Wednesday, May 11, 2011
The last time I wrote here three weeks ago the Cubs were in first place (tied) with a .500 record, right now they are, well, less than that. Of course the Cubs can cut into the Cardinals 5 game lead with a couple victories in the remaining two games of the current series, but that would likely mean coming up with a clutch hit here and there. This season the Cubs seem to be able to get hits with RISP about as often as Carlos Silva hits the weight room after eating a salad for dinner.
The Cubs are 15-19, it’s not even mid-May and perhaps it’s because the Cardinals are in town but the talk around the Cubs blogosphere seems to be about next year and the Cubs potentially acquiring free agent Albert Pujols. As if this chatter needed any fuel to the fire, Cubs GM Jim Hendry and Pujols hugged during BP yesterday. The Hendry/Pujols hug brings to mind the words of blues legend John Lee Hooker: “Like you and your woman ain’t gettin’ along and you’re in love. You can’t sleep at nights. Your mind is on her – on whatever. You know, that’s the blues. You can’t hug that money at night. You can’t kiss it.”
Of course it would take a lot of jack and probably more hugs to bring Pujols to the Northside next year but with attendance lower at Wrigley this season, acquiring Pujols could be a wise business decision. As former Cub and current Cardinal Ryan Theriot said, “it’s a business. Things happen. You see guys go and play for rival teams”. Theriot going from the Cubs to the Cardinals is kinda, well…meh, but Pujols going to the Cubs…that would be a seismic event. I’m not giving up on this season and I’m certainly not going to pine over Pujols but it’s clear that the Cubs need improvement in several areas. Can the current roster make the needed improvements over the course of this season to contend? Maybe, because the division overall seems down but it’s going to be an uphill battle. On the bright side, the Cubs current first baseman has his average up to .213 and the White Sox are 10.5 games out.
Part of the reason it had been a while since I last blogged is that I’ve been working hard on a project, it’s pretty exciting and I’ll tell you about it next week. Tomorrow Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner will get some work over at Fitch Park, I’ll be there and let you know how it goes. Just a reminder to check out our Boys of Spring – Wrigleyville West facebook page, be sure to go there and chat with me and other Cubs fans and give it a “like”. Check back here tomorrow afternoon for the Wells/Cashner report.