After being swamped at work and on vacation for the last 3 weeks or so, I'm back to share some more of my thoughts with everybody.
Spring training is under way and my beloved Cubs are once again favored to win the NL Central. Some people have them favored (again) to go a lot further than that. However, after the all the hype and then the disappointment two years running, I'm a little more cautious. They do have one of the best teams in baseball (on paper). Somehow in October they forget how to do the things they did to get them into the playoffs in the first place. I was completely fed up after last year's debacle. So much so that I was even contemplating rooting for the Royals or Nationals. At least I wouldn't be disappointed if they got swept in the first round. For those teams this would mean a milestone.
Let's look at what could be the opening day batting order at wrigley.
2B- Aaron Miles
SS- Ryan Theriot
LF- Alfonso Soriano
3B- Aramis Ramirez
RF- Milton Bradley
1B- Derek Lee
C- Geovany Soto
CF- Kosuke Fukudome (very scary)
SP- Carlos Zambrano
Closer- Carlos Marmol
I hope that Lou will open his eyes and put Soriano in the 3 hole. The only problem with that is you would have to put Miles in the lead off spot. A guy with a .329 career OBP. Wait a minute, Soriano's is the exact same. Well there you go. Unfortunately this is a pipe dream that will never happen.
I think the rotation will be:
1. Carlos Zambrano
2. Rich Harden
3. Ryan Dempster
4. Ted Lilly
5. Sean Marshall
The pitching from 1-4 is pretty solid. I just hope that Dempster has a repeat season from last year and Marshall has a breakout season and Harden stays healthy and........................
Well we all know what has happened for the last 101 years. Let's just hope for the best. I can't take the White Sox fans anymore. Damnit, that was four years ago people.
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