Extreme-Lee Good Timing

If I were to tell you the player Lee’s hitting most resembles this Spring is Ichiro, you’d probably be thrilled.

That is of course, unless you knew what I know.

Ichiro is a horrifying 0-for-21 this Spring.

And Lee hasn’t fared much better.

Picture_3_2Picture_4_1I don’t really know what to make of it.

I know its only Spring Training and everyone is dusting off the cobwebs and finding their groove but its not like we just started. We’re 3 weeks away from Opening Day. Against the Brewers. I’d hate to see Lee put up another oh-fer like he did today when it actually counts. Overall this Spring, Lee is hitting .125. He’s 3-for-24, 3 hits, 0 HR and 7 K’s. His slugging % is a pathetic .167. Most people would focus on the part that its only Spring Training. I get that and agree…thankfully, right now these games don’t count. However, another way to look at it is: ITS ONLY SPRING TRAINING. Translation: SOME OF LEE’S AT-BATS HAVE BEEN AGAINST SCRUB PITCHERS. HOW IS IT THEN THAT HIS BATTING AVG IS STILL ONLY .125?

That probably didn’t deserve all caps, but once I got going, I actually enjoyed it.

That’s the same thing Ichiro is saying about his streak. Hopefully its not another thing they have in common.

And while we’re in worry mode here…how about Soriano’s legs? Caught stealing today. He’s been on base 6 times and this was his only attempt. I’m glad they’re not pushing him too hard too soon. It should be interesting to see if they run him more as Spring goes on and what kind of success he has leading into the regular season.

Zambrano on the other hand: no worries. Zambrano killed it again today with a SOLID 4 innings giving up 4 hits (a home run in the second inning) and picking up 3 more K’s. His overall ERA for the Spring is at 1.00. With all that’s still up in the air about our rotation, its great to see our ace is already bringing his ‘A’ game. As for our closer candidates…Marmol continues to impress and I have to believe the role is his to lose with Wood in 2nd way ahead of Howry. Experience may be on Howry’s side, but Spring performance definitely is not. Don’t believe me, let’s let the numbers do the talking:

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Lilly tomorrow against the Rangers. Think there might be any more Marlon Byrd talks during the game? (on a related note: who wants Coco Crisp when you can have yourself some Pie?) GO CUBS GO!

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Back to the Future

And now ladies and gentlemen, (with a little help from Tampa Bay) new to the Cubs for 2008, all the way in from MINNESOTA, the Cubs give up nothing but a little green and get…that’s riiiight…:
(big DRAMATIC drumroll please)

…TIM LAHEY! Picture_2

“With the Rule 5 Draft’s first pick, Tampa Bay chose Tim Lahey out of the Minnesota organization, with the Rays promptly pivoting to deal the 25-year-old right-hander to the Cubs for cash considerations.

Originally a catcher, Lahey was converted to a pitcher in 2005, the year after having been the Twins’ 20th-round choice in the First-Year Player Draft, with immediate success. He earned 15 saves that season with Elizabethtown in the Rookie League, and is 15-6 with 38 saves in 123 Minor League appearances overall.”

Wait, what? You did say Minnesota right? Not quite Johan Santana to say the least and we had a little help from the Rays (I’d change my name too at this point) but hey, its always exciting to get what could potentially be a quality pitcher for the future. With a rotation of Zambrano, Lilly, Marquis, Hill, and Marshall/etc I personally feel we’re in pretty good shape right now for starters but since Lahey has to stay on the active roster for the entire season or else the Rays can buy him back for half price, he may be able to help out in the bullpen. So, that being said, welcome to the club Mr. Lahey, or as I could also refer to you…”FROM TAMPA BAY, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE WELCOME “Not Scott Kazmir.”

Also, who knows, maybe Mr. Lahey could help us get the left-handed power hitting outfielder we’d love to land by including him in another move sometime in the future…I suppose that wouldn’t be so bad, now would it? And if you’re reading this Mr. Fukudome, forget about all that, sign the dotted line, let’s get you a locker…and put you in front of the best fans in baseball roaming the new grounds in right field at Wrigley!

(This must be the patience Sweet Lou has been talking about.)

“…root, root, root for the CUBBIES…”

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