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rcal10
04-18-2010, 11:25 AM
It is early, but in my opinion there has been more positive answers to early season questions then negative. I realize the Cubs are only 5-6 at this point, but so far the second base platoon has been pretty productive. The starting staff has been good, including Silva (who was and still is a huge question mark). Contrary to what many feel about Soriano, he is not doing badly with the bat. He looks healthy and is running better than he did anytime last year. Soto is also off to a decent start. Last I looked his OBP was over .400. Marmol has done very well in his new role.The bullpen has not performed yet, but I feel they will get that in order as the season goes on. If the Cubs question marks continue to perform positively, I see no reason this team will not win 90 games. All I heard about during the off season was needing production from Soto, Soriano and whoever played second. So far, so good. I also heard a lot of questions about the staff, especially with Lilly out (which some said would be until late May). Again, so far, so good. Finally the bullpen. Well, 2 out of 3 is pretty good, and like I said, I think that will straighten itself out. IMO the guys are there that can do the job. It is Lou's job to find the right places for them. What are your thoughts?

scrubs101
04-18-2010, 11:39 AM
I think they're looking pretty good. Defense and bullpen could tighten up a little bit, but nothing to freak out about. If the starters keep putting this team in a position to win, I like our chances to compete with the Cards. Aramis will catch fire pretty soon, Byrd doesn't really heat up until June. If the team stays fairly healthy, they'll be fine.

Swashcuff
04-18-2010, 11:39 AM
It is early, but in my opinion there has been more positive answers to early season questions then negative.

For some reason I just feel as if we are going to get on our two feet and really go off on a tear in the NL this season. I agree with you completely. I think all the guys will get it together somehow and really make this a good season. I even expect Shark and Soto to find themselves and really have productive seasons. Our pen probably needs a little tweeking since we ARE going to be in the mix for the long haul.

Yagyu+
04-18-2010, 11:55 AM
Bullpen Options:

C. Marmol (CL) - Yes
S. Marshall - Yes
J. Grabow - No
J. Samardzija - No
J. Berg - Maybe
J. Russell - Maybe
J. Grey - Maybe
E. Caridad - Maybe
T. Gorzelanny / C. Silva - Maybe

It's the current hand we're dealt, but it's not one that will just 'straighten itself out.'

Str1fe5
04-18-2010, 12:25 PM
Eh, Soriano and the bullpen have been disappointments so far; the 2nd base platoon, Soto, Gorzo, Silva, Lilly's health, and Marmol have all been positives. Byrd has been a mixed bag, as have Fukudome and Zambrano.

All adds up to about a .500 team.

Randall Simon
04-18-2010, 01:27 PM
Unfortunately, we are performing about as I expected this team to...500ish. Our starters are fine, nothing great, our offense is fine, nothing great & our pen is below average. All adds up to a 75-80 win team. IMO this team needs a breakout year from someone with the bat & someone on the mound to compete with StL. The Cards by the way should easily win 90+ & if you honestly see this team winning the same, you need your eyes examined.
As presently constructed this is an 85 win team at best. I hope I'm wrong!

Mell413
04-18-2010, 01:41 PM
I would have liked to have gotten off to a better start. I think they have had the lead in all but one game thus far. Soriano has been hitting better lately. The bullpen has been a bit of a disappointment so far, but I think it's fixable. Marmol has been fine. We have some good lefty specialists on the team. If they can just find someone to step up in the 8th inning role it should be fine. It could be Marshall at this point.

Byrd and Aramis have been disappointments thus far, but they have enough of a track record that I'm not too concerned yet. I'm not saying they will beat STL, but STL is not unbeatable. Outside of Pujols and Holliday there lineup is pretty ordinary offensively. Ryan Franklin has had his struggles as well. I think the Cubs can give the Cardinals a run for their money.

duce5858
04-18-2010, 01:56 PM
Bullpen Options:

C. Marmol (CL) - Yes
S. Marshall - Yes
J. Grabow - No
J. Samardzija - No
J. Berg - Maybe
J. Russell - Maybe
J. Grey - Maybe
E. Caridad - Maybe
T. Gorzelanny / C. Silva - Maybe

It's the current hand we're dealt, but it's not one that will just 'straighten itself out.'

I would make Marshall the 8th inning guy and keep Russell as the lefty specialist....

Yagyu+
04-18-2010, 02:45 PM
I would make Marshall the 8th inning guy and keep Russell as the lefty specialist....

I don't know. Does that make Gorzelanny/Silva the long man?

Jilly Bohnson
04-18-2010, 03:46 PM
The only thing that has been concerning so far has been right handed relief by people not named Marmol.

BDawk4Prez
04-19-2010, 10:36 AM
The only thing that has been concerning so far has been right handed relief by people not named Marmol.

This x 4 +7 / 2 -3

Matchstckman
04-19-2010, 10:45 AM
This x 4 +7 / 2 -3

So this times 2.5?

BDawk4Prez
04-19-2010, 10:46 AM
So this times 2.5?

duh? :)

poodski
04-19-2010, 11:09 AM
So this times 2.5?

I havent done math in a while, but i feel thats wrong.

cowboydoc45
04-19-2010, 11:19 AM
I havent done math in a while, but i feel thats wrong.

If you follow actual math rules, it would be 4.5... if you do it linear, it would be 2.5.

Jilly Bohnson
04-19-2010, 01:13 PM
If you follow actual math rules, it would be 4.5... if you do it linear, it would be 2.5.

Yeah, Bdawk apparently doesn't remember order of operations :pity:

BDawk4Prez
04-19-2010, 01:49 PM
If you follow actual math rules, it would be 4.5... if you do it linear, it would be 2.5.


Yeah, Bdawk apparently doesn't remember order of operations :pity:

Actuall, both of you are wrong.

The equation would look like this:

1(this)(4) + 7
____________
2-3

4+7
___
-1

11
___
-1

-11 would be the answer.

Jilly Bohnson
04-19-2010, 01:56 PM
Actuall, both of you are wrong.

The equation would look like this:

1(this)(4) + 7
____________
2-3

4+7
___
-1

11
___
-1

-11 would be the answer.

:pity:

Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally

Parentheses Exponents Multiplication Division Addition Subtraction

So by combining terms, you have (this)*4, 7/2, and -3. Add those together and you have 4.5. Maybe if you wouldn't have been so lazy and included some damn parentheses you would've been better off. :facepalm:

poodski
04-19-2010, 02:01 PM
4.5 is definitely the right answer.

socherball
04-19-2010, 02:05 PM
The problem is, this is the weak part of the Cubs schedule. The fact that they are 5-7 concerns me greatly. I understand it is early, and that people like Ramirez will heat up eventually. However, this was the time of the year the Cubs were supposed to make hay. The idea was to jump out quickly since the schedule was weak, and then have some games in your back pocket when the schedule toughens up. That isn't happening.

Like the old saying goes, pennants aren't won in April - but they can be lost. Again, I know its early, but forgive me if I'm not seeing the glass half-full here. I was hoping the Cubs got out of their first 30 games with at least a 19-11, 18-12 record since the schedule was weak. I figured that would give them a minimum cushion to get into the meat of their schedule. To reach that now, they'd have to go 13-5 over their next 18. Highly unlikely.

So while some of your are getting more optimistic due to individual performances and numbers, I'm getting more pessimistic due to the one number that counts - WINS (or lackthereof in this case).

cowboydoc45
04-19-2010, 02:43 PM
The problem is, this is the weak part of the Cubs schedule. The fact that they are 5-7 concerns me greatly. I understand it is early, and that people like Ramirez will heat up eventually. However, this was the time of the year the Cubs were supposed to make hay. The idea was to jump out quickly since the schedule was weak, and then have some games in your back pocket when the schedule toughens up. That isn't happening.

Like the old saying goes, pennants aren't won in April - but they can be lost. Again, I know its early, but forgive me if I'm not seeing the glass half-full here. I was hoping the Cubs got out of their first 30 games with at least a 19-11, 18-12 record since the schedule was weak. I figured that would give them a minimum cushion to get into the meat of their schedule. To reach that now, they'd have to go 13-5 over their next 18. Highly unlikely.

So while some of your are getting more optimistic due to individual performances and numbers, I'm getting more pessimistic due to the one number that counts - WINS (or lackthereof in this case).

It won't be easy, but we should win the series against the Mets, and possibly sweep the Nationals and Pirates. The big question marks are going to be Arizona and Milwakee.

BDawk4Prez
04-19-2010, 02:49 PM
:pity:

Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally

Parentheses Exponents Multiplication Division Addition Subtraction

So by combining terms, you have (this)*4, 7/2, and -3. Add those together and you have 4.5. Maybe if you wouldn't have been so lazy and included some damn parentheses you would've been better off. :facepalm:

Only if you are solving it in it's linear fashion. My solution is correct as well.


4.5 is definitely the right answer.

half right.

Jilly Bohnson
04-19-2010, 02:54 PM
Only if you are solving it in it's linear fashion. My solution is correct as well.



half right.

Unless you're using Base 6 or some other voodoo the answer is pretty clearly 4.5.

The important note here is that your wife should never let you help your kids with their math homework :laugh2: Make sure you show her this thread.

BDawk4Prez
04-19-2010, 02:56 PM
Unless you're using Base 6 or some other voodoo the answer is pretty clearly 4.5.

The important note here is that your wife should never let you help your kids with their math homework :laugh2: Make sure you show her this thread.

Straight A's in math, tutor for the school district, math genius (self proclaimed).

the line for the division clearly indicates that the items to the right of it must go below the division line. By doing so, you will have a total from the top and the bottom.

What is so hard to understand?

cowboydoc45
04-19-2010, 02:57 PM
Unless you're using Base 6 or some other voodoo the answer is pretty clearly 4.5.

The important note here is that your wife should never let you help your kids with their math homework :laugh2: Make sure you show her this thread.

Lets just all agree that the answer is really and honestly 42 and be done with it...

BDawk4Prez
04-19-2010, 02:58 PM
This x 4 +7 / 2 -3 would be written:

1(4)+7
-------
2-3

4+7
-----
-1

11
----
-1

-11

BDawk4Prez
04-19-2010, 02:59 PM
I win.

cowboydoc45
04-19-2010, 03:00 PM
Straight A's in math, tutor for the school district, math genius (self proclaimed).

the line for the division clearly indicates that the items to the right of it must go below the division line. By doing so, you will have a total from the top and the bottom.

What is so hard to understand?

we use parenthasis () to ensure that happens in my line of work. When I see that I just assume that the division sign is a division sign... (but the answer is still 42)

giventofly
04-19-2010, 03:01 PM
Wow, you guys are so stupid.

This thread is gonna get closed unless I see BDawk's "Wife Swap" appearance.

cowboydoc45
04-19-2010, 03:02 PM
Wow, you guys are so stupid.

This thread is gonna get closed unless I see BDawk's "Wife Swap" appearance.

:facepalm: (so glad they put that in the box of commonly used smilies)

Jilly Bohnson
04-19-2010, 03:02 PM
Straight A's in math, tutor for the school district, math genius (self proclaimed).

the line for the division clearly indicates that the items to the right of it must go below the division line. By doing so, you will have a total from the top and the bottom.

What is so hard to understand?

I'm just going to say, go type what you typed into a calculator or computer and see what pops out, :D

cowboydoc45
04-19-2010, 03:03 PM
I'm just going to say, go type what you typed into a calculator or computer and see what pops out, :D

It better say "42"...

BDawk4Prez
04-19-2010, 03:03 PM
I'm just going to say, go type what you typed into a calculator or computer and see what pops out, :D

Are you still debating that the answer I gave is incorrect?

:sigh:

Kids these days.

BDawk4Prez
04-19-2010, 03:04 PM
It better say "42"...

If by 42 you mean -11, then yes, you are correct.

BDawk4Prez
04-19-2010, 03:05 PM
Heading over to General discussions and asking the rest of the pSD community.

Will report results later.

Jilly Bohnson
04-19-2010, 03:06 PM
It better say "42"...

I'm still not sure how you're getting that, although with you I'm inclined to believe I'm the one missing something.


Are you still debating that the answer I gave is incorrect?

:sigh:

Kids these days.

Yes, kids these days actually point out when their elders are wrong :D

giventofly
04-19-2010, 03:06 PM
Heading over to General discussions and asking the rest of the pSD community.

Will report results later.
You need to head over to Wife Swap.

You can't honestly expect me to keep this open without it, can you?

BDawk4Prez
04-19-2010, 03:07 PM
I'm still not sure how you're getting that, although with you I'm inclined to believe I'm the one missing something.



Yes, kids these days actually point out when their elders are wrong :D

JB, I can't be any more clear. The answer is indeed, the way the peoblen is written, -11.

Jilly Bohnson
04-19-2010, 03:08 PM
JB, I can't be any more clear. The answer is indeed, the way the peoblen is written, -11.

False. You wrote it out differently than you have it in your head. When you format it correctly, then yes it's -11. You did not however.

BDawk4Prez
04-19-2010, 03:09 PM
False. You wrote it out differently than you have it in your head. When you format it correctly, then yes it's -11. You did not however.

Get out of my head!!!!

Jilly Bohnson
04-19-2010, 03:13 PM
Okay, here's how you see it:

1(4)+7
-------
2-3

Which does in fact equal -11. But, here's what "This x 4 +7 / 2 -3" would actually be written as:

1(4) + 7 - 3
aaaBa 2

Which equals 4.5

cowboydoc45
04-19-2010, 03:15 PM
I'm still not sure how you're getting that, although with you I'm inclined to believe I'm the one missing something.



Yes, kids these days actually point out when their elders are wrong :D

42 is the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything

BDawk4Prez
04-19-2010, 03:28 PM
Okay, here's how you see it:

1(4)+7
-------
2-3

Which does in fact equal -11. But, here's what "This x 4 +7 / 2 -3" would actually be written as:

1(4) + 7 - 3
aaaBa 2

Which equals 4.5

We have too much time on our hands.

Milnertime
04-19-2010, 03:34 PM
Hmm. Math fight.



OK.

Jilly Bohnson
04-19-2010, 06:38 PM
42 is the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything

I'm a 23 guy personally.


We have too much time on our hands.

Most definitely.


Hmm. Math fight.



OK.

Dude, I have a midterm Wednesday on my Proof-Writing class, I'm all amped up for Math fights right now. Don't even get me started on that .9999=1 bull****...