I am going to write a new article about the Cubs every month of the 2007 Cubs season.

June 2007

Base Running and Slop
The Cubs have been playing sloppy baseball this year. The base running has been atrocious. I don't know what it is. Every year in spring training they talk about going over the fundamentals and they bring in base running coaches like Vince Coleman and Bob Dernier. But then we find ourselves in the same situation. We are getting picked up and double up. It is sad. I might sound like Lou when I say that we need to get better but it is true. I think the Cubs have to take a different mental approach.

Pitching Surprises
Cubs pitching this year has been weird. Last year the bullpen and guys like Eyre and Howry were great. This year, Eyre has been awful. I have no idea why. I don't know what the Cubs should do. As for the 5th starter, Marshall has stepped in and looked great so far. It looks like Wade Miller is going to be shown the door. The Cubs starters have been great for the most part so far. Hill, Marquis and Lilly have been wonderful surprises.

I Want More Offense
I want more offense. I want more runs. Before the season started I looked at the big 3 of Lee, Soriano, and Ramirez and I dreamt about all the runs the Cubs were going to score. It is weird because the Cubs are in pretty good shape in important offensive categories but it just doesn't seem like we have been getting the clutch hits. Soriano needs more than 12 RBIs. Michael Barrett needs to hit over .240. Jacque Jones needs to have more than 1 home run.

NL Central
The NL Central is bad, really bad. The only team over .500 is the Brewers and that might not be for long. They are 3-7 in the past 10 games. This division is for the taking. The only teams that seem to be winning in the division are when the teams are playing each other. The Cardinals starting rotation is Todd Wellemeyer, Adam Wainwright, Braden Looper, Kip Wells, and Brad Thompson. That is just horrible. The Cubs are lucky to be in this division. Now win some games and take over 1st place.

The Riot
I think the Cubs should play The Riot every day. EVERY day. If he is not at SS one day, put him at 2B. If he is not at 2B, put him at SS. The guy makes things happen. Same thing with Pie. Call him back up and play him every day in CF. He just adds some youthful excitement. Pie is a spark. I also think that Murton should get most of the playing time in RF. The guy gets on base. He has a great eye and can flat out hit.