Jake Peavy wants to be a Cub - c'mon, Jim. Sack up!!
The San Diego Union Tribune reported Wednesday that our new favorite Jake is telling his BFF (baseball friends forever) that he wants to be a Cub.
Absolutely no doubt in this reporter's mind that his reasoning probably starts with the love he has for us, the Die Hard Cubs Fans!! He wants to pitch for us! He wants to be the cheeze in our macaroni! The saw-seege in our deep dish pizza! The Old Style in our plastic cups....
/sound of phonograph needle being dragged across record. God, I hate Old Style
...anyway, J-Dog notes we should "spend some cash on the most epic pitching staff ever". Heh. That sounds seriously cool. To be able to install the filthy and unhittable Rich Harden as the Best Fifth Starter in Baseball History. Which actually would be absolutely in tune with his physical capabilities (ie. the need to rest him). It would also allow us to just, utterly, DUMP the Marquis du Suck on anyone who is willing to waste a roster spot on his silly ass, and yes, I am also assuming that we're paying the freight on him, too. But this is the only way that du Suck ISN'T pitching for us in 2009, and if you already have Peavy, Dempster, Z, Lilly and Harden, there ain't no shame in a straight salary dump concerning Marquis.
Yes, logic dictates that what we have now (no Peavy, Harden #4 and Marquis #5) is not only sufficient, but head and shoulders above the rotations of every other team in the known universe. BUT....that's what we have, now, and we got swept in the NLDS. Again. Yes, logic dictates that if the Braintrust thinks it has an extra $12MM or so to spend, that the sensible place to spend it would be a left handed hitter, preferably one that can lead off and/or play right field.
BUT WHAT IF we instead got Peavy, and got Fukudome into playing shape (Uncle Lou intimated the other day that Fooky was soft in the middle), and just juggled the batting order? Put ARam 3rd, Soto 4th, Soriano 5th, Lee 6th, and spin the Wheel of Fortune for a leadoff man (my needle stopped on DeRosa)?
I would just LOVE to see that, as some sort of Bizarre Sports Experiment, all Defense, all the Time.
Hey, it worked for the 1985 Bears?