Stone on the Cubs
Mon, 30 Apr 2012|
Baseball analyst Steve Stone discusses some of the hot-button topics surrounding the Cubs - 4/30
Brian O'Hair is. Hitting the ball exceptionally well it's only a month into the season though what's your take on him. Think what's going to happen is we'll see how flexible he is we know that he hit the minor leagues and he's hitting everything in -- plus he's using the opposite field which is just great. Showing opposite field power especially in Wrigley Field hit line drives over the 368. You keep them below the wind and it goes up pretty easily -- Every day. Every advanced scout in baseball is starting to compile a book on my hair. And pretty soon the pitchers are gonna really try to find some of the soft spots right now impounding. But he wouldn't be the first got to come up have a really good start nose and tail off. I'm not sure that's going to be the case with him because right now he's covering both the inside part of plate and the outside part of the plate and it's become a terrific stories. -- knows what Anthony resilient in the minor leagues he's a guy in waiting that could very well be that a position change finds both of them in the major leagues at the same time. And as far as. What is going to happen on the north side. With Jared and with -- they're gonna make a decision about where they -- at any given time and then they're gonna make a decision on. Do you trade Soriano if you can what happens with him and guys in the same situation what do you do with -- photo and so is another one of the guys that. That probably would look to move but you have to look for value. And see if you get anybody in return I think chairs has the highest in that respect what about Marmol. He's another guy that of them. Number one you like him to -- -- -- facilities while he's with your ballclub giving him every opportunity save as many games as possible you like to see him save some. Three run games of one inning that would be nice. He'd also like to see him quit falling off the mound to the first base side that probably that's not gonna happen 'cause he does that consistently but. His stuff is great if you can get him on the right track he has some value to a team especially who's in contention it. Who might have lost their closer or maybe two of their closers. Pretty much like like the Boston red sentence. See you know it seems like this team has been trying to trade Soriano for about 45 years and no one has been -- town but. Is he tradable this point. Interesting question again I think somebody has to go down and a contending team and they might need a right handed -- And the Cubs are gonna have to do what they did was so many guys before him they're gonna have to pay. Almost all of the money and with the exception of one month he has three years left so it's two years and five months left of you know huge contract. Can they move -- they probably can't. The question is you know who's gonna want it's gonna have to be team who's going to be desperate team thinks they can win and maybe. They can get some sort of influx of some you know some run production from him. But I think it's a tough sell. Looking at the Cubs team they've won four of six. What you hang your head I'm going forward that you like about the team I know they've got a lot of holes. There is no doubt that they do what you like about it is that guys who were running it. Because they're going to take a minor league system. Which has been fair to partly woeful for quite some time and then actually work at it and they're going to get quality players up through that system. And they're gonna make some trades a little bit of today for some of tomorrow and they're gonna slowly get a team with the idea of assembling a lineup. That can take advantage of Wrigley Field. If you do it with homegrown players that cost you less in the long run. The Yankees were not really the Yankees under the early Steinbrenner because he traded oil of his young players and get essentially rotisserie team didn't work out very well. You don't give me your country it's against you bring up gaudy assists until you're in the sixty years fifth year of but they're playing for you so I think that. You're gonna see a big uptick in the minor league system you see some young guys come to the major leagues it's gonna take a while it's going to be painful at times. I think eventually you might get to the point where you move Castro up shorts up. And then you know see what you have coming up behind them you're going to see a balance finally mean when -- things -- learned in Boston. Is that the most productive lineups -- the balance -- that you can't have the extreme right hand hitting lineup every day. Expect the equality right here and set up men quality right hand stoppers. Quality right hand. Closers it doesn't happen look at the press a few years back when the Dodgers. Shut out the Cubs and they did it without throwing one pitch by a left hander so there's going to be some balance this line -- -- a little hair. The leasing it was a result you'll be seeing it would Jackson you'll be seeing it with a bunch of other guys are gonna come up and put gallons in the lineup. He might even and I know this and it seems strange he might even get yourself a leadoff hitter who actually as a lead off hitter. So -- would that be nice.