The Slow Road to 162

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I don’t think there’s really anyone to blame for the terrible weather that’s been causing games to be postponed lately.  Maybe we could blame humanity in general for messing with the climate and potentially causing much more rain and snow than we normally would see around this time. But honestly, Continue reading The Slow Road to 162

Cactus League Ends, Cubs Roster Takes Shape

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Kyle Hendricks got in some work in the final Cubs Cactus League game before they play the Red Sox in Florida for a couple extra tuneup games prior to Thursday’s Opening Day contest against the Marlins.  I assume he was just working on some nibbling, as he issued his first Continue reading Cactus League Ends, Cubs Roster Takes Shape

Dreamcast 36: Hubris

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Rice and Andy talk about the king of the hill after we discussed the also-rans last time around. Rotation thoughts, including a discussion on how the Cubs might set a hybrid rotation; The bullpen’s potential; The offense being awesome; A brief talk about the Cubs’ South Side brethren, and a Continue reading Dreamcast 36: Hubris

Cubs Pitching Outlook For 2018 (So Far)

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In between the very impressive showing by the Chicago Cubs rotation and their bullpen brethren so far, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have built an enviable pitching staff with depth and redundancies across levels.  We have already seen guys like Mike Montgomery and Eddie Butler get extended outings in games Continue reading Cubs Pitching Outlook For 2018 (So Far)

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

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

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