April 23, 2010

My actual thoughts on Z to the pen

Well, this still applies.

More seriously though, while this is a dumb, dumb, dumb move, I don't think we should read anything more into it than

  1. The Cubs starters have been pitching very well
  2. The Cubs failpen has been pitching like shit
  3. Z has the worst numbers of any of the starters *this year*

That's it. I don't think there's any secret punishment of Z running around the organization, nor is it a 'message' to the team, nor is Z injured. It's just a dumb decision based on small sample size.

While I recognize that having Z in the rotation will equal more wins, seeing a fired-up Z coming out of the bullpen should be pretty cool. He's still one of my favorite players, and coming out of the pen doesn't change that. Hats off to Z for being accomodating to this move and not bitching about it too.


dat cubfan daver said...

I like the Zen simplicity you're applying here. In fact, come to think of it, I would submit the following three-step process to dealing with the "Z to the Pen" decision: 1) State for the record that it's an illogical, ill-advised and straight-up desperate move, 2) Recognize that, as a fan, you can do nothing about it, and 3) Sit back and enjoy the show.