Metaphorically Speaking, What 2012 Represents: Rebuilding vs Deconstruction

From the previous thread, I came upon Old and Blue's complaint that he hates the phrase, "rebuilding year".

It implies that there is some actual construction going on. So far, best as I can tell, the only brick laid down is a Rizzo block, and there are no guarantees with prospects. Shark has been a pleasant surprise, but no credit for TheoCorp there. He's been in the system for some time.  I know I'm supposed to give this time, but so far, I'm pretty underwhelmed.

Hmmm. Maybe he's got something there. This made me think of a metaphor regarding the Foodie Fad of cooking deconstructed style. Yep, that's what Jedstein is using as their modus operandi.

They are deconstructing the Cubs:

  • More hits than runs
  • Good starting pitching without wins

Here is a working definition of what is going on (thanks to the Foodie Buddah.com site):

At heart, any deconstructed dish (ball club) should contain all the classic components found in the “original.” The difference is in the preparation. When creating a dish (ball club) utilizing deconstructive techniques, the ingredients (players) are essentially prepared and treated on their own. It is during the plating and presentation stages that everything is brought together.

Based on the Cubs puny offense of late, it is apparent that we are not at the "plating" stage, and far from the "presentation" stage. So to make my point just a little easier to swallow, you can choose which of the following deconstructed vs classic options you prefer. Just make sure there is enough alcohol content, 2012 Cubs watchers are going to need it.


...and I just wanted to give props to Tim Souers Cubby-Blue site. Awesome "Ryan Dempster Can't Get Any Support" pictures (Even Mrs. Dempster could use a little support in these trying times). Plus he tells a Metaphorical story (thanks, Charlie) that only a 10 game Cub losing streak could force out of him.

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Deconstructed lineup: DeJesus, Castro, Mather, LaHair, Soriano, Stewart, Barney, Lalli, Maholm

Lalli starting against his hometown team.

who's dog did campy kick?

is he screwing up the whole "come in last place" thing?

i mean, hey, i don't think the guy is the next coming, but he's been chaos for the opposition out there when he does play.

Joe Mather, cleanup hitter and starting center fielder. Your 2012 Cubs. *sigh*

according to c.m.

"Mather is starting in an attempt to get a little more pop into the lineup"

Cubs start Mather to add power to lineup. Your 2012 Cubs. *sigh*

/fixed

@CarrieMuskat: Steve Clevenger's rehab going well. He's 3-for-3 tonight with HR, 2B, 1B for @IowaCubs

Clevinger, BJax and Rizzo have HR's, I-Cubs ahead 5-4

@ESPNChiCubs: Rizzo hits No. 17 at Iowa.

So much for the Dolis as closer experiment. Marmol could have done that.

Vitters solo HR in 9th.

Iowa wins 6-4, McDougal scoreless 9th for a save.

We might see him in the Chicago pen soon.

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  • Well executed!

    I've been wracking my brain to work a "Room With a View" reference in there but I just haven't gotten it to work.

    JoePepitone 17 min 28 sec ago view
  • Bryant might be playing SS during an infield shift, no? Usually he is moved to 2B but it could happen.

    Cubster 28 min 44 sec ago view
  • I won't really be happy until I see Bryant at shortstop.

    Old and Blue 30 min 19 sec ago view
  • Yeah, Underwood impresses the internet scouts more than the opposing hitters. Blackburn and Williams have pitched well but they would be more interesting if they missed more bats.

    Myrtle Beach has a couple of guys--Trevor Clifton and Jake Stinnett--worth keeping an eye on.

    South Bend has the best record in the Midwest League but it's more about their bats than their starting pitching.

    VirginiaPhil 1 hour 21 min ago view
  • Thanks Steve, I always forget about that.

    Rob Richardson 1 hour 24 min ago view
  • Maddon spins the wheel-o-lineups and Bryant is playing 1B.

    The line-ups, by the way, appear in the Twitter box on the left and usually very soon after they are made available.

    CTSteve 1 hour 27 min ago view
  • Looks like no Heyward or Rizzo in the lineup today.

    Rob Richardson 1 hour 43 min ago view
  • HAGSAG: Kevonte Mitchell has shown some improvement in 2016. He takes a lot of walks, shows occasional power, and he's an athletic defender capable of making the big play in the OF.

    However, he strikes out way too much, he doesn't always take the most-direct-route to get to balls hit into the air, and he sometimes runs himself into outs on the bases. He is still very raw.  

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 44 min ago view
  • E-MAN: I don't think Dallas Beeler has a long-term future with the Cubs, but (when healthy) he has gotten the call over the past couple of years as the "26th man" when the Cubs needed an extra starter in a doubleheader. 

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 58 min ago view
  • PHIL: Thanks for the wrap. A 2010 early-ish round Hendry draft pick, why do you surmise the new management team just doesn't cut bait on Beeler? Not shown that much as a starter. Does he have a power arm when right? Is he another Schlitter? Or, is he rosyer filler while the org waits out the lower-level arms to surpass him?

    The E-Man 2 hours 44 min ago view
  • Ryan Kellogg is still a fringy prospect despite being very old for low-A. He's putting up very good numbers no matter who he's facihg.

    John Beasley 6 hours 1 min ago view
  • Great article on Yosh and Nobe. Thanks for including it Trans.

    Hagsag 6 hours 19 min ago view
  • Phil, it looks like Kevonte Mitchell has made some progress this Spring. Your thoughts please, thanks.

    Hagsag 6 hours 24 min ago view
  • so far ryan williams (AAA) is the only system prospect on the "could be ready soon" horizon doing well...that said, he's not very exciting and he's assumed to be an end-rotation talent at best.

    paul blackburn is getting great early returns in AA, but he's getting surprisingly low K numbers doing it. he throws lot of low/sinking stuff with good control...also assumed to be an end-rotation guy, but he's got room to be better, especially given his control as base to build on.

    crunch 11 hours 40 min ago view
  • Speaking of pitching -- another ugly outing for Underwood at AA. Through 6 starts: 5.19 ERA, WHIP 1.69. Yikes!

    Man, do we need starting pitching depth. Our best hopes are still hanging with AZ Phil in Arizona. Very scary.

    billybucks 12 hours 38 min ago view
  • jeebus... that's terrible.

    Ryno 13 hours 39 min ago view