With the Cubs sitting at 10-11 right now it is safe to say that this season would be considered a success as long as we finish .500 or higher. With most of our bigger-named players not performing like all-stars, I would be fine with a .500 season. Soriano, Lee, Ramirez, Zambrano, Lilly; these have been our big name players over the years. They are now not showing any more ability than Ryan Theriot. This leaves room for our younger/newer guys, Theriot, Byrd, Marmol, Silva, Wells, Soto; to be doing some heavy work. This should be good in years to come as our bigger names get traded and pass their primes as these newer guys will have more experience.
This season I am not expecting the Cubs to win it all like I have really wanted the past few years. I am looking for our younger players, maybe even AA and AAA, to step up and show what they are worth. Marlon Byrd, Ryan Theriot, and Carlos Marmol have shown great skill and I hope for them to be leaders of the team in a few years. At 27, Marmol is one of the better closers in the league, showing tremenous ability with his mid-90's trailing heater and hard Slider! Who knows how these guys will be in a few years in their prime after they get some more experience.
So, overall, I want to know what you guys think of this idea. I wouldn't mind going .500 as long as these guys get experience. And tell us who your favorite Young/New guy is, and if it is other, tell us who.