Bradley for Silva: best Cubs trade ever?
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Oh hell no, but it's looking pretty good for 2010.
I thought if you googled "greatest Cubs trades ever", a bunch of great trade articles would come up. But...not really like that out there on the world wide web - it seemed like most focused on bad Cubs trades. Not good for a guy with as bad a memory as I have trying to make this comparison.
But Carrie Muskat has one that lists her bests and worst trades, with the best being the Cubs Ivan DeJesus for Larry Bowa and Ryne Sandberg on January 27, 1982. And actually, probably all 5 of Carrie's picks are better than Bradley for Silva. Unless Carlos goes undefeated for the rest of his career and leads the Cubs to the World Series before heading off to Cooperstown or something. But in a year that's been pretty devoid of any kind of news you'd call good, Carlos Silva is the feel-good story of the year.
To think that the Cubs have gotten 8 wins out of him already is waaay beyond what anybody could have envisioned when he came to Chicago. All most of us seemed to care about was just getting rid of poopy Milton Bradley.
Without even half of Silva's wins, the Cubs would right now be 22-35. That would put them a half game ahead of the Astros, in 5th place in the weakest division in the NL and probably (who's worse - the NL or AL Central?) all of baseball.
Anyway, there are lotsa different kinds of trades made for lotsa different kinds of reasons, and Bradley for Silva was supposed to be a malcontent turd for an overpriced turd - a sort of face-saving thing for the GMs and a fresh start for the players.
So far it has been one whopper of a good one for the Cubs.
You can read Tim Souers work on daily basis at Cubby Blue.
2nd in defensive WAR, NL.
6th in NL in RBI
Go complain about something else, like, "they never play good against the good teams", or some other shit.
Addy really has trouble breaking through .250 BA -- after his hot streak got him to .251, he has gone 1-for-17.
Thank goodness for Jansen's 2 WP on Friday -- otherwise this would have been a sweep.
There seems to be a direct correlation with overconfidence in the Cubs offense against mediocre/young pitchers and really poor offense against mediocre/young pitchers. So, let's fear the Pirate pitchers!
Rizzo due for a power surge -- one HR in August so far. He truly does hit them in bunches.
Sometimes I'm not as supportive of Cahill as maybe I should be. There, I said it.
Rough 8th inning all around -- HBP, Cahill error, Javy's poor decision.
Oh well - given that the Cubs didn't look like they were going to score, it's better to lose in 9 innings, save the bullpen and get changed for the PJ trip home.
Baez still learning
heyward with his 3rd multi-hit game since the all-star break (all in august)...2nd in the past 3 games during his 7 game hitting streak.
he's gone from flirting with a sub-.300 ob% to nearing .310 ob% in 3 games (1 game was just a 1 for 1 pinch hit appearance). all 5 hits in the past 3 games have come in a row...neat.
stewart with 7Ks through 3ip...of course.
that 10-13 mph difference in his fastball/change is working today...and they're swinging at his crappy slider.
brock stewart...steven brault...fun times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.
Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.
video of Maddon.
always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.
#Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs
Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.
Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.
Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.
I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.