Vote for Cubs 2011 MVP and LVP
2011 Cubs MVP
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Previous winners include:
- 2010 - Carlos Marmol
- 2009 - Derrek Lee
- 2008 - Geovany Soto
WAR values come from Baseball Reference, ranking is for team of course, not the league.
|Castro||307/342/431 111 OPS+, 2.2 WAR||1st in BA, H, 2B, 3B, R + 2nd in SB, 4th in OBP|
|Garza||10-10, 3.20 ERA, 198 IP, 197 K, 118 ERA+, 2.5 WAR,||1st in ERA, W, K, WHIP + 2nd in IP for starters|
|Marshall||2.26 ERA, 5 SV, 34 HLDS, 173 ERA+, 2.5 WAR||1st in ERA, WHIP and HLDS|
|Ramirez||306/361/510 136 OPS+, 3.6 WAR
||1st in RBI, SLG + 2nd in BA, H, R, HR, OBP|
|Ricketts||Fired Hendry, spent a lot on the draft|
2011 Cubs LVP
Click here if you're having issues with the poll within the post. Previous losers were:
- 2010 - Lou Piniella
- 2009 - Alfonso Soriano
|Jim Hendry||left team with little rotation depth, and lots of dead weight on contracts.|
|Carlos Marmol||2-6, 4.01 ERA, 34 SV, 10 BSV, 98 ERA+, 0.9 WAR||blew league leading 10 Saves|
|Mike Quade||acted very confused, consistently...|
|Alfonso Soriano||244/289/469 104 OPS+, 1.4 WAR||if you care to concentrate on the value portion of LVP, Soriano gave little bang for the buck|
|Carlos Zambrano||9-7, 4.82 ERA, 145.2 IP, 81 ERA+, 1.4 WAR||similar to Soriano, money paid grossly overstated to performance given. May have kicked a puppy.|
I'll leave it open through the end of the week. Comments always appreciated.
Going from a first place team to a third place team is a painful process.
Cards already whining
Cardinals look a little road-weary on getaway day http://espn.go.com/blog/st-louis-cardinals//post/_...
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dee gordon (MIA) suspended 80 days for PEDs. wow.
"excessive testosterone and Clostebol"
hell of a late-night news flash.
Seems like a bizarre pick -- they moved up 2 spots to pick up a guy who was not dominant in college. According to the talking heads, supposedly a great athlete (but an unpolished football player). So was Alonzo Spellman. And the guy who could jump out of a pool. Bears have missed the playoffs 5 straight years and 8 of the last 9. And they made Marc Trestman an NFL head coach. Maybe they can hire Theo in his free time. Sheesh.
And then the Bears pick an undersized linebacker with very few sacks in his college career and very little ability to shed blocks and the draft becomes less of a joy.
Watching the NFL Draft on ESPN with the mute on is one of the greatest joys in my small life. Being able to not hear Roger Goodell, Chris Berman, Jon Gruden, and Mel Kiper in quick order is just somehow immensely satisfying. I hope by the time the Bears pick they have Steven AAAAAAAAAAAAA Smith and Skip Bayless on so I can not hear them too.
even if the cubs lose feder, he's easily replaceable with a cash/low-end-ptbnl trade...plus, taylor davis is wasting time down in AA and he could pop up to AAA to back up w.conteras.
Tim Federowicz is out of minor league options, so Outright Assignment Waivers would be needed before he can be sent back to Iowa. He also has the right to elect free-agency if outrighted, but he probably wouldn't elect to be a FA if outrighted unless the Cubs shit on him somehow while he's up with the big club (not likely).
But it is possible that another MLB club could claim Federowicz if the Cubs place him on waivers, which would leave Willson Contreras as pretty much the only other option if a catcher goes on the DL again later in the season.
CRAIG: D. J. Wilson is hitting 083/115/167 in six Cactus League EXST games (26 PA), but his K-rate is only 11.5% and he has somehow managed to drive-in five runs along the way (he's tied for second on the team in RBI), so it's not like he's swinging & missing a lot. He does seem to be feeling for the ball a bit, however, which has resulted in too much weak contact and not enough line drives.
Bryant sprained ankle MRI tomorrow
Cubs did a lot of that today: 2-for-17 with RISP.
Man, what an ugly baseball game - Cubs receive 11 walks and Bryant reached twice by HBP, the Brewers pitchers threw almost 200 pitches (199 pitches...in 8 innings!), they even walked Baez (first one of the year), Cubs scored twice when Brewers botched routine DP balls, Cahill walks three guys with a 6-run lead, forcing Maddon to waste Strop, the weather sucked again, etc. Happy with the win, but that was really tough to watch.
"Some of the most racist things I've ever heard have come out of people that are on the air at ESPN," Schilling said Wednesday on "Breitbart News Patriot Forum." He was fired by ESPN last week.
“In the end for me it felt like that rule applied to me and me alone because I was conservative … Bigots are calling me a bigot. A bigot is someone who refuses to accept a different opinion. I will accept anyone’s opinion.”
Rolled scoring on Rizzo double
Re ZOBRIST -
Today's game is what I was referring to re Zobrist and RISP struggles. He did come through with his patented single to drive in a run - but also left the bases loaded, and two men on, no outs (called 3rd).
So, I hope he can pick that part of his game up when they start playing the better teams...