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Cubs-O-Meter Reflects Swoon

Six straight losses, no Rizzo or Castro, nine runs given up in a Jake Arrieta start … ugh. It’s time to downgrade the Cubs-O-Meter to “I need a donut and a hug.”

The meter had been looking up. The Cubs were playing great, and Jorge Soler had followed Javier Baez’s exciting debut with a historic run after his call-up. There was talk, by me and others, that the Cubs were giving the league a look at the dangerous team they would be as soon as next season. The enthusiasm crested after a sweep of the Brewers.

Then the beer ran out in the middle of the party, and the liquor store was closed. The Cubbies were swept by the Pirates and Blue Jays. We must have had a little too much of that beer because the reasons for the sudden collapse were right there in front of our noses all the time, but we weren’t really paying attention.

You can’t take Anthony Rizzo, the team’s most consistent hitter all season, and Starlin Castro, in the midst of an All-Star campaign, out of the lineup and expect to keep mowing down opponents. You also can’t expect Arrieta, Kyle Hendricks and Tsuyoshi Wada to continue to look like Clayton Kershaw every start. They haven’t been bad at all, but they haven’t been as dominant and could have used some help from the offense in recent starts. That’s an offense without two major pieces, so what do we expect?

So it’s not really fair to downgrade the Cubs-O-Meter. This is to be expected with a super young team just getting its first taste of the big leagues. In the long term it’s all good.

But it still feels like crap. Expectations were elevated and now they’re deflated back to reality. I know it’s just temporary, just a hangover from the short-lived September party. I’ll get over it, and maybe we’ll party again before the end of the year. The Cubs still have games left against the Cardinals and Brewers.

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Jorge Soler Debut Lifts Cubs-O-Meter

The Cubs-O-Meter reflects how I’m feeling about the Cubbies at any given time. The name pays homage to the famous Shawon-O-Meter of Cubs days gone by.

How can the Cubs-O-Meter not be upgraded after Jorge Soler’s stunning debut?

This says it all:

That second home run was … ah … destroyed. It would have traveled another 100 feet if it hadn’t run into immovable objects in the bleachers. You can’t really hit a ball much harder that that. And these homers came against the Cardinals. Yes!

So the Cubs meter goes up to “I shaved and this is a new shirt,” but it’s a really nice shirt — how about a brand spankin’ new Soler Cubs jersey. Wish I could wear it at his home debut Monday. Wrigley should be hopping on a holiday with Soler, Baez and possibly the return of Anthony Rizzo from a bad back.

I think Soler has a chance to be the best of the bunch when we compare all of the Cubs young guns. His combination of bat speed, eye and overall balance at the plate is ridiculous. You can’t start off much better than .533/.563/1.267 in the first four games of a major league career.

Pitchers will make adjustments, but Soler appears to be more advanced than Javier Baez is in his approach at the plate. Baez’s swing is a rocket to the moon that when unleashed goes boom or bust spectacularly. Soler’s cut is more like a supersonic fighter plane that can adjust to conditions around it but still unleash lethal power.

That’s no knock on Baez. If he can get a better handle on the strike zone, he can be something special. What about the other Cubs youngsters? Rizzo has grown into an All-Star before our eyes — flashing a combo of power and average that is fun to watch. Starlin Castro has his detractors due to his mental lapses, but he just keeps getting hits. Kris Bryant has had a ridiculous season in the minors, so good in fact that the team doesn’t want to burn service time by calling him up. Like Baez, Arismendy Alcantara has shown flashes of brilliance while also struggling to adjust to major league pitching. But he’s young.

That’s the joke. They’re all young. Rizzo is the elder statesman at age 25.

And the nobody can put a ceiling on any of them yet. I have to let that sink in. We’re not talking about serviceable major leaguers. We’re saying that the Cubs have multiple potential superstars coming up. Wow.

If I was betting, I’d put my money on Soler to be the best of the best. It all puts a big smile on my face. Not as big as Soler’s though.

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Cubs-O-Meter: From Donuts To OK

The Cubs-O-Meter reflects how I’m feeling about the Cubbies at any given time. The name pays homage to the famous Shawon-O-Meter of Cubs days gone by.

This morning I set the Cubs-O-Meter to “I need a donut and a hug” because Edwin Jackson is so horrible. This tidbit sent me over the edge.

And then because the Cubs are a loving organization they put EJax on the DL with a severe case of suckitis. There is a Santa Clause! So I’m moving the meter up a notch to “I’m fine, really I’m fine.” You read that like you’re responding to your mom asking you if you are OK after you just lost the big game. Your annoyed and tough and about to cry at the same time.

As for Jackson, I know I write about how the losing helps draft position, but a loss like last night just leaves a hangover that lasts for a while. Jackson was horrible. That’s not even a strong enough adjective. How about pathetic, wretched, putrid. There we go.

In honor of pegging the meter to “I need a donut…” check out this Classic Jim Gaffigan clip.

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Son And I Seeing Cubs In Big Apple

The Cubs-O-Meter reflects how I’m feeling about the Cubbies at any given time. The name pays homage to the famous Shawon-O-Meter of Cubs days gone by.

Why wouldn’t the Cubs-O-Meter be looking good since I’m taking my 4-year-old boy to see our team play the Mets in New York?

He told me this morning he’s going to be wearing all blue to cheer on the Cubs.

So today is a big win, no matter what Jake Arrieta and the Cubs do today.

I’ll update the post tonight with results on the day, like Jack barfing from too much ice cream or something.

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Cubs-O-Meter Remains Positive

The Cubs-O-Meter reflects how I’m feeling about the Cubbies at any given time. The name pays homage to the famous Shawon-O-Meter of Cubs days gone by.

The meter is sticking in the comfortable “I shaved and this is a new shirt” region, but the shirt is really clean and fancy looking because I’m feeling good about the Cubbies.

Why? Jake Arrieta looked outstanding again today. What Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Javier Baez and others do for hope on the hitting side Arrieta is almost single-handedly doing on the pitching side. Not that the Cubs don’t have some decent pitching prospects, but this guy is pitching like an ace. How does a 2.11 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP sound alongside his 6-2 record?

I also love how the trade deadline played out for the Cubs. There’s got to be a misprint in what the Rays got for David Price. Pitcher Drew Smyly and infielder Nick Franklin? That’s it? The deal makes Theo and Jed look like geniuses for landing one of the top MLB prospects in Addison Russell when they traded Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the A’s.

The Cubs then received a solid catching prospect, Victor Caratini, from the Braves for journeyman infielder Emilio Bonifacio and reliever James Russell, who has been solid for Chicago but has a lot of mileage on that left arm.

Tom Loxas at Cubs Insider wrote a nice brief piece on the A’s being a blueprint for the Cubs.

I can picture sitting around reconstructing how the Cubs became the Cubs when they are mopping up the league in a couple of years. “Remember how Theo jumped the market and landed Russell? That was genius.”

Also feeding my Cubs enthusiasm is a nice nostalgia piece from Evan Altman of Cubs Insider that reminded me of watching baseball with my grandpa. Good stuff and maybe I’ll steal the idea and do a version of my own sometime.

Someone give me a sedative. I’m feeling a little too good right now about a franchise that trots out a 45-62 major league club. Whatever. Hope ain’t just a city in Alaska.

Where would you set your Cubs-O-Meter? Maybe you think I’m nuts and believe this is as bad as it gets. Let’s hear it. Leave a comment and/or tweet to #CubsOMeter.

You can reach us at Cubs Fan Therapy.

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Cubs-O-Meter Looking Up

The Cubs-O-Meter reflects how I’m feeling about the Cubbies at any given time. The name pays homage to the famous Shawon-O-Meter of Cubs days gone by.

Cubs-O-Meter going up to “I shaved and this is a new shirt,” which basically means I feel good enough for a night out on the town. I’m buying the first round.

How can I possibly turn the Cubs-O-Meter up a notch when the team is 17 games below .500? Good question.

The answer? I’ve got a good gut feeling about the Cubbies today. They beat the archenemy Cardinals yesterday. That helps.

But what really has me excited is the middle of the Iowa Cubs lineup. Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler … ahhhh. They even went a combined 2-for-10 with one RBI in a loss and I still feel great.

I can’t help imagining those guys surrounded by Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro. And while we’re at it, let’s throw in Addison Russell, who hit two homers yesterday.

I understand that some Cubs fans aren’t paying as much attention to what’s going on in the minors. They look at a 42-59 major league team that traded away its two best starters and they are disgusted. I hear ya. I do. My friends will tell you I’ve muttered “Cubs suck” in the past years more times than can be counted.

Not anymore. Well, yeah sometimes. But I am looking at the pipeline of players on the way and I am fired up.

And it’s always nice to beat the Cards.

Where would you set your Cubs-O-Meter? Maybe you think I’m nuts and believe this is as bad as it gets. Let’s hear it. Leave a comment and/or tweet to #CubsOMeter.

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