Xoomwaffle of Another Cubs Blog recently took a hardy look into Why the Cubs Aren't Contenders. I felt like he compiled some excellent research and discussed it very well. However, I wanted to expand on the demonstration and offer visuals to help present the chasms between the ever-pitching heavy Cubs and the playoffers.
Our one strength is pitching!!! The Cubs have officially become That Guy who always and only works out his biceps. The arms are great, but the beer bellies and twig legs will be an eyesore as they slowly slosh around the bags.Why add Matt Garza just to trade away Tom Gorzelanny? Of course, the Cubs and Hendry may have inside knowledge about Gorzo -- perhaps an injury concern or something -- but the 2011 Cubs appear to have suffered a net loss from the trade. Even if we extrapolate to 2012 and 2013, Gorza is cheaper than Garza, and likely offers a similar quality of play.