Lineup change today. I'm batting in the leadoff spot. Bruce is hitting second. Get your White Sox questions in now.
Sorry for the confusion as we talk White Sox first today. Welcome to the chat.
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White Sox-Twins typically a marquee matchup but both teams are struggling as they meet tonight.
Konerko on the brief two-game series: "They've gotten off to a struggling start like us so it should be a good matchup."
when does it get to the point where dealing GBecks doesn't make sense, not because he fills a need but because his talent potential is much higher than what his trade market value is? are we already there?
Beckham has been a roller coaster. Last year he was deemed too valuable to trade even when he was struggling. This year, as you suggest, his upside could be worth more than the White Sox could get for him. The White Sox still like this guy. Some talent evaluators I talked to aren't so sure he's a future All-Star though.
How long are we going to have to wait before Dunn starts hitting like himself again?
Ozzie seems to be suggesting that this is one of Dunn's typical slumps that just seems to be coming at the start of the season so it looks worse. It's clear, though that he is having issues with fastballs, something that he didn't have a season ago. Dunn's going to hit eventually. He does appear to be having better ABs of late so we'll see.
Tell me something postitive about Adam Dunn's offensive performance so far. I dare you.
Dunn's struggles out of the No. 5 hole still haven't hurt the production from Konerko. How's that? The guy is struggling, no doubt. He hit just two HRs in April and I'm pretty sure it's safe to say that if he's healthy he's going to hit more than 12 this season. But he does K a lot. It's part of the package with this guy. Get used to it.
Beckham needs to sit for a few days. Sometimes you can't play yourself out of a funk. Clear your head, regroup and get back in there. What are your thoughts?
Not a bad idea. I think in any line of work it could help to sit back a while and observe. Kind of gets your juices flowing again and clears the voices out of your head. It certainly seemed to work for Beckham last year. He's might be too hard on himself making the mental side a huge part of his challenge as well.
Any plan for Lillibridge to officially move to a back-up outfield role or is he still considered a utility infielder?
He's pretty much become that now that Teahen is playing quite a bit at third. Lillibridge has always been the backup CF and he's geting time on the corners too. The White Sox actually like him better in the OF than on the infield.
Is it just me, or is it when we have a good starting staff...the bullpen is bad....when we have a good bullpen....the starters are bad.....when we get runners on, the can never get the clutch hit. What gives??
I assume this is a White Sox question. Yes, thier timing has been awful. Not to be a pessimist, but one worry is that if guys like Dunn and Rios get going, will Quentin and Konerko hit a lull keeping things as they are on offense. The starters have been the most consistent group. The bullpen has to find that now.
A question would be better. But, hi.
Is it time to send Morel down for playing time?
Sale is probably the one closer to being sent down to find himself again. But Morel is on the watch list too. Teahen is getting more time at 3B and if he keeps playing decent defense while having good at-bats it could happen eventually.
What interleague series are you most looking forward to this year (not Cubs-White Sox)?
The other obvious answer is Red Sox-Phillies. I'll say Dodgers-Angels. Ethier should be close to hit streak record by then. (That's a joke)
Gavin Floyd showed some surprising "stuff" in his last game against the Os though the final results werent there. Think he looks poised to take the next step?
This sounds like a fantasy baseball question, especially coming from Baltimore. Gavin has flashes of brilliance but can't seem to get over the hump. Remember, he was as good as anybody in baseball for a 2 month stretch last season. He needs to learn consistency, not just during a season but during a game as well.
Doug, why is it that the Sox seem to be the only team in baseball that can actually go into a "team slump"?
Go ask a Twins fan what team is in the worst team slump this year. Gonna be interesting to see what kind of teams show up for this quick two-game series starting tonight.
Doug, how much of a impact will peavy make to this club if/when he returns?
It's not fair to call Peavy the savoir wen he comes back. He can't help on offense. He's going to need time to round into form. And coming off an experimental lat reattachment surgery, nobody knows what to expect. If his health is fine, he could round into form buy July, assuming he returns next week. He can be a huge boost in the 2nd half.
Ok, so we've covered Dunn...moving on. Alex Rios. Same question: what gives?
Welcome to the first chat room of May. Out here in Los Angeles, expectations are Ryan Dempster will pitch better. Let's go.
Bruce, when do the Cubs stick a fork in this season, bring up Brett Jackson and bench Pena for Colvin?
He's been equally bad on offense and defense. Can't blame everything on a bum toe. He has looked better of late but that isn't saying much because he was so horrible for a stretch. He hit the ball hard in the first week and was having bad luck. Now it's just a bad approach. He has to get back to the way he was swinging in Cleveland.
The season is still evolving. They're not exactly eliminated at this point. Two of their top starters are veterans being paid a lot of money. Not that easy to do a 180 and start building toward the future.
Cubs look terrible. No clutch hitting. Why not unload the players and rebuild? Soriano could yield something back and Byrd should not be on this team. Time to bring up the kids and prep for next year
Would you go to Wrigley and pay $120 to see that rebuilding product? It's easy to say to change. The Cubs do have some good young players coming along, and I'm sure Jackson will find his way in the next couple of monthhs.
Among pitchers with at least 2 starts this year, the Cubs have the 2nd, 3rd, and 8th worst in the majors in terms of ERA (according to ESPN stats)!! Now I know Dempster isnt going anywhere, but how can Coleman and Russell be the best options??
Doug - When I look at the Sox batting avg. as a team AND most individuals, I wanna cry. Is this Walker's fault? The Players? ...please explain.
Tough to just blame things on Walker. But you can't fire the players so he gets a lot of heat. The players know what it takes. Pierre needs to start getting on base and a No. 2 hitter needs to emerge. Q and Konerko would have a ton of RBIs by now if somebody was on base in front of them.
Bruce is up now.
It's not looking good, is it? Cashner and Wells are the best options. And that's probably still 3-4 weeks away. In the meantime, this team has been below average because they are 1-7 when Coleman and Russell start. The other options are Doug Davis and Todd Wellemeyer.
Bruce, It is very hard to understand a major league team continuing to send out these guys in the 4th and 5th spots. They are not even competitive in these starts and they go into Russell's starts looking at 3-4 innings each time out. Coleman has been a major disappointment off his effort last year as well. How long until Wells and Cashner are back and until then is there any hope for another young arm to come up and produce?
The only other young arm they would consider promoting is Jay Jackson, and he hasn't really looked all that great so far. It probably will be either Doug Davis, Wellemeyer or Ramon Ortiz until Cashner and Wells are ready. That will be between 3-4 weeks. I agree, it's hard to watch.
Bruce, do you think Quade should take a chance and maybe move Soriano up in the order so he could knock some runs in since the middle of the order is lacking power?
I asked Quade that last night. And he didn't understand what I meant by moving up. I was talking 3rd or 4th, he was talking 5th or 6th. Evidently, he doesn't look at Soriano as the long-term solution to their lack of RBI production.
With not a lot of all stars on the Cubs, do you think that Starlin Castro is their all star this year?
Let's see him do it for another two months. To me he's definitely not a No. 3 hitter. He will be at some point. He should lead off with Barney second. Barney and Castro are 2 and 3 in RBI.s That's peculiar.
When was the Last time that both Chicago Teams has Stunk in Major League Baseball?
Hey Bruce. With Humber pitching solid.......what are your thoughts on the White Sox potentially moving Edwin Jackson to closer when Peavy comes back? Thanks
That's interesting and certainly a thought out of the box. But Santos has been the best candidate I saw from spring on. Maybe Jackson can be traded at this point.
Bruce, could you see the Cubs making any trade moves early in the season, rather than waiting till July when a lot of the season is already shaped up? Could Byrd and DeWitt make for a good package if the Cubs decided they were going to give some their rising prospects a shot? Castro, Cashner, and Barney have all held their own when opportunity presented itself -- why not Brett Jackson and some others?
I think what you propose makes sense. There have been some reports that teams are intersted in Byrd. Philly and Washington are two. You're right, if Jackson is the real deal, I don't think the Cubs would hestitate to bring him up and start him.
Hi Bruce- For all that Quade spoke about fundamentals, we still see some horrible mental breakdowns...Baker swinging at the first pitch after a walk in the 9th at Arizona, double play to end the game...Russell last night not walking the 8th hitter and giving up an rbi with the pitcher on deck and 2 outs in the 4th...is this going to change because at only 3.5 games out of first, there is still some reason for optimism.
You picked out some real obvious mistakes they made. Not pitching to the pitcher was mystifying to me as well. But give Quade a break, every game he's had to manage he's had to sweat it out. If this team doesn't get good starting pitching and gets zero run production from the middle of the honor, it's very difficult to win.
Hey bruce,love the chats. Is there anything wrong with dempster, or does he just stink that bad so far this year?
I hate to use a term like that when it's such a quality guy, but he has been awful. And no one seems to be more mystified than Dempster. He and the Cubs insist there's nothing physicall wrong with him. If that's the case it's difficult to understand why he has no command of his pitches.
What's wrong w/ the Cubs? On paper, at least, we are a better team than next to last in a weak division.
On paper has never won a game. The White Sox on paper are the best team in the AL Central, by far. How's that working out? Have to prove it on the field.
Since the cubs are going to be nothing this year, how is spring training site and Wrigley renovations coming along?
Still on target to buy a lot of the land in Mesa around the new development. But I'm hearing that might be backed up to 2015. If that's the case, that would give the Cubs more time to spend money on Wrigley projects.
With the struggling Marlon Byrd do you see the Cubs trading him at all do get more playing time for Tyler Colvin or bringing up Brett Jackson?
Yes I think they would if they feel they got the right deal. Then Jackson could be promoted. However, if he's not ready to play every day in the big leagues, they really have no other CF.
Hey Bruce. Love the chats. Colvin has been buried on the bench and has been awful when he has played. When will they consider sending him down to Iowa so he can play everyday?
He might be the guy who goes does if they decide to bring Jackson up and haven't traded anyone else. Colvin just hasn't gotten on track.
Bruce, I read today Jim Hendry saying "the clubs has a strong Makeup". But my question is where is the talent? I look at this team and I can see them going through losing streak but I can't see the way they are built putting together a long Winning Streak. Can you please tell Hendry his magic isn't working this year?
Hendry's magic is subject to Ramirez, Pena and Soto's RBI production. And that's been close to zero. If they would just get up to their average capability, he'd have four or five other wins.
Bruce, thanks as always for doing these chats. Even if Jay Jackson isn't tearing it up in the minors, wouldn't it be worth it to have him with the big-league club to start over Russell at least? I feel like Coleman is giving the team a much better chance to compete, but Russell's games are over before the first pitch is thrown.
Coleman has walked the ballpark due to his plantar's wart on his right middle finger. Regardless, the team doesn't have a chance to win with the way the offense sputters and the young guys continue to show inconsistency.
3 to 4 weeks seems like an eternity to wait for Cashner and Wells. But since the NL Central is awful, if the Cubs can hang within a few games of .500 until that time are they still a contender?
That's how the front office is looking at it for now. If they drop 8-10 games out, they might have a different perspective.
I'd pay to see a bunch of young hungry players bust their butts to make the MLB roster. You think trading guys like Soriano or Byrd are going to lose fans? They're losing fans already even with them on the team.
Good point, but how much would you pay to watch young players develop? Would you pay $120 a ticket. That's the dilemma.
Sometimes I think I'm the only Cubs fan who likes Soriano. For all the crap the fans give him, he works his tail off, still hits for power, and is incredibly charitable and family-oriented off the field. He strikes out a lot and is a mediocre fielder. Still, if his shirt said "DeRosa" he'd be a fan favorite. What gives?
Not quite sure what your point is. I can tell you among the players, Soriano is reverred as one of the truly nice people in the game. He's always respectful and considerate. Defense and baserunning are obviously things of the past. But as you see, he can still be a functional par tof the offense when other people aren't getting the job done.
do u think Soriano could hit lead off again
He was asked that as a joke after the game last night. He said he's not thinking about leading off anymore.
I don't have to pay $120 per ticket. Terrace reserve or UD are far less expensive. But to be fair, I wouldn't pay $120 to see this group.
Ok, thanks for being honest. Would you pay that to see young guys try to get better?
Between Ramirez, Byrd, Fukudome, Pena, you'd have to think there's a good chance all of them would be traded at the deadline if the Cubs are out of contention.
Ramirez has a no-trade. Who's goign to trade for Pena unless his production picks up significantly. And Fukudome is a singles hitter. What do you plan on getting back? Ramirez is another case. If he's hitting well come July, he might consider allowing you to trade him, but the contracts can get convoluted. Sometimes clauses say if a guy's traded, the next year is guaranteed. I'll check on Ramirez.
Interesting question, would you pay to see a team in rebuilding mode... But have you noticed that fans are not showing up to watch this charade anyway? To me this looks like a half-baked effort anyway. Hendry's hires of Riggins, Listasch and Pena are obvious indicators that he never intended the team to win this year. If he did, wouldn't you declare him delusional?
I don't think Hendry's intent was to get himself fired. And he did have to work in the framework of a payroll that dropped $15M. As Coach Ditka, in life you get what you pay for.
Hope for better days for your Cubs, perhaps starting tonight with a 7-8 inning performance by Dempster. If he doesn't get straightened out, it will be tough to see this team as any type of contender in the future.