Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The Cubs

So we finally got the big fish in Alfonso Soriano. It's a surreal experience, but hey, great. We resigned Aramis, nice.

But wasn't the pitching what we needed to address more than anything?

I wonder about the moves so far. Not so much the spending or the personnel added, but the priority in which they were made.

Where are the starters? Sure, Wade Miller will be in the race for the 5th starter, probably along with Sean Marshall, Angel Guzman, and the rookies. That's fine.

That leaves:


This is what writers around the country have as the rotation. But, as much as Prior has been hurt (freak accidents), he will be in the rotation as long as he's healthy. That's why Hendry is going after mid-level pitchers like Gil Meche and Jason Marquis.

Because here is what it really looks like:


Word is Hendry wants two more pitchers. Why? Because this way any injury to Prior is covered as well as the struggles that may come from the number 5 slot. Plus, it's always good to have depth.

So what am I getting at?

The fact that, a month ago, I could've given you a lineup with very few question marks:

CF ?
2B Theriot
1B Lee
3B Ramirez
RF Jones
C Barrett
LF Murton
SS Izturis

So this post is now officially a ramble, I'm busy packing, but my point is this: Don't we need elite starters much more than we need elite hitters like Soriano?

Pitching wins championships?


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