Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Colvin...this is not a surprise

Let me interrupt your night long celebration of Aramis Ramirez's walk-off 11th inning homer to talk about a much more serious subject.

As I have reviewed the events from over the weekend, I discovered that Lou Piniella had a bit of a tiff with the press before the game on Sunday.  What sparked it?  Well, someone questioned Lou on whether or not Tyler Colvin should be at Iowa playing everyday instead of primarily sitting on the bench in the big leagues. Lou got a bit upset.  But that question is legit.

Colvin has spent too much time in here.

This was exactly what I feared would happen.  There isn't a spot on this team for Colvin right now.  Fukudome and Nady have right field taken care off (in fact, Nady needs to get more at-bats out there, I believe).  Byrd and Soriano are the two best players on the team so far this season, and taking them out of the lineup for any reason right now just seems like a bad idea.

This a reduced Colvin's role to being a defensive substituted for Soriano in the ninth inning of a close game.

Not good enough, dammit!

I said repeatedly that this team needed an outfielder as a defensive replacement...that player is Sam Fuld.  Yes, he can't hit a lick...but all we need him to do is to dive into walls making great catches (and even routine catches) right now.

Send Colvin to Iowa and let him play everyday.  Please?

If this team gets back into the race for the division title, it's not going to be because Colvin is on this team.  The Cubs will get back into the playoff chase only if Lee and Ramirez start to hit.  It's as simple as that.

It's either that, or the kid needs to start to learn how to play first base.