Brian Roberts, Erik Bedard, Marlon Byrd, Alex Rios, Carl Crawford, Khalil Greene, and on and on and on. It seems everybody has a guy in mind who will put the Cubs over the top. And while I will grant you that a couple of these guys would be nice additions...primarily Bedard or Rios...we have a pretty good team ready to take the field in 2008. So everybody take a deep breath and............
think back a couple years to what we all wanted. Corner OFer's who could hit AND field. Check. A center fielder with some range. Check. A really good bullpen. Check. A deep starting pitching staff. Check. A good catcher, FINALLY! Check. This team doesn't have many holes.
I know, I know. Everybody wants to see a different lead off hitter. High OBP. But let's be real here. Soriano will be cold and dead in the ground before he gives that spot up. And quite honestly, he's not near as good of a hitter in any other spot in the lineup. His history proves it. And Lou seems to like him there no matter what any of us think. Sorry.
We're gonna score runs. Our starting pitching will keep us in ballgames. Our bullpen is bordering on excellent (don't believe me? look at the numbers). And we play in a very easy division. The only competition we really have, looking at it right now, is the Brewers and they still don't have the pitching depth that we do. I'm feeling good about our chances for a division crown in 2008.
What do you think? Let me hear ya!