Friday, September 6, 2013

Guest Post: Cubs Season Recap

Written by: Ricky Linares
As we know, the horrid season of the Chicago Cubs is coming to a close. In my opinion the Cubs are one more bad season away before they start winning more than 70+ games.  I'd like to start off by stating my opinion on the cubs season. If you recall the cubs bullpen was awful in the beginning to midpoint of the season. Carlos Marmol, James Russell, Shawn Camp to name a few. The cubs had a chance in almost all those games. I believe that the bullpen cost the cubs at least 5 wins by blowing the lead late in the games. Besides that the cubs pitchers has done decent for a none contending team.  Jeff Samardizja has done well for his first full season as a starter. He had some great games where he was striking out players left and right. He flashes a starter at times but his pitch count would stack up fast and he would not be able to go more than 5-6 innings. Travis Wood was great in the first half almost guaranteeing a quality start every time he started but has since then fallen back to earth. One of my favorite moments of the year is when Scott Feldman had his first career complete game. I was on the edge of my seat hoping he would get done and he deserved it. When Matt Garza returned to the rotation he was stellar to say the least and was surprised he didn't get injured before being traded. He had the same velocity and the stuff looked like a 2 at times which helped the cubs get C.J Edwards, Mike Olt, Neil Ramirez and Jake Arieta. On to the Cubs young hitters. Anthony Rizzo has done nice for his first full year as a big leaguer. He has hit .230, 21 home runs, and getting on base at a .326 . Starlin Castro... His season has been an underachievement after having great seasons the past two years. He's batting .244, his onbase is not good enough to sustain batting high in the order. Once 2013 is over Castro must put this behind him and work hard this offseason. 2014 is a big year for Castro he could be traded if he's not performing. That's it for mlb players, now to down on the farm. The Cubs minor league system has been exciting to watch this year. A few highlights are Javier Baez had a four homer game in A+ Daytona, Daytona has had two no-hitters, lastly Baez,Vogelbach and Pierce Johnson were promoted after having nice seasons showing they were ready for a tougher challenge. Pierce Johnson gets my vote as pitcher of the year for the cubs minor league system. He has shown that he can handle A- Kane County dominating at times. At Kane county he through 69.2 innings allowing 109 hits striking out 84 walking 43 his average against LH and average against RH. In Daytona he has still handle the hitters with ease at times, 48.2  innings 41 hits 50 Ks and 21 walks. As for my hitter of the year Dan Vogelbach gets the nod. His stats combined with Kane county and Daytona: batting .284 19 homers OBP a stellar .375 SLG .449. Walk to K ratio discounting intentional walks was a nice 70-89. Dan has a long way to go in his journey to the show and when he does I invision him as a solid replica of David Ortiz. 

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