Originally Posted by LeeEila's/rant
Did Soto have a sophomore slump or did he have his career year his rookie year ?
Fontenot is only good at small doses and can't play the whole year. Isn't that the same thing everyone said about Theriot ? Do you try him again for the whole year ?
Is Soriano really hurt or is this just the sign of a declining player ? What do you do beside tell him to put away that damn Bam-Bam club and get a bat he can swing with some speed.
Hill has been good in replace of Soto but is he a starting catcher ?
Bradley is he really too much distraction and would be worth dumping ?
Can marmol give us a whole year of shut down pitching ?
Will Big Z grow up and take the role of ace and not try harder at being a power hitter than a pitcher ?
Has RothSSSSSchild ever fixed a player ? Is he really that good and why does he fly under the radar ?
Will we keep Lou and hope he can take next season more urgent ?
Will there be any money spent by the new owner ?
I think all of these questions will have to be answered before we can make any FA choices .
Good points and questions, Lee.....
1. Soto...hard to tell because he came back this year overweight and out of shape... and the fact he spent a good portion of the season on the DL couldn't have helped his situation any.
2. Fontenot is NOT an everyday player... and perhaps if there is nothing better out there, keep Baker around (not sure what his contract status is without looking right now)
3. Lou and Gerald have been trying to get Soriano to use a lighter bat, he just refuses to do so. It may also be a combination of both an injury and his aging body not able to heal the way it used to... take that statement however you want
4. Hill has been very decent for us this year. Even if he did end up being a backup catcher next year, I like his arm...not to mention his story and you know he is out there to give it all he has... but in a story in the Sun Times today makes it sound as if Lou expects Geo to come back as the starting catcher next year.
5. If Bradley will go back to NOT talking to the media...I'm all for keeping him out there... unless there's a really good trade out there that would give us the left-handed power bat to replace him, without giving up the defensive abilities he gives us.
6. Mamol... he only has 3 save opps since getting the official title of closing, so it may be too early to tell. He has the stuff... when he can locate his pitches, he is one of the best there is out there and virtually unhittable. Perhaps he needed the challenge he's been given to keep his head in the game and the control in his pitches. I like what I have seen in those three games... it's pretty much a given that Gregg will be outta here... so if Marmol can keep it up-it would save the Cubs a lot of hassle and money in the offseason by trying to sign another RELIABLE closer.
7. I don't know if I would say Z is the "Ace"... until he starts to act and pitch like one. Was his "peak" his no no last year? Even then, it was a stellar performance that was surrounded by not-so-great performances by Z both before and after the no no. Z seems to have gotten an inflated head with his inflated paychecks.
8. Rothschild flies under the radar because he is covered in his towels! J/k. I am satisfied with Larry. He is one of the best in the biz and he does know the pitching staff very well because of his tenure here...both the major leaguers and the upcoming pitchers in the minors. Honestly, our pitching hasn't been a HUGE issue this year. They just couldn't get in sync.. when the starters were doing great, the pen struggled...when the starters struggled, the pen started to shine. Neither have been given much as far as offensive support, which is not their fault. There haven't been a lot of blowouts this year, and the ones we have had, Lou didn't end up spending the entire pen on those games, so it was ususally just a bad day for one or two pitchers.
9. Lou will be back. Next year is a big year as far as a lot of contracts expiring...including Lou's. I think Ricketts will come in, take a year to soak it all in, observe a lot, get to know the ropes...and then the following year, I can see a lot of changes taking place. However, I don't see Lou sticking around after his contract is up.
10. I hope that if Ricketts comes in and spends money...it will be spent wisely. I'm sure he will spend some money. He is going to want to make a splash as the first year owner... and with the way the contracts are as it is, next year may be the final year for a while the cubs will be in really good position to contend for the whole thing...
I think Hendry and Ricketts need to address the bullpen, most definately... and we need a reliable HITTER... I don't care if he is right handed, left handed, or can bat with his feet...just someone who can hit the ball, espcially in clutch situations.