As always, thanks again in advance for your wisdom. Although I am always a fan, I don't have the opportunity to follow the Cubs as closely as most of you as I don't live in the area. The games I have had the chance to watch, on WGN have been pretty depressing.
1. What is considered a "good" OPS and SLG percentage? Typically, the stats offered during games are the BA and OBP. However, on this board the OPS and SLG seem to be emphasized more. What would be considered "league average" and what would be considered "good"? I know this is a basic question, and I apologize for annoying those who are smarter than I am, but I can't seem to find the answer anywhere.
2. What is the OPS+ value? Is this a better measure for hitting than OPS itself? What is the best measure for a player's offensive ability?
3. I am not saying we should give up on the season (yet), but when IS it time to consider trading players for the future? Right now we are 7.5 games out, and cannot win a series against the Pirates. At what point would a good GM consider saying that things are not working out and that it is not realistic to think that this team is a contender? Are there any veteran players that would actually net something on this team?
4. For those of you who follow the minors closely, which pitching prospects look to be the most encouraging so far? I would assume that the team would like to trade the current veteran pitching or allow the contracts to run out; I would think the latter is the most likely possibility. Does the team seem to have a strong pitching farm system for the future, or are the Cubs most likely to again look to free agency to cover its pitching needs? [While I can look up the stats, they don't always convert to a prospects' potential. For example, I thought Sean Gallagher was going to be an all-star pitcher back in the day.]