A video made by actual humans, believe it or not
Just in case anyone was experiencing a shortage of reasons to laugh at ESPN, here is a segment posted yesterday in which Mark Mulder and Manny Acta have some hilariously oblivious things to say about the strengths and weaknesses of the Cubs. It goes… a little something… like this:
Mulder: To turn things around you have to have a true #1, and right now Samardzija’s turning into that. After him there’s still a lot of question marks. Edwin Jackson signed for quite a few more years – he’s struggling so far this year. But like I said, to be able to have that #1 go out there and set that tone – Samardzija’s turned into a big strikeout guy, finding his way to go deep into games, doing some good things for the Cubs. So it’s a step in the right direction as far as pitching.
Acta: I just think they still have a way to go in terms of their offense. They need some power from the corners, in right field, third base. They’re ok with Rizzo at first base. Soriano in left probably won’t be there too much longer, and I think that at the end of the day, Castro and Rizzo are probably going to be the guys who are going to stick around. They need some guys to come up from the minor leagues – guys like Josh Vitters that they’ve been waiting for a while…
Got that? The Cubs starting pitching has been good because Jeff Samardzija is going deep into games, not because the ERAs in the 3-4-5 spots max out at Villanueva’s 3.02. And the offense is not generating enough power (never mind the .170 ISO, third in the NL behind only the Rockies and Braves) and would benefit from replacing Luis Valbuena and his .870 OPS with, um, Josh Vitters (!). Yep.
Without the EJ reference I would have seriously assumed they posted a year-old video by accident.