Jason Heyward has been a huge disappointment for the Chicago Cubs in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Friday 24 June 2016 at 12:37 pm

26-year old lefty swinging RF Jason Heyward was signed to a ludicrous 8-year, $184 deal over the winter and he is laughing all the way to the bank so far this year for the Chicago Cubs.  Heyward has played in 63 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 58 of 246 (.236 avg, .657 OPS) with 35 runs scored, 4 homers, 25 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  He is showing some signs of life with the bat so far in June.  In his 20 games so far this month, Heyward is 21 of 78 (.269 avg, .773 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 3 homers and 7 RBIs.  I have always thought that Heyward was overrated and he is showing that full force for the Cubs so far in 2016!

The Chicago Cubs need more out of their catchers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Sunday 5 June 2016 at 7:54 am

The Chicago Cubs have not been getting quite enough out of their catchers so far this year.  32-year old lefty swinging Miguel Montero is off to a very slow start with the bat for the Cubs so far this year.  Montero has played in 27 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 17 of 83 (.205 avg, .687 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 2 homers, 12 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Luckily for the Cubs, 39-year old righty swinging David Ross is showing that he still has something left in the gas tank.  Ross has played in 29 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 19 of 79 (.241 avg, .787 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 4 homers and 17 RBIs.  If Ross keeps playing as much as he is right now, he is going to wear down.  That is part of the reason why the Cubs are carrying three catchers right now.  28-year righty swinging Tim Federowicz has played in 12 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 5 for 25 (.200 avg, .511 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs.

Jason Heyward is stinking it up for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Tuesday 24 May 2016 at 7:24 am

When the Chicago Cubs signed 26-year old lefty swinging RF Jason Heyward to a 8-year, $184 million dollar deal over the winter it made me chuckle.  In his first six years in the majors, Heyward averaged a whopping 74.3 runs scored, 16.2 homers, 59.7 RBIs and 14.3 steals per season!  Wow….those numbers are worth $23 million bucks a year these days on an 8-year deal?  I don’t think so.  He was an All-Star as a rookie for the Atlanta Braves in 2010…..but that’s the only time he has played in that game so far in his career.  He did win 3 Gold Gloves in his first six years in the show, but that still doesn’t make him worth the money the Cubs are paying him.  Heyward has played in 37 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 32 of 142 (.225 avg, .611 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 1 homer, 14 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  He has now played in 872 games in his first seven years in the show and he is 836 of 3,147 (.266 avg, .776 OPS) with 466 runs scored, 98 homers, 366 RBIs and 91 stolen bases.  He is by far the most overrated players on the Cubs and he is one of the most overrated players in all of baseball!

Kris Bryant is off to a slow start this year for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Wednesday 13 April 2016 at 9:06 am

24-year old righty swinging Kris Bryant had a great rookie season for the Chicago Cubs in 2015.  He played in 151 games for the Cubs last year and he was 154 of 559 (.275 avg, .858 OPS) with 87 runs scored, 26 homers, 99 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.  It wasn’t all peaches and cream though, as he did whiff 199 times last year.  He was the N.L. Rookie of the Year last season and he was an All-Star and finished 11th in the MVP voting.  Bryant had a rough time in the post-season for the Cubs, as he appeared in 9 games in which he was 6 for 34 (.176 avg, .684 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 2 homers, 5 RBIs and 12 whiffs!  Bryant is off to a very slow start with the bat for the Cubs so far in 2016.  He has played in 7 games for the Cubs so far in 2016 and he is 6 for 30 (.200 avg, .573 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs.  The Cubs need Bryant to pick up the pace at the plate as soon as possible.

Starlin Castro has been a huge disappointment for the Chicago Cubs in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Friday 20 September 2013 at 1:56 pm

23-year old righty swinging SS Starlin Castro was a huge disappointment in 2013 for the Cubs.  He was #5 in the voting for the N.L. Rookie of the Year in 2010 and he was an N.L. All-Star in 2011 and 2012…..so expectations were high for him this year and he let the Cubs down.  Castro has played in 152 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 152 of 629 (.242 avg, .623 OPS) with 56 runs scored, 9 homers, 41 RBIs and 9 stolen bases.  Castro has now played in 597 games in his first four years with the Cubs and he is 681 of 2,412 (.282 avg, .725 OPS) with 278 runs scored, 36 homers, 226 RBIs and 66 stolen bases.  The Cubs hope that Castro rebounds in 2014 and beyond.

Anthony Rizzo is slumping big time in the second half for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Wednesday 18 September 2013 at 6:21 am

24-year old lefty swinging 1B Anthony Rizzo is having big time issues at the plate in the second half of the 2013 season.  He has played in 57 games for the Cubs in the second half of the 2013 season and he is only 44 of 214 (.206 avg, .687 OPS) with 22 runs scored, 9 homers and 21 RBIs.  Rizzo has now played in 149 games overall this year for the Cubs and he is 128 of 563 (.227 avg, .738 OPS) with 67 runs scored, 22 homers, 75 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Despite his struggles at the plate recently, Rizzo is still leading the Cubs in runs scored (67), homers (22) and RBIs (75) in 2013.  He is a big part of the future, so the Cubs need him to finish strongly in the next two weeks and to improve in 2014.

Anthony Rizzo has been awful in August for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Thursday 30 August 2012 at 3:40 pm

23-year old lefty swinging 1B Anthony Rizzo was awesome for the Cubs in July, but the pitchers have caught up to him already. He has played in 25 games so far in August and he is 24 of 101 (.238 avg, .578 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 1 homer, 8 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Rizzo has now played in 56 games overall this year for the Cubs and he is 60 for 213 (.282 avg, .767 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 9 homers, 28 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. The Cubs hope that Rizzo gets back on track with the bat in September.

A couple of top prospects on the Chicago Cubs are having problems so far

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Wednesday 22 August 2012 at 9:35 am

24-year old lefty swinging CF Brett Jackson and 22-year old righty swinging 3B Josh Vitters are having big time trouble with major league pitching so far this year. Jackson has played in 15 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 9 for 51 (.176 avg, .577 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs. He has walked 6 times while whiffing a utterly pathetic 26 times already this year for the Cubs. Vitters has played in 12 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 5 for 41 (.122 avg, .363 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer, 4 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He has whiffed 16 times already for the Cubs and he has yet to walk. I don’t see how letting these guys struggle so badly is going to help them down the road.

Bryan LaHair is moving to the bench for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Thursday 9 August 2012 at 9:34 am

With Brett Jackson in CF and David DeJesus moving back to RF, the Cubs have decided to make 29-year old lefty swinging 1B/RF Bryan LaHair the first player off the bench. LaHair has played in 93 games for the Cubs overall this year and he is 75 of 285 (.263 avg, .808 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 14 homers, 31 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. But, he has really been in a terrible slump since June 1st. Since June 1st, LaHair has played in 48 games in which he is 30 for 139 (.216 avg) with 14 runs scored, 4 homers, 9 RBIs and 1 stolen base. The Cubs hope that LaHair can help them as a pinch hitter the rest of the year.

The Chicago Cubs will be depending on rookie catchers the rest of this year

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Friday 3 August 2012 at 2:17 pm

25-year old righty swinging Welington Castillo and 26-year old lefty swinging Steve Clevenger will share time behind the plate with Geovany Soto out of the picture (he was dealt to the Rangers). Castillo came into this season as the Cubs’ #6 prospect according to Baseball America. He has played in 10 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 8 for 38 (.211 avg, .689 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 2 homers and 6 RBIs. Clevenger came into this season as the Cubs’ #21 prospect according to Baseball America. Clevenger has played in 45 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 32 of 133 (.241 avg, .594 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 1 homer and 14 RBIs. The Cubs hope that Castillo and Clevenger can handle a heavier workload behind the plate the rest of this season.

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