Written by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music)
Edited by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)
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Just after the All Star break, I made some bold predictions for the second half of the Cub’s season. As the season progresses, I will update our faithful readers as to how I’m doing on the predictions. Well kids, so far, my record is 1-1.
I scored my first run on a bit of a bloop single. We all knew Matt Garza would be traded before the deadline. That was an easy one. For a second it looked like the trade talks were dead, but they came roaring back and the deal was completed. Was the trade smart? Absolutely. Garza is only going to become more expensive as his career moves forward, but he’ll also become more fragile as his pitch count climbs. The Cubs were smart to add pitching depth and cut down on potential future risks with Garza.
I gave up a run by predicting that Alfonso Soriano would remain a Cub for the rest of the season. This prediction seemed like another bloop single, because the Cubs would have to eat so much of his salary in order to trade him, but the Yankees came calling…and we all know how they are with money.
Per an article on Cubs.com, there is approximately $24.5 million dollars left on Soriano’s deal with the Cubs. The Cubs are going to pick up the majority of the tab by pitching in $17.7 million and the Yankees will pick up the other $6.8 million.
In the deal, the Cubs were able to add pitching depth to their farm system. However, the Cubs lost a very big presence in their clubhouse. Right now they have a team full of young players who need a leader. Soriano was about the last crafty veteran left on the team, so it remains to be seen who will pick up the slack. I can’t really grade this trade right now. We’ll see how the team performs as the season moves on without a solid leader.
On a side note, Soriano will be playing his home games in a launch pad of a stadium. Expect my prediction of 40 homers to stand. From what I understand of Yankee Stadium, Omar Vizquel could’ve hit 40 dingers in that place…so it’s a hitter’s park.
There you have it folks, I’m 1-1 in my predictions with four predictions left to unfold as we move towards the end of the season. Be sure to check back in with ‘Our Sports Report’ to see how I finish out.