Farewell to Jake Arrieta, Forever a Cubs World Series Champion (UPDATES: Contract Details)

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We have to say a sad and partly painful goodbye to a superb former Chicago Cubs player soon: Breaking: Phillies are moving close to a deal with Jake Arrieta — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 11, 2018 Terms of arrieta, phillies deal are unknown. will be multiyear obvs. @BNightengale called phils Continue reading Farewell to Jake Arrieta, Forever a Cubs World Series Champion (UPDATES: Contract Details)

One Year Deals and Cubs on the Bubble

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Spring training is about halfway over now, and the Chicago Cubs made their first cuts the other day: The #Cubs today made the following roster moves: pic.twitter.com/502eiUyY2u — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) March 9, 2018 The cuts made sense since none of those guys were going to make the predicted roster Continue reading One Year Deals and Cubs on the Bubble

Jon Lester’s Passing Game

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I wish that more games were televised in the spring and that we could see more highlights, especially when most of the spring training exhibition games are during the time when most of us are at work.  Thankfully, some of the opponents do have spring broadcasts and we are able Continue reading Jon Lester’s Passing Game

Make Those Mound Visits Count!

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There have only been a couple of Cactus League games so far, and the broadcasters and media haven’t made too much of it lately, but we know that MLB is big on pace of play this year.  Among the biggest rule changes to expect in 2018 is the limit on Continue reading Make Those Mound Visits Count!

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

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