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- The Cubs walloped the Red Sox tonight and swept the series against the defending WORLD CHAMPIONS. No big deal. I still love that we have the GM that created the 2nd best 10-year run in their history (blah, blah, arbitrary time period, blah blah). Although, I think I would trade that for their World Series win last year.
- Oh Mike Olt, you tease soooo well. 2-5 with a double and a home run and only 1 strikeout! I really wish I could say that I had much hope for him turning the corner and becoming a league average-ish 3B for the next 3-4 years.
- Travis Wood continues his Regression Tour. 3 and 2/3 with 11 baserunners is never a good night…unless your offense spots you enough runs. His mediocre performance this year has, basically, flown under the radar but he has put together quite a few clunkers this year. I’m not too worried about him, his 2013 was an over-achievement and I don’t think he is this bad. The baseball gods just want to make sure we don’t get our hopes too high. Ultimately, he is a #3 starter and as such, he is going to string together his fair share of bad outings and have a bad season here or there.
- Arismendy Alcantara is getting a fair bit of attention lately. Jesse Rogers over at ESPN had a piece on Tuesday about how good AA has done and that a promotion could be imminent and now Carrie Muskat has joined the fray. So far this year at AAA, Alacantara is on pace to post 40 doubles, 20 triples, 20 home runs and a respectable BB/K rate. Right now I have him pegged as a .730-.750 OPS guy in the majors which if he can combine that with league average defense in CF, you have a 2-3 WAR player. Bully to the Cubs development department.
- The International Free Agent period kicked off yesterday and there was plenty of action in terms of signings (here, here, here, here, here (all MLBTR links, BTW)) but there wasn’t any action on the Cubs front . It may just be that teams won’t value the IFA spending slots as much as the Cubs did last year or it may be that teams have merely signed these players with verbal contracts and haven’t committed anything to paper yet. If I remember correctly from last year, once a team is over their cap they can’t trade for any more cap space. That may have changed this year or I may be misremembering but it will be interesting to see how this unfolds going forward.
- David Ortiz caused quite a tizzy in the Cubs sports world when he announced that a Cubs player told him that day games at Wrigley, well, “…it kind of mentally wears you down”. There are strong opinions on the number of day games the Cubs play and I fall on the side that day games are a disadvantage to the players. The combination of extra games in the sun and heat, the changing schedule just have to take their toll on the players. We’ve heard it many times; however, my final word on this is that the day games at Wrigley are a decided disadvantage to the team. Looking at attendance in 2003 and 2008, day games cost the Cubs (assuming $100 spent per ticket bought) $65,000-ish per game. Thankfully the Cubs are, at best, currently only 10 games behind the rest of the league on this so it’s only costing them $650,000. Assuming the $6M/WAR calculation that equals about a run over the course of the season. Miniscule, yes, not worth the amount of virtual ink spilt over it, sure, but, damnit, the Cubs don’t need any more disadvantages.