Answer to Lester’s Pick Off Problems Could Be Welington Castillo

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The book on Jon Lester has been written.  He hates throwing to first base.  Because of that, teams are more aggressive in their leads and they are much more willing to attempt steals against him.  Already this season Lester has allowed 13 stolen bases, after today’s game.  That is well Continue reading Answer to Lester’s Pick Off Problems Could Be Welington Castillo

NL Central Preview: 2nd Place Pittsburgh Pirates

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Manager: Clint Hurdle Projected Record: 88-74 While nobody was paying attention, the Pirates very suddenly became a veteran team. The once charming Bucs who finally broke through, had a winning record, and made the playoffs now has a wealth of experience to draw from.  Not to mention talent.  Although they’ve lost some Continue reading NL Central Preview: 2nd Place Pittsburgh Pirates

Lester is in Cubs Sights, but What if They Miss?

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Everyone knows that the Chicago Cubs really covet Jon Lester. They have not hid their desire to add a top of the rotation starter to their rotation which already boasts breakout pitcher Jake Arrieta and emerging potential talent like Kyle Hendricks. Before the 2014 season ended, everyone looked right at Continue reading Lester is in Cubs Sights, but What if They Miss?

Cubs Dodge a bullet on Martin Deal

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Well, you can count Russell Martin out of your future Chicago Cubs lineup, the Toronto Blue Jays signed him to a very expensive deal. Source: Martin deal with #BlueJays is five years, $82M. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 17, 2014 Before the deal was announced this morning though, as recent as Continue reading Cubs Dodge a bullet on Martin Deal

What is Russell Martin’s Leadership Worth?

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After the Detroit Tigers signed Victor Martinez to a four year deal worth $68 million, Russell Martin must have cracked a smile. A 36 year old catcher, who is now primarily a designated hitter just received a lucrative offer that is worth $17 Million a season. I have to believe Continue reading What is Russell Martin’s Leadership Worth?

Cubs Hot Stove: Russell Martin

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A few days ago I made my prediction as far as who I thought the top four free agent targets would be for the Chicago Cubs. One of those targets is now former Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Russell Martin. I felt more confident in my prediction when Buster Olney predicted the Continue reading Cubs Hot Stove: Russell Martin

If the Cubs Hire Maddon, All Bets Are Off

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With the World Series set to end tonight, unless Mother Nature decides to wreak havoc and delay tonight’s game, all eyes will turn to the Chicago Cubs and the developing situation with former Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon who resigned last Friday. According to the Chicago Suntimes, the situation Continue reading If the Cubs Hire Maddon, All Bets Are Off

Guarded Optimism for 2015

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Theo Epstein has been the President of Chicago Cubs Baseball Operations for the past three years, and Jed Hoyer has been his General Manager. In that time, the Cubs had a combined record of 180-286, which includes this years record of 73-89. They are 106 games under the .500 mark Continue reading Guarded Optimism for 2015

Catching Upgrades Will be Difficult for Cubs

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One of the popular topics of conversation in the Twitterverse has become upgrading the catcher position moving into 2015.  Without question, incumbent Welington Castillo has not had the type of season that we all would have liked, which is to say he has not emphatically made himself a core piece Continue reading Catching Upgrades Will be Difficult for Cubs

2014 NL Central Preview: 2nd Place – Pittsburgh Pirates

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The 2013 Pirates finally broke through and made the playoffs.  After flirting with contention through July in 2011 and 2012, that next step was critical in the development of the franchise, and Clint Hurdle‘s job security.  There is no reason to think the Pirates can’t duplicate their success in 2014 Continue reading 2014 NL Central Preview: 2nd Place – Pittsburgh Pirates