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I haven't seen....
….any Cubs action this year except for highlight replays here and on ESPN. To me, and tell me if I’m wrong, but Rivas appears to have better foot speed than Rizzo or any other first baseman the Cubs have had since Brant Brown. I can see him starting in LF just to keep his and Schwindel’s bats in the lineup. I can’t wait til Davis is ready to take over CF. These young guys coming up all seem to go to bat with a plan….get the bat on the ball. Unlike the Baezs of the world, who swing at any pitch that’s in the ballpark. If Alcantara can hit respectably, there’s no reason he can’t be the utility IF they’ll need to spell Madrigal and Hoerner. Love all these guys.
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I am surprised the Cubs bullpen keep giving p so many runs. Especially with Rodriguez and Effross and Heuer. Really don’t understand why Rodriguez keeps getting lit up. I agree about Brothers, and am very sad about Maples. He’s got great stuff. He’ll be one of those guys where the light finally goes on in 2 or 3 years, when he’s been labeled a "journeyman" Maybe next year one of the FAs we sign will have to be a reliever.
Maybe I was wrong about Davis
I said they might bring him up in June next year. If he keeps this up, he may start the year with the Cubs in 2022. I was always impressed with him, but holy crap….
…had 3 very good years with the Cubs, and his batting averages were funny. First year, .266. Next years, .288 with 48 HRs. Last year, ,277. I always thought that was interesting. If Wisdom could hit .266 i’d be thrilled.
I keep Hermosillo and Chirinos. Chirinos is as good as anybody they’re likely to find to spell Contreras. I like Hermosillo and can’t ignore his minor league numbers, as well as his good soeed, good arm, and good defense, and the homer in Wrigley he hit was a moonshot. I have to see more of him in the majors before I let him go.
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I love that Rivas. He doesn’t get cheated if they groove one. He hits line drives all over the place, but still knows how to reach out and slap an outside pitch down the left field line. I wish Heyward could hit like that.
If Wisdom could stay around .250 with his power and glove, he’s fine at 3B.
Schwindel continues to rake. Ortega has fallen off a little but is still a threat when he bats. Contreras is Contreras…agree he doesn’t look right and I also think he’s had a few injuries, although not bad ones, that have left him about 75%.
I worry about Hoerner’s health, but otherwise I’ll take a .300 hitter at SS. Madrigal will be a very nice addition.
Can’t figure out Happ, but he has too much talent to throw him away. Maybe he figured out a flaw in his swing or batting stance, but for the last month nobody’s been fooling him.
If Davis continues to play like he has at AA, I can see him in CF at Wrigley by June of 2022.
The bullpen is mainly strong, even very strong, especially if Rodriguez can be more consistent. Sampson has surprised me. I didn’t expect him to be very good. Steele will be fine. Keegan Thompson can be a long relief man if he can’t get better at starting…he was superb in the pen.
The Cubs need a couple starters. Not sure if they can sign FAs there or make a trade, and not sure WHO they’d trade to get one. But things are looking up for next year, in my opinion.
I am certain the Cubs see Davis as a CFer. That said, I am fairly certain they knew he’d also be fine in RF or LF, because all 3 positions are completely different. The ball moves differently, for one, and looks different coming off the bat for another. I agree that maybe they had another OFer that can’t play RF, but Davis has plenty of arm for that position. The Cubs move guys all over the diamond. Morel has played LF and 2B and other positions.
I’m also having trouble reeling in my high expectations. If this kid keeps producing in AAA, it’s going to be hard to keep him their very long.
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I think it's a good idea....
….to see how he does against AAA pitching and teams in general. He’s done well enough to start next season at AAA, and it’s no big deal if he starts at AA instead next season either.
This has nothing to do with Davis, but I haven’t been able to watch any baseball at all this year. In extra innings, when the inning starts with a guy at 2B, can they use the same guy at 2B again if the game goes to 14 or 15 innings?
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Yes, because THAT roster of minor leaguers didn’t have any pitchers. I should have said it’s the best mix I’ve seen them have, and I stand by that statement, no matter how long they take to get to the majors.
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The Cubs might be losing, but they sure have a lot of very solid, talented prospects, both hitters and pitchers. It’s wonderful to see and in my opinion the best way to build a consistent winner. You should only need to add 1 or 2 FAs, and the rest should be your own guys. This is the best minor league system I’ve seen the Cubs have.
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This is only slightly connected to this subject, but.....
….I think changing the roster rule in September from 40 to 28 is pretty stupid. I understand not wanting to have 20 pitchers at your disposal, but what about making the roster limit 30 instead, and only allowing you to add 2 pitcher out of the extra 5? That way teams could have an extra catcher, for one thing. That 162 game season is a damn long one and even guys in great shape get awfully tired and need more rest.
Just an opinion of mine.
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….the Reds figured he would hit a grounder to 2B, which he does all the time. I would’ve pitched to him, too. He’s hitting around .200 or less….they probably had scouting reports saying where to pitch to him, and the pitcher either missed, or J-Hey was looking for that particular pitch. I’m very, VERY glad I would have been wrong about the outcome.
Schwindel must be in a slump. He didn’t hit a homer or a triple.
The way Schwindel won that last game....
….was to deliberately hit to the opposite field ala wee Willie Keeler "Hit ‘em where they ain’t", causes me to think he’s a better hitter than anyone gives him credit for. The 2016 Cubs would have a game every once in a while where they did that, instead of "swinging from the toes" and trying for tape measure shots. Just reaching out and getting the bat on the ball, against good pitchers, and putting 12 runs on the board. Much preferable hitting style over the Javy Baez swing…swinging so hard you give yourself a concussion….HRs will come for guys like Schwindel and Wisdom and Contreras and they don’t have to try for them. Anyway, that was a damn nice piece of hitting and that’s the kind of thing I like to see from a major leaguer. Going to the plate with a plan.
I love Rivas but he seems more athletic than Frank and I can see a LF spot for him to keep his bat in the lineup. I hope we see more of Hermosillo the rest of the year…maybe against lefties? He’s got all the tools.
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So is Alcantara the only option at SS? I wouldn’t want Bote there…..even for one inning.
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Schwindel has definitely earned at least a shot a the first base job next year. I know Rivas played some OF at triple A, and he looks like he runs well…maybe LF or RF for him?
Has Morgan figured things out? He’s looked fairly good last couple of times I’ve seen him.
Ian Happ doesn’t even have to hit like he’s been doing…if he can keep up his normal power and stay around .260, it’s hard not to see him somewhere in the lineup.
I am loving the Cubs having all these young pitchers, Effross being the latest, with a slew of younger ones in AA and A and rookie ball. The last time they had this many homegrown arms was Prior, Wood, Zambrano….no, I’m not comparing them, but it’s very pleasant to see anyway.
I’m worried about him….I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t wondering if HE shouldn’t have been included in the fire sale. Hopefully, it’s just a bad year for him. Everybody has one, don’t they?
The Cubs record would be about the same as it is now had they not made any trades. They were sucking the big wazoo as they were constructed. I don’t know why you’d rather have the "stars" on the team when they weren’t performing like stars and the team wasn’t winning. The trades wouldn’t have been made if the Cubs were playing the way they should have. I’d rather have a winning team, no matter who is on it, and we didn’t have that. They sucked. At least NOW they have an excuse to suck. Except they’re playing better than the Cubs pre-trade team and are more fun to watch. If they had the 2016 Cubs rotation, they’d be fighting for first place.
I love having a guy hitting .300 who also hits tape measure home runs. POW!!! Rivas looks like he belongs, too.
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It was GREAT to see him hitting like that today. Maybe he’s starting to figure things out. He has nothing left to prove at AAA. God, I hope he sticks. He has all 5 tools…hit, hit for power, speed, defense, arm. The less the Cubs have to spend on hitters…and they will need to spend some….the more they can spend on starting pitching, which for the most part has been atrocious this year. Arrieta started well in April then fell apart. The Professor has a lot of wins but his ERA is WAY higher than usual. Adzolay has had a very rough year. Mills has been pretty good but had some pretty bad games too. Davies has been miserable except for a few REALLY good games. Fix the starting pitching and I’m telling you, this team will win.
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You'd be completely right...
…if Baez, Rizzo, Bryant, and Contreras lived up to expectations. And Schwarber when he was here. Had that happened, no doubt that team would have been much better than this OR most other teams. I wasn’t alone in expecting close to .300 batting averages from all of them along with the resulting WAR or whatever those other stats are. Especially after the World Series win. I believe losing Fowler and especially Zobrist hurt the team alot, but whatever it was, they struck out way too much and got shut out WAY too much. I thought we had a dynasty after 2016, and instead we stumbled into the playoffs a few times and exited immediately, and VERY few Cubs fans actually thought we had ANY kind of chance in the postseason. It’s a damn shame. Instead of being exciting, they became quite boring.
When my friend and I played Strat-o-matic Baseball, we invented a new stat…"LBO" or Losses Blamed On. Like when a pitcher throws a one hitter, walks a guy in the 7th, gets taken out and the reliever gives up a homer. Or when someone misplays a pop up or throws a ball away. Not always the pitcher’s fault but he gets a loss anyway.
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That's the kind of thing......
…….that happened to the 2016 Cubs. They won a few games on things you NEVER see. Pure dumb luck. This year’s team sure deserves it.
I don’t care what the stats say. I don’t care what anybody says at all. This Cubs team is a lot better offensively than the Cubs team before the trades and a lot more fun to watch. Maybe it’s because we expected better than .230 out of Rizzo and Baez. Maybe we expected that team to finally pull their collective heads out of their collective asses and stop striking out and start going to the plate with a plan. I don’t know. But these guys are having fun. Most of them didn’t even think they’d be playing in the majors. Ortega has been here before but never got a chance to stick. Schwindel had just been cut loose. Now they’re getting a chance to earn a spot on a contending roster next year (I also disagree with anybody who says they won’t contend next year) and they’re having a ball.
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Pitchers will come to the Cubs if they get paid what they want. Most players, money comes first. Hitters will come here because of money AND hitters LOVE Wrigley Field. Stroman will come here if they give him whatever he wants. I might consider Verlander on a 2 yr deal since he’s 39. Yeah, yeah, yeah, he’s had TJ Surgery. But he was Cy Young before that. He might be worth a flier. I’m not sure who, but a trade might be the best way to get a #1 or #2.
I don’t think ANY player will think for more than 2 seconds about how lousy the Cubs have been lately. They got rid of a bunch of players and nobody expected them to get better after that. If money is offered, they will come.
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…is almost unfair. Consistency is his biggest adversary, somewhat like Alec Mills. But he’s just a kid, like somebody said…his first full year as a major leaguer. I give him, Steele, and Thompson a ton of slack. You’re going to have ups and downs with very young pitchers, but these guys all have good stuff, and have to keep learning to pitch. I think with Verlander or someone along those lines, and maybe another FA starter, we’ll have a good rotation next year. A top 10 rotation with these hitters (minus a few) and this team wins 90 games.