Why the Cubs Won’t Win the NL Central in 2009

Chicago Cubs logoThe Cubs season hasn’t gone as planned. At .500 the Cubs have failed to meet the expectations of their fans and experts alike.

Many experts said that the Cubs had a great pitching staff, and for the most part they do. The only problem is those guys never seem to stay healthy, and when they return they don’t pitch well.

The Cubs hitters have fared much worse. The team’s batting average is .246, which is 26th in the league. While Derrek Lee has started to hit, his efforts are in vain. Kosuke has once again fallen under the .300 mark, just like he did last year after having a great start. Bradley has been a bust since he has yet to hit over .250. Soriano is their main source of power, but he is not a leadoff hitter. A leadoff hitter doesn’t bat .227 and strike out 70 times in 65 games.

The Cubs have just as many problems on the pitching side. Harden has done what he does best: getting injured. Zambrano has also gotten injured and suspended. Dempster hasn’t followed up on his breakout season of last year. Kevin Gregg has shown that he can’t be depended on to close tight games. Carlos Marmol has struggled to strike out hitters, which he did so well last year. With no clear bullpen ace, setup man, or closer, the Cubs have a bunch of problems that seem to stretch on forever.

If there is any hope this year, it’s Randy Wells and Ted Lilly. They are the only consistent pitchers on the ball club. They pitch well every start and give the team a chance to win. Lilly is 7-4 with a 3.04 ERA in 14 games of work. With Wells, his numbers do not tell the story at all. His 1-3 record is deceiving. His only bad start came against Minnesota, where he gave up 4 earned runs in 3.2 innings of work.

With all of their problems and inconsistencies, the Cubs will not win the Central division for a 3rd time in a row. The Cubs need a lot of revamping and rebuilding. I suggest dropping some older players and picking up younger ones that show promise. The one thing the Cubs have never really had is a good farm system. Most of their draft picks are a bust in the majors, or they never make it to the majors.

While I am a Cubs fan, I just don’t seem them pulling this off. 101 years it will be.

When does football season begin?



About Tyler Juranovich

Tyler Juranovich is an Indiana native, a Ball State student, and a senior writer for MSF, where he's been writing about Chicago sports since 2009. His favorite teams are the Chicago Blackhawks and Bears. He's also a lover of reading, music, and movies. Follow him on Twitter (@tylerjuranovich) or email him at tyler.juranovich@gmail.com

Comments

  1. I enjoy, lead to I found just what I used to be looking for. You’ve ended my four day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have a nice day. Bye

  2. The procedure is quite painless and quicker when compared to the other methods of teeth whitening. However, the result of this method depends on the strength of peroxide in it. What separates these tooth whiteners from the ordinary toothpastes is the concentration of the actual abrasive component.Check out my blog post :: Best Tooth Whitening

  3. Very well written story. It will be useful to anyone who utilizes it, as well as me. Keep up the good work looking forward to more posts.

  4. Woh I enjoy your blog posts, saved to fav!

  5. Wow, superb blog layout! I can tell you put some work in. I in no way believed of that this way .. I will display my fellow colleagues this well-written content material. I am extremely comfortable that I stumbled across this in my search for one factor with regards to this.

  6. Needed to create you this tiny observation to finally thank you so much once again about the great methods you’ve discussed on this page. It’s tremendously open-handed of you to allow freely all most of us would have advertised as an ebook in making some bucks for themselves, principally given that you could possibly have tried it in case you wanted. The principles additionally acted to become fantastic way to recognize that other people online have a similar desire really like my own to grasp lots more when it comes to this condition. I believe there are many more fun occasions up front for many who discover your blog post.

  7. Somebody essentially lend a hand to make significantly posts I might state. This is the very first time I frequented your web page and so far? I amazed with the analysis you made to make this particular submit extraordinary. Magnificent activity!

  8. Great article, totally what I wanted to find.

  9. The new Zune browser is surprisingly good, but not as good as the iPod’s. It works well, but isn’t as fast as Safari, and has a clunkier interface. If you occasionally plan on using the web browser that’s not an issue, but if you’re planning to browse the web alot from your PMP then the iPod’s larger screen and better browser may be important.

  10. Greetings from Ohio! I’m bored to death at work so I decided to check out your blog on my iphone during lunch break. I love the info you provide here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home. I’m surprised at how fast your blog loaded on my phone .. I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyways, fantastic blog!

  11. There is evidently a bunch to know about this. I feel you made certain good points in features also.

  12. Excellent blog here! Also your web site quite a bit up very fast! What host are you using? Can I am getting your affiliate link for your host? I want my web site loaded up as quickly as yours lol

  13. I really appreciate this post. I have been looking everywhere for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You’ve made my day! Thank you again

  14. Between me and my husband we’ve owned more MP3 players over the years than I can count, including Sansas, iRivers, iPods (classic & touch), the Ibiza Rhapsody, etc. But, the last few years I’ve settled down to one line of players. Why? Because I was happy to discover how well-designed and fun to use the underappreciated (and widely mocked) Zunes are.

  15. The film is highly praised and is one of the highest grossing documentaries of all time. Therefore, it is needless to say that these music licensing companies have a huge stock of the original musical content that can be used in any future projects. It has received good ratings from critics, and received more than eight million viewers making it the most watched drama on basic cable in history.

  16. I was curious if you ever considered changing the layout of your blog? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having 1 or two images. Maybe you could space it out better?

  17. I’ve been surfing online more than 3 hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It’s pretty worth enough for me. Personally, if all web owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the internet will be a lot more useful than ever before.

  18. you are in reality a good webmaster. The website loading speed is amazing. It seems that you are doing any unique trick. Moreover, The contents are masterpiece. you’ve performed a magnificent process in this subject!

  19. Howdy! Do you know if they make any plugins to safeguard against hackers? I’m kinda paranoid about losing everything I’ve worked hard on. Any tips?

Speak Your Mind