Cubs Prediction Tracker: Trade Deadline Update

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Written by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music)

Edited by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)

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About a month ago, I offered up six bold predictions for the remainder of the Cubs’ season.  Well, my predictions have done little else than make me look like an idiot so far.  So let’s see how I’m doing.

  • The Cubs will finish above 500 for the season.  This prediction could still come true…technically…it hasn’t been numerically eliminated yet.  This is what I get for being an optimistic fan.  The Cubs currently sit at last place in the NL Central with a dismal 52-68 record.  That’s 16 games under 500 for those of you scoring at home.  Unless the Cubs start playing like the Dodgers, this one looks to be dead.  But there is a lot of baseball to be played.
  • Matt Garza will be traded before the trade deadline.  This one happened.  Score one for me and score one for Team Epstein!
  • Alfonso Soriano will be a Cub for the rest of the season.  To be fair, only the Yankees would be dumb enough to take his contract…and that’s exactly who did.  Thanks a lot Brian Cashman, you make me look stupid yet again.
  • Nate Schierholtz will be traded by the deadline.  Schierholtz is still wearing a Cub uniform.  The thing that kept him a Cub was the fact that his contract has another year on it, making his price just a little bit too high.  Had this been the last year of his deal, he would be playing for someone else right now.  This one doesn’t make me look all that stupid, but it’s a snowball effect at this point.
  • Kevin Gregg will be traded.  Of course, the one Cubs player that I hate more than any other manages to screw me yet again!  Why can’t I just be rid of Kevin Gregg already?  What could I possibly have done to offend the baseball god’s and deserve such torture?  Technically, I haven’t missed on this prediction yet…because I didn’t predict the Cubs to trade him before the deadline.  But I’m going to score this as a loss, simply because I just can’t take it anymore.  If any fan base out there has an excuse to drink…it’s Cubs fans.
  • Alfonso Soriano will hit over 40 home runs by the end of the season.  Again, this one could technically still happen.  Soriano seems to be taking some time to adjust to the pitching in the AL East.  I made this prediction on the assumption that nobody would be dumb enough to take on any of his contract.  Lesson learned?  Never underestimate the stupidity of the Yankees and NEVER base your predictions on their sanity.  Since Soriano is no longer teeing off on NL Central pitching, I expect this one to fall short by at least 10 dingers.

So as it stands right now, I am 1-3 in my predictions, with a month and a half left in the season.  What shall happen?  Shall the Cubs make me look completely stupid, forcing Curt to dismiss me from the ‘Our Sports Report’ staff?  Will people snicker at me as I grab a cup of coffee at work? (Wait…they already do.)  Only time will tell…and the suspense is killing me!