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June 18, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza (22) pitches against the Chicago White Sox in the first inning at U.S. Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
But I digress…
Earlier this month we asked you the question: Have the Cubs done enough to solve the pitching problem?
The answers have flooded in with 476 total respondents and here’s how the results break down.
In first place, with a whopping 49% of the vote was “No – the Cubs cannot rely on a flurry of pitchers who are recovering from injury.” Second overall was “Yes – The Cubs have made good, long term oriented decisions” with 38% of the total vote. Third was “Unsure – I need to do more research” with a modest 13% of the vote.
I have to say, I’m quite shocked at these results. Firstly, 13% of you were honest enough to admit you didn’t know enough about the situation to make a rational decision on how to vote. Pretty admirable of you 13%ers, so you get my personal kudos for accepting that self improvement is never a bad thing.
I thought this poll would be much closer of a race, but it seems that the vast majority of fans do not like banking on guys who are recovering from Tommy John surgery. This is understandable but the Edwin Jackson signing helps pad some of that potential damage, and most of the newly signed arms (Scott Baker, Scott Feldman for example) do seem to be in good health despite their surgeries. Does this change your opinions on the situation? Likely not, but it’s my job to plug my two cents in.
I understand the desire for healthy talent. I really do; but you just couldn’t beat the price of these guys and the way the pitching market was inflated (Zack Greinke‘s contract for example,) it seemed that buying up potential upside guys with some associated risk was the wise move overall.
It was either that or get hitched long term on massive costs for a relatively small crop of pitchers. Buying up free agent talent seems like something the Cubs will do once the hunt for the World Series is a year or so away. It’s all about timing, and the timing just didn’t feel right.
If you’re wondering, yes I voted in my own poll. I voted that the Cubs made good choices in procuring these arms. You can voice your displeasure in the comments section below.
However this is America, damnit. The voice of the people must be heard and heard you shall be. I’m sure Theo checks the site every day and probably tried to vote 2 or 3 times, minimum.
The next Cubbies Crib poll will be focued on prospects, and you should probably go check it out and cast your vote.
I certainly will be.