Some observations for the final week of a mostly disappointing season on the Northside and a slightly disappointing season on the Southside:
--It would have been nice to see what Cubs closer Carlos Marmol could have done with more opportunities. He has saved half of the Cubs' wins (36 saves of 72 wins) and has 16.9 strikeouts per nine innings for 133 strikeouts total. He has blown five saves, which is not bad at all, and if the Cubs had even a modest winning record, he could be pushing 45 saves and 150 strikeouts. Bodes well for next season.
--It's nice to know that Ozzie Guillen and Jerry Reinsdorf have healed the rift--at least for now--that caused speculation that Ozzie might leave. What's been left unsaid is whether the rift between Ozzie and GM Kenny Williams is fully healed. Oh, well, it will provide more fodder for when the MLB network airs re-runs of "The Club."
--Both Chicago teams appear to want Adam Dunn, but I think the Sox have better odds to land him if they move quickly while Cubs GM Jum Hendry is sorting out his self-made manager hiring mess.
--Having said that, I think the Cubs will have a new manager by Thanksgiving.
--My prediction for the most intriguing Sox position battle during spring training: Brent Morel vs. Dayan Viciedo for third base. Though, that could all change if Paul Konerko leaves town.