Risk, Reward, and Regret

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After a crummy first half, we talked on the Dreamcast about how the Chicago Cubs might go about turning their season around to win the division as most of us thought they would this year.  I think most of us figured that the Cubs had a lot of position player Continue reading Risk, Reward, and Regret

2017 Division Preview: 4th Place Milwaukee Brewers

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  The other rebuilding club in the NL Central is quite a bit further along than the Reds.  Make no mistake, the Brewers will not be contenders this season.  But they’re going to be a tough opponent as they continue to build their suddenly deep farm system and call up Continue reading 2017 Division Preview: 4th Place Milwaukee Brewers

2016 Division Preview: 4th Place Milwaukee Brewers

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  Last year at this time, the Brewers were entering the season with some optimism that their extended run in 1st place in 2014 could be carried into a full season run in 2015.  Those hopes were given a quick and bloody death, as the Brewers fell out of the Continue reading 2016 Division Preview: 4th Place Milwaukee Brewers

Down on the Farm: Cubs System Ripe With Arms

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Since Theo Epstein has run the Cubs’ baseball operation, the strategy has been to target high upside hitting prospects in the draft.  As year four winds down, that strategy seems to be paying off.  Kris Bryant leads the National League in fWAR.  Addison Russell (1.5) and Kyle Schwarber (1.4) are Continue reading Down on the Farm: Cubs System Ripe With Arms

Corey Black Adds to List of Power Arms for Cubs Bullpen

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Early in this major league season, the Cubs have had some issues with injuries in the bullpen.  Justin Grimm and Neil Ramirez are both on the shelf, which has caused overuse of the reliable Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon.  It’s led to increased use of players like Brian Schlitter.  And Continue reading Corey Black Adds to List of Power Arms for Cubs Bullpen

After the Top Prospects, McKinney Goes Unnoticed

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Since Theo Epstein took over the Cubs in October of 2011, the Cubs have been stockpiling assets at a startling rate.  All of it was part of building a healthy organization, starting with foundation pieces in the minor league system, working up through the major league club.  After all of Continue reading After the Top Prospects, McKinney Goes Unnoticed

NL Central Preview: 4th Place Milwaukee Brewers

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Manager: Ron Roenicke Projected Record: 78-84 It was tempting to copy and paste last year’s preview on this page with updates to the roster and call it a day.  The Brewers are still a team with some obvious strengths, some not so obvious weaknesses, and some things that need to break Continue reading NL Central Preview: 4th Place Milwaukee Brewers

Garza’s Arm Cannot Cash a Check His Mouth Wrote

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We all know what happened with Matt Garza. After a failed contract negotiation (which might have only been for show), the Chicago Cubs traded Garza to the Texas Rangers for Mike Olt, Neil Ramirez, C.J. Edwards and Justin Grimm. After a failed playoff run, Garza hit free agency and eventually Continue reading Garza’s Arm Cannot Cash a Check His Mouth Wrote

The Shark List: Ranking the Potential Landing Spots

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As we move into June, and past the amateur draft next week, trade winds are going to start blowing just a bit harder than they have been over the first two months of the season.  With so few teams being “out of it” with the addition of the second wild Continue reading The Shark List: Ranking the Potential Landing Spots

2014 NL Central Preview: 4th Place – Milwaukee Brewers

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The Brewers are interesting.  They are a team who, much like the 2011 Cubs, thinks they can compete this season for a playoff spot.  They’re delusional.  They are better than they were last season, but they are not better than the Cardinals, Reds, or Pirates in the division.  They have Continue reading 2014 NL Central Preview: 4th Place – Milwaukee Brewers