Monday Morning Musings

Monday, June 23, 2008

The Chicago Cubs must be using their day off to savor sweeping their cross-town rivals, the White Sox. In the meantime, it's hard not to notice what Pinella has been doing with their outfield. While Soriano sits out at least another week with a broken hand, Pinella has been using an impressive rotation of young outfielders in a possible showcase situation, in the event Hendry decides to go ahead and pursue C.C. Sabathia or Erik Bedard or another top-draw pitcher. Pinella has gotten good work from Eric Patterson, Micah Hoffpauir and Matt Murton. With Jim Edmonds and Reed Johnson also playing, it wouldn't be a surprise if they were willing to part with some of that young talent to upgrade the pitching rotation.


Joe 11:30 AM CDT  

I saw a similar report on another website, about Eric Patterson's pop to be used as trade bait. Micah Hoffpauir's numbers were better in spring training, but it definitely looks like they are showing off the talent. What about Zambrano's "strained" shoulder that was first reported as fine and then they put him on the DL. Sure they are playing it safe, but it also gave them the chance to either show off Sean Marshall or give him an audition in case they trade Gallagher.