Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 6/22/12

In a week that saw the Cubs come close to claiming half of the BP Cup, many other things were happening. Is Dempster hurt or is Theo just keeping him healthy for the impending trade. Can LaHair really play the outfield? Is Soriano as quality of a person and player as he seems? What can the Cubs get for Garza?

All of these questions are swirling around the minds of Cubs fans, but the most discussed topic is that of a left-handed first baseman. When will he make his debut? Soon, folks, very, very soon.

• Randy Wells is really taking his opportunities to start very, very seriously.

• Geez, how bad can you be? Maybe he should go back to staying out until 4 am the night before a start. Something has to work, right?

• If Soriano is traded, I hope Cubs fans can forget the salary and remember the guy who always tried as hard as he could. It was not his fault someone offered him $136 million.

• Did he underperform? Without a friggin’ doubt in the world. I’m just saying. But he should look pretty attractive to an AL team in need of hitting; especially knowing the Cubs are going to eat most of the contract.

• Jae-Hoon Ha was selected for the Futures Game. That is a pretty darn big deal, and cool on him.

• Tony Campana leads the Majors with 24 stolen bases. When was the last time a Chicago Cub led the league in steals in late June?

• Seriously, I am asking because I have no idea. Ced Landrum couldn’t hit so it wasn’t him.

• DeJesus has struggled as of late, but his OBP is still 100 points higher than his batting average, and he is a quality outfielder who will be seeing plenty of time in center very soon.

• I have to say that this has been a good signing through the first three months of the season. So please, go and disagree away. I always love reading your thoughts.

• I have heard and read a lot of talk from people who truly believe Albert Almora won’t sign. I cannot fathom him not signing. I figured this would be a fu thing for us and something to track until the deadline.

• Is Demp hurt or is McThoyer taking injury out of the equation during trade talks? Personally, I think it is the latter.

• If that injury helped him pitch the way he did the last three starts, then, um, he should always have that injury.

• On August 1st, are Matt Garza, Ryan Dempster and Alfonso Soriano all gone? Or does anyone stay? Personally, I think they are all headed elsewhere. If anyone stays, it’s Garza, but teams get so desperate, they give up too much.

• And the Cubs need to pounce on “too much.”

• Speaking of Garza, props where props are due, Chris Archer had a great MLB debut last night. Again, good on him.

• Also remember, Jeff Pico pitched a 4-hit shutout for his MLB Debut.

• There is a long way to go until that trade can be fully vetted.

• Castro is tied for 5th in MLB with 86 hits. Boy, does he hack at it, but no reason to change his approach now. It is truly fun to watch.

• Two out of three from the Pale Hose was entertaining, but staving off 100 losses is going to be tough. Here’s hoping they can right the ship enough to keep it in the 90s.

As the impending and rumored arrival of Anthony Rizzo swirls around, I implore you to keep an open mind. The kid has the talent, let’s just hope he can put it all together in the next 12 months. I hope all are well. I hope someone takes me up on the Malnati’s and I hope the Cubs win two of next three.

Here’s to the weekend.

And until next time …

Stay Classy Cubs Fans!!

Brian McCabe
@BrianMcCabeOG

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