Oh my Jeebus. Please put me out of my misery. Disband the Cubs and reassemble them before the start of the 2013 MLB season. First, trade anyone with value outside of Starlin Castro. Do it, Theoyer. Do it.
Now that I’ve gotten that mini-whine/rant out of the way, onto “business”. The Cubs stink. How much do they stink, you don’t ask? Well, after sweeping a rather terrible San Diego Padres team, they went on a 10-game road trip and promptly lost 8 of 10. They suffered a four-game sweep at the hands of the San Francisco Giants, and then lost two of three to both the Milwaukee Brewers and nearly-as-craptastic Minnesota Twins. Luckily, Ryan Dempster continued his “Get Me The Hell Out Of A Cubs Uni” tour and shut out the Twins through 8 in the finale of that three-game set, as the Cubs won, 8-2.
As of today, the Cubs ineptitude shows in a few statistical categories. In all of baseball, they rank 27th in runs scored, 27th in on-base percentage, 23rd in slugging percentage, 23rd in fielding percentage, 25th in team ERA and 24th in quality starts. They also have the fewest saves (7) and have walked the third-most hitters in the majors. However, they have stolen 44 bases, good for 9th…although it’s been at only a 68% clip. Baby steps, people.
The 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft was held from June 4-June 6. Florida prep outfielder Albert Almora was the Cubs selection with the sixth pick, to pretty much no one’s surprise. Theoyerleod listened to a few logical Cubs fans, too, and made seven of the Cubs first eight picks pitchers, with four of them being preps. Almora has committed to the University of Miami, and from what I’ve read, he’s not exactly in a rush to sign with the Cubs. The entire 2012 Cubs draft class is here.
Theoyerleod didn’t just add to the Cubs farm system via the draft, but went the international route as well. Uber-talented Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler was the Cubs latest get, as reports state that the Cubs beat out a number of other teams, including the New York Yankees, to sign the 20 year-old to a 9-year, $30 million deal. Some execs feel that Soler would have been a top-10 pick in this year’s draft, and within 2-3 years, we could be looking at an All-Star corner outfielder if he pans out, of course.
Oh, yeah. Word on the street is that the Cubs are ready to start moving players with the intention of building for their future. FINALLY, THEOYERLEOD.
Tonight, the Cubs begin a three-game series at home against the AL Central’s Detroit Tigers (28-32). Lefty Paul Maholm (4-5, 5.10 ERA, 1.35 WHIP) will do battle against Tigers righty Max Scherzer (5-4, 5.88 ERA, 1.59 WHIP). Go. Cubs.