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  • #61
    Originally posted by rockin500 View Post
    I dont know that I have a problem with Pie sitting the past coupla days. they needed to get Reed Johnson into the lineup on saturday. and then he had a coupla hits yesterday. the cubs need offense right now. Pie hasnt provided that yet and as alluded to by others, you cant be having so many black holes in the lineup. I mean, you already have a black hole with blanco starting. And theriot isnt doing much.

    Felix is going to need to start hitting sometime soon. The cubs dont have enough offense to carry him throughout the year
    Johnson's plate discipline is better. Len and Bob said today that he might get the next two games also.

    Watching Blanco play defense is pure poetry.
    Senior Editor/Featured Writer for Home Of The Chiefs

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    • #62
      Originally posted by Scartissue View Post
      Soriano's assist turned out huge. His throws to the plate are worth more than 1 run--the run it saves, and the out it creates. 22 assists in 2006 and 19 in 2007. I'm still surprised that he gets challenged so much. After awhile, runners usually wise up and stop running (which is why Ichiro has low assists relative to his plus arm). I'm glad people keep running on him though.
      I found myself yelling at the TV when Backe was going to tag up to score in the 3rd (When Fukudome caught a shallow flyout.) I was BEGGING for him to try and score against Fukudome. Is there a defense in the NL that has better arms than the Cubs? Soriano/Pie/Fukudome?
      BELIEVE

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      • #63
        Originally posted by RBi View Post
        I found myself yelling at the TV when Backe was going to tag up to score in the 3rd (When Fukudome caught a shallow flyout.) I was BEGGING for him to try and score against Fukudome. Is there a defense in the NL that has better arms than the Cubs? Soriano/Pie/Fukudome?
        I don't think there is an overall OF in baseball that can cover more ground or has more accurate arms than the Cubs. Anyone of our Alf/Pie/Fuk could play a strong RF with their arms.

        My only hope is that Crazy Lou doesn't pull the trigger on Pie too soon, Felix needs to start and the defense gets a huge boost when he does. Pie will struggle, no doubt about it, he'll get steadier with age. Still he has the abilities to hit at least .270/.330/.430/.760 for the year and that's a great line for a 23 year old rookie with spectacular D who's only getting better with the stick.

        Johnson is probably the better short-term offensive solution but Pie is out of options next year, and the more the Cubs sit on him and do nothing, the more he loses value in the trading world.
        Last edited by Bob Sacamento; 04-06-2008, 04:10 PM.
        What a Batted Ball is Worth (in terms of a run):
        Line Drive: .356
        HBP: .342
        Non-Intentional Walk: .315
        Intentional Walk: .176
        Outfield Fly: .035
        Groundball: -.101
        Bunts: -.103
        Infield Fly: -.243
        Strikeout: -.287
        It's now officially Doctor Bob Sacamento, D.C., C.S.C.S., and working on my D.A.B.C.O. (Diplomate American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedics)

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        • #64
          Originally posted by RBi View Post
          Is there a defense in the NL that has better arms than the Cubs? Soriano/Pie/Fukudome?
          Off the top of my head, I think the second best set of arms in the MLBs is found in the AL for the Angels, with Anderson, Hunter and Guerrero.

          Gunning down a man at home is my favorite play in baseball. It's got everything--a run or an out is made, catcher standing in the way of a guy that can put a hurt on, and finally the closeness of the play (most runners home aren't thrown out by much).
          Last edited by Scartissue; 04-06-2008, 06:11 PM.
          To offset some of the pain of being a diehard Cubs fan, I've learned to also be a moderate Yankees fan.

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          • #65
            Originally posted by Scartissue View Post
            (most runners home aren't thrown out by much).
            except when wavin wendell was there!

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            • #66
              Originally posted by rockin500 View Post
              except when wavin wendell was there!
              Kim was definitely overagreesive, although I find most third base coaches too conservative.
              To offset some of the pain of being a diehard Cubs fan, I've learned to also be a moderate Yankees fan.

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              • #67
                I remember being at a Cubs-Cards game in St. Louis where Kim held up someone when they easily could have scored, leaving the bases loaded with one out, only for us to hit into a DP, and then the inning later sending Sammy home to get thrown out for a mile.

                I was near the Cubs dugout, and some Cards fans started clapping when Kim returned to the dugout. Thank god he is gone.

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                • #68
                  Playing CF is easy as Pie.

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                  • #69
                    Cedeno gets his first start today.
                    To offset some of the pain of being a diehard Cubs fan, I've learned to also be a moderate Yankees fan.

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                    • #70
                      kerry wood wont pitch today at all. not surprising really that lou wants to be careful with his closer this early in the year

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                      • #71
                        And Reed Johnson gets another start...but not surprising though seeing that we facing a lefty.

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                        • #72
                          a little defense perhaps? how bout not giving up walks when up 7-0? sheesh. no excuse for that half inning

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                          • #73
                            Ronny Cedeno giveth and Ronny Cedeno takeith away. Time for the bullpen to be strong and not let this one slip away.

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                            • #74
                              And Lilly was looking good until that half inning...

                              Pie could learn a thing or two about plate discipline from Johnson. Two walks today so far.

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                              • #75
                                Do you bat Howry here? Wood's already been ruled out for today. Marmol went yesterday. I think you bat Howry.
                                To offset some of the pain of being a diehard Cubs fan, I've learned to also be a moderate Yankees fan.

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