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Cubs Collapse Continues

By Garrett Monaghan

The Cubbies continued their late-season implosion yesterday, wasting a good start by Carlos Zambrano and stranding a small village on the basepaths en-route to a 6-2 loss to the hapless Mets. With the loss, the Cubs fell to seven games out of the Wild Card race, and are one more step closer to mathematical elimination from the playoff race.

The best news the Cubs got Friday was that Alfonso Soriano will be out indefinitely with a recurring and slightly mysterious knee injury. I've yet to hear a good explanation of what's wrong with Soriano's knee, other than that its sore and requires cortisone but whatever the case is, its good news for the Cubs. Sam Fuld and Jake Fox could both use regular time in left and between them, they'll produce more than Soriano could from here on out. The only real question for the Cubs regarding Soriano is whether he'll be healthy enough to try and deal in the off-season. Unless Omar Minaya somehow keeps his job with the Mets, I'm not sure there's another general manager in the game dumb enough to take Soriano off the Cubs' hands, but you never know.

Sam Fuld and Jake Fox have shown that they deserve substantially more playing time than they've gotten this year; and if the Cubs can dump Soriano and/or Bradley in the off-season, it wouldn't surprise me to see one or both of them starting next year.

Between the ownership change and the underperformance of most of their biggest stars, the Cubs are going to be in for an interesting off-season. Personally, I think it's about time to clean house and try to rebuild the franchise. In addition to trying to deal Soriano and Bradley, I'd be actively shopping Zambrano, Lee, and Dempster and trying to land a bundle of prospects. The latest "play to win now" effort by Hendry has clearly been a dismal failure, and it's time to find a new direction for the team.

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