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Saturday, June 17, 2006

When will the Cubs ever learn?

I just would like to know when Dusty Baker and the Cubs will learn that Glendon Rusch doesn’t have it any more (not like he ever really did) and that he should not even be in the pen, let alone the rotation. I was going to write the other day about how Glendon shouldn’t be getting a chance to start and that Angel should have been starting, but I just didn’t have the energy or time. Angel did very good out of the pen for the Cubs, but I think that Carlos Marmol has earned a couple more starts, so when Prior comes off DL, the Cubs should just send down Guzman so he can get more innings. Also I think that they should call up Michael Wuertz and just eat the rest of Glendon’s contract. If Arizona will eat 23 million dollars of Russ Ortiz’s contract, the Cubs should be able to eat the 3.8 or so million left on Glendon’s.

Another thing that is bothering me is Matt Murton. He had such a beautiful swing at the beginning of the season and now he has a major uppercut and doesn’t look like he is trying to use the whole field. I am not sure if this is because the Cubs are telling him he needs to hit 30 hr’s or it is the fact that their hitting coach has screwed him up. I am thinking it is probably both because that is what the Cubs are good at, taking a good young hitter and turning him into a crappy hitter. He is about to be a platoon guy with Freddie Bynum and hopefully while he is on the bench, he will spend some time looking at old film and maybe even calling an old hitting coach or two.


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