, I have little doubt Edmonds’ arrival will disrupt the Cubs’ clubhouse, unless the team starts losing: then no one is happy anyway.
In fact, I think Jimmy Ballgame will add a spark to the club, especially if he returns to his old self at the dish.
Clearly, Edmonds is past his prime, but he has valuable experience playing under the pressures of a pennant chase and the post season with St. Louis. Not to mention, he’s performed quite well in October (.277 avg, 12 HR, 42 RBIs).
Really, the only thing left to discuss is where Edmonds will bat in the Cubs’ line-up.
I picture Soriano staying in the leadoff spot followed by Fukudome switching from fifth to second; next are Lee and Ramirez hitting third and fourth followed by Edmonds in the five hole; Geovany Soto will bat sixth with DeRosa and Theriot rounding out the seventh and eighth spots.
One exception to this particular order may have Edmonds hitting fourth to split up the right-handed batting Lee and Ramirez. Although, I’m not sure how comfortable I am with Edmonds hitting cleanup while currently batting .178 (avg).
1 – Soriano LF
2 – Fukudome RF
3 – Lee 1B
4 – Ramirez 3B
5 – Edmonds CF
6 – Soto C
7 – DeRosa 2B
8 – Theriot SS
9 – Pitcher