This post was going to be entitled "Why this team could be special." But I can see from my last post and from some of the other posts around here that nobody is ready for that. I am going to have to build some foundation and hope those of you out there rooting for losses either wake up or get tased.
So Z to the pen is done and the bullpen was much better this week, despite Thursday. And the question now is: can this team be any good? Or could they be "great" or could they even be "special?" I choose to believe it's possible they could be. I mean, after all, we're only 25 games into the season. Even a Cubs fan deserves that, don't they?
So those of you choosing with me who believe this team could do something special, read on.
Of course it starts with our other 19 million dollar player and his psychology. So many head cases, these Cubs and their fans.
Obviously this team is only capable of winning a World Series if Alfonso Soriano is happy, healthy and hitting. Whether he will be come September and October when we actually need those things is Lou's job, not mine. What he does between now and then I don't really care. But if he doesn't watch himself--and yesterday's game and Monday's in which he walked 3 times are an indication that he is--he's going to find himself demoted too in the best interest of the ball club.
Now, perhaps the Tyler Colvin thing is a mirage. His minor league numbers were mediocre (OPS between .750 and .820 in 3 seasons) but he is a former 1st round pick. So the potential for the upper end of that range to translate to the big leagues is there. And as a lefthanded bat in a righty dominated line-up, he is currently forcing himself into more time. But the other outfielders are producing too. Marlon Byrd is way, way above his career numbers, Kosuke is off to his usual fast start and Nady has been a solid right-handed platoon with Kosuke.
Which means Sori is going to have to produce or it's going to come from his time. I don't care how much money you are making when some kid comes for your job it will give you a kick in the pants. So while Sori may enjoy one of his patented hot streaks for the next 8-10 days and lead the Cubs to a hot streak, it may become a matter of keeping that streak intact for months in order to keep his everyday job.
Which leads me to my next point about motivation, but I don't want to get too far ahead of myself. It's early, after all and I don't want to interrupt this daydream. Or delusion, or whatever you want to call it.
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