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Cub Tracks Wants Out Of April

It's been a largely terrible month. There are some good signs, but we all hoped the W/L record would be at least a little better than this. But Starlin builds trust, Mooney does a Gordo, so does Gordo, and Moises Alou was the king of discipline.

Savor the good swings.
Savor the good swings.
Mike McGinnis

It's an emotion-filled day here at CT, apparently.

From Comcast SportsNet

  • Starlin Castro trusts himself again.
  • Patrick Mooney continues his "be more Gordo" quest by advocating for the Cubs to make Jason Hammelbuilding block. Sigh.
  • Aramis Ramirez says he doesn't miss rebuilding with the Cubs. Apparently he's been asleep for most of his time with the Brewers.
  • Matt Garza suggests Jeff Samardzija "pitch his way out of it." This has been interpreted in multiple ways.
  • The Cubs say they understand Junior Lake's frustrations. But do they understand he's almost assuredly not a starting caliber OF?
  • Jose Veras wants to start over when he gets off the DL. Oh, if only.

From Cubs Den

  • Junior Lake has to find the strike zone. This seems unlikely to me. I don't know why you would ever throw him anything but a breaking ball on the outer half (or further).
  • If you think outside the box (I hate that phrase), maybe the Cubs should be "buyers" this season. Though I'm not sure using Carlos Gonzalez builds the strongest case, as he's been a much discussed player.
  • Another poor start is hiding the development of a core for the Cubs.


  • Shark has been pure quality, but he has nothing to show for it.
  • Neil Ramirez' major league debut went well. And some current and future family members were there to see.


From the Chicago Tribune

From the Chicago Sun-Times 


  • FiveThirtyEight tackled the subject of who are the most disciplined hitters in the game. Turns out 2002 Moises Alou was the most disciplined hitter they found. Gotta say... I'm awfully surprised to see no Cubs on the worst decision maker list, though Starlin Castro made that list among active players. The upside? There are still a lot of effective hitters on that "worst" list.

Today's food for thought