When we last heard from Dan Plesac, he was inexplicably signing a new contract with MLB Network, after making such astute observation as “(random pitcher) needs to get guys out” and “You can’t win if you don’t score runs.” As you could probably tell by me screaming “DEAR GOD NOT DAN PLESAC” for four months during the Chicago Cubs search for a color man, I’m not a huge fan of the former-Cub-but-mostly-Brewer-that-people-keep-hiring-to-talk-for-reasons-I-don’t-entirely-understand.
Q: Is the best-case scenario for Cubs a .500 record?
A: I think .500 is wishful thinking. The division is so good. We’re seeing the two leagues even out right now.
Whatever, Plesac. Shut up and stop talking about my team. Of course, the person who decided to get Dan Plesac’s thoughts on the Cubs is the Chicago Tribune’s David Haugh, who really needs to stick to writing about the Bears. You can read many more pearls of non-wisdom from Dan Plesac here. Seriously. I could have answered those questions with more insight.
I’m not sure why the Cubs need to name the starting rotation in February, but Dale Sveum is 80% of the way there, naming Scott Feldman (from across the hall), as the team’s number 4 starter:
MESA, Ariz. – Manager Dale Sveum said Thursday that competition for the Chicago Cubs’ rotation will be down to one spot, naming Scott Feldman as his No. 4 starter.
Scott Baker, rehabbing from elbow reconstruction surgery, appears likely to start the season on the disabled list.
Sveum said matter-of-factly. “There’s an above-average chance Baker is going to probably start just a little bit late, just because you don’t want to really rush him or anything. There’s no need for anything like that. You have (Matt) Garza, obviously (Jeff) Samardzija, (Edwin) Jackson and Feldman in those other spots. There’s no guarantee of any spots other than those top three, but we’ll just let it all pan out and see what happens.
Did everyone get that? Scott Feldman is the number 4 starter, unless Scott Baker comes back. In which case he’ll be the number 5 starter. But then again maybe not, because nothing is guaranteed other than spots 1-3, except for Scott Feldman in the 4 spot.
As Doc pointed out yesterday, Anthony Rizzo didn’t want Tony Campana on the team, either.
“I can think of teams in my head right away who could bring [Campana] in,” Rizzo said. “I think right now, our team isn’t a fit for him. We need more power than speed.”
Things learned today: Anthony Rizzo is smarter than 80% of Cubs fans.
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