Good trade Cubbies
We already new this but good job getting rid of Sammy. He is well past his prime and as I listen to Mike and Mike in the morning on the communist station that has become ESPN (man i hate the budweiser hot seat and that ultimate highlight real. Anyone else annoyed with the "I love" song...but I digress) anyway, as I listen to Mike and Mike in the Morning reports have come from Spring Training that Sammy arrived today in typical Sammy style. After getting off the plane he was asked to ride with one of the trainers to the field in the trainers personal vehicle. To which Sammy replied that he doesn't think so...are you ready for this...Sammy demanded that a Limo be sent to pick him up and he would be damned if he arrived in a pick up truck with a trainer.I mean come on! Your first day arriving to meet your new teammates and you tell the trainer you wont ride in their truck and demand a Limo! Nice one Sammy...
Burnitz is going to have a career year...oh wait...he played in Colorado right? Lets see, 13 HR in LA and 37 in Colorado...that equals out to about 22 HR in Chi Town...except this...He only had 230 at bats that year in LA so he should have hit about 30 there. Dont let the Colorado mystique fool you. Burnitz will put up 34 HR this year and over 100 RBI if Corey Patterson can quit striking out every other at bat and start taking some pitches...speaking of Patterson.
I understand this is not little league anymore but Dusty get off your but and tell the 3rd base coach to start taking control of Corey's plate appearances. Re-invent the "take" sign and start giving it to Patterson. This is a very simple strategy that I thought your Cubby genius Baker would think of on his own.
The Cubs should finish second in the Central this year to the Cards (Who I predict to make it right back to the series with the acquisition of Mulder) and be within a few games of the Wild Card. The Giants will be right there in the Wild Card race with you and I would love to see them win the west and play the Cubbies in the first round. Alou would come to Chi-Town to the chants of "Aloooouuuuuu Sucks!".
On the good side, I predict another career year for Derrick Lee the most underated player in the NL. He hits 35 this year and breaks the 100 RBI mark for the 1st time in his career. Nomar batted .371 three years ago before digressing slowly to his .305 last year. I think Nomar is comfortable now and after seeing some NL pitching is going to bring that up to about .338. This along with an impressive Rookie in Jason DuBois. I saw him play in Virginia and he is an excellent player. Scouts underestimate him. His time in Mexico during the off season should greatly improve his "eye" and expect high OBP from him as it is common for players to return from Mexico seeing the ball much better (maybe Patterson should try it out instead of spending the off season doing whatever it is bad hitters do) . Dubois is predicted to platoon with Hollandsworth but Dubois will bring his avg. up against lefties which is absolutely horrible right now and Hollandsworth bats .350 against them. and has an OBP of .390 against both lefties and righties so we will see. Hollandsworth is a good batter and if things go well with Dubois either guy could be good trade bait around Break time. Hairston strikes once for every BB and Patterson K's every 5 times for every BB. Im serious there. Hairston is the better player in my opinion but I come from the Moneyball school where OBP is much more important than SLG.
David Kelton and I played High School Baseball against each other for four years. I like the kid, but if Burnitz goes down I say you put Patterson in RF and Hairston in CF. Kelton has the potential but he is yet to show it and he has very bad shoulders that keep him on the DL.
This is obvious but I PROMISE Baker wont do it.....Do not Do NOT start Sergio Mitre..whoever he is...against the Cardinals. Lefties bat .408! against this kid. I dont care if I have to send Wood in on three days rest. Everytime Mitre takes the hill against the Cards you basically forfeit the game unless for some reason EVERY OTHER batter in the lineup takes the day off. That is all I got...
Sergio Mitre? You guys are kidding me right?
Oh yeah, and take it from a fantasy baseball nut....Borowski and Hawkins are not going to get the Cubs to the Series. Can you see Hawkins closing a game in a clutch situation? I didn't think so.
I'll out do myself yet