Some Actual Baseball Will Happen Soon

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I am jealous of the people who got to time their lunch break for Thursday afternoon’s Chicago Cubs promotion: Thanks to everybody who came to #PitchIn to win tickets! Single game tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. CST. https://t.co/OtywQtyFFN #EverybodyIn pic.twitter.com/8VYPd4xZGB — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) February 22, 2018 Continue reading Some Actual Baseball Will Happen Soon

Move It Along

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It wasn’t long ago that we talked about how the Chicago Cubs could set up their rotation and taxi squad of relievers.  On Monday, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced that there would be pace of play rules changes for 2018, just in time for spring training exhibition games to work Continue reading Move It Along

Setting the Cubs Rotation

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I wrote this just before watching Black Panther, which was very very good.  The movie, that is…I have no idea what you think of what I wrote, but I thought my ideas were well-conceived given what we know of the current roster and in-house options.  I did start a spreadsheet Continue reading Setting the Cubs Rotation

The Cubs’ Rotation Lends Itself to Some Creative Maneuvering

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Earlier, I was able to look at the pre-spring training roster and the reliever depth chart for the 2018 Chicago Cubs. I probably came to the same conclusion most of you did, in that the Cubs were pretty much set at every roster spot, and that they had plenty of Continue reading The Cubs’ Rotation Lends Itself to Some Creative Maneuvering

The New Taxi Squad

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The roster is pretty much set before spring training even starts, and it almost seems like the whole of February and March is just a formality.  Barring health and performance issues, the only thing to really watch is how the rotation lines up, how at-bats are distributed, and how the Continue reading The New Taxi Squad

The War of Public Opinion

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Hey hey, spring training has begun, and that means we were eventually going to hear from Commissioner Rob Manfred about the state of baseball as camps ramp up.  Enter Bob Nightengale, who is good for getting quotes from these big conferences when he’s not being dead wrong about transactions: Commissioner Continue reading The War of Public Opinion

Spring Time, Tragedy, and Optimism

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Now that Yu Darvish is officially a Chicago Cubs starting pitcher, just in the nick of time when pitchers and catchers were to report to camp, we can look at the roster with a bit more affirmation that this iteration of the Cubs will be pretty darned good.  It’s appropriate, Continue reading Spring Time, Tragedy, and Optimism

Cubs Spring Training Finally Arrives

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With the Yu Darvish signing just getting in under the wire (hopefully official soon), we find ourselves mere hours away from the magical time when pitchers and catchers officially report to camp. Some of the players already have shown up in Mesa: https://twitter.com/Cubs/status/963166571307962368 MLB report dates have been known for Continue reading Cubs Spring Training Finally Arrives

Pre-Spring Training Chicago Cubs Roster Check

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Hey hey, if you missed the news, the Chicago Cubs reportedly signed one Yu Darvish, and we talked about the ramifications on the latest Dreamcast. Suffice it to say that we are very excited about this, and that means the roster makeup as we head into spring training has changed Continue reading Pre-Spring Training Chicago Cubs Roster Check

Dreamcast 33: Yu Got What I Need

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The Chicago Cubs finally decided to (reportedly, anyway) sign Yu Darvish, so friend of the blog Dabynsky joined WSD to talk shop… How Yu makes the Cubs better The Cubs roster right before pitchers and catchers report Free agency freeze, MLBPA snafus, and the future of baseball Follow us: Anno  Continue reading Dreamcast 33: Yu Got What I Need