Retooling for 2018: A Comprehensive Plan

Look, we’re not surprised by this outcome, right? I’m thankful as all hell that they didn’t get swept, but the 2017 Cubs were not as good as the 2017 Dodgers. It happens. How do Theo and his merry band of suits make sure it doesn’t happen again in 2018? Let’s walk through how, from the big to the small. 1. Prioritize Athleticism The Cubs were outclasses in the field and on the bases all postseason … Continue reading

Game Notes – 4/9/2017 – Asheville @ Hagerstown

A short set of notes about the Suns game today, not in small part due to the fact that I missed the first inning and a half due to some accidents on I-70. I hope everyone was OK because I am not ready to deal with how incredibly petty my anger at missing those innings would be otherwise. Riley Pint, P, COL Pint was drafted 4th overall in the 2016 draft on the back his … Continue reading

Game Notes – 4/8/2017 – Carolina @ Frederick

Today I took in the matchup between the exciting Carolina Mudcats and the Frederick Keys. It’s been awhile, but I am happy to note that my inability to remember to bring sunscreen is still intact. No videos this week, hopefully I’ll have some for you by the end of the month. Also, the stadium gun at Frederick was off by 8-10 mph so I don’t have any velocities to report, unfortunately. I’m going to review … Continue reading

A List of Outfielders Who Have Posted More fWAR than Jorge Soler

Jorge Soler debuted in 2014. Here is a short list of the outfielders who have produced more fWAR since the beginning of 2014 than he has: Mike Trout Andrew McCutchen Bryce Harper Lorenzo Cain Jason Heyward Yoenis Cespedes Jose Bautista Giancarlo Stanton Alex Gordon Michael Brantley Kevin Kiermaier A.J. Pollock Starling Marte Ben Zobrist Nelson Cruz Adam Eaton Adam Jones Kole Calhoun J.D. Martinez Christian Yelich Carlos Gomez Justin Upton Mookie Betts Yasiel Puig Dexter … Continue reading

The Kris Bryant debut: Skipping Class and Drinking Beer

No surprise to anyone Kris Bryant is your 2015 National League Rookie of the Year. He made his much-debated debut April 17th. The Kris Bryant debut for me was the most excited I had ever been for an MLB debut. Out of the big time Cubs debuts in my lifetime: Castro, Rizzo, Soler, Baez, Schwarber, Bryant, only the Soler debut doesn’t have a fun story or reason I missed. I missed Starlin Castro’s debut because … Continue reading

Game Notes: 5/1 Greenville @ Hagerstwon

This past Friday, I made the two and a half hour slog through I-495 and I-270 traffic to get up to Hagerstown, Maryland, to see the Greenville Drive (Boston Red Sox) face the Hagerstown Suns (Washington Nationals). The traffic was awful, it almost rained, and Rafael Devers sat the game out. Fortunately, I had the pleasure of sitting near a very nice couple, Tim and Judy, and their nephew Joel, who was about to ship … Continue reading

Game Recap: Lynchburg @ Potomac, 4/26/2015

Sunday was an absolutely gorgeous day for baseball, and I was finally able to drag my butt on down to Prince William County to see the Potomac Nationals (Washington Nationals). It was a sunny, high-60s day, there were a ton of dogs in the ballpark, and the Lynchburg Hillcats (Cleveland Indians) were bringing a prospect-heavy outfield to the double header. I really had no choice but to be there. Lynchburg won both halves of the … Continue reading

Bryant’s effect on the lineup

With the excitement over Kris Bryant being recalled Friday we can discuss the potential lineup Joe Maddon will roll out.  The power in the middle of the Cubs lineup was excellent with Rizzo and Soler now enter Kris Bryant.  These are fun times to be a Cubs fan. When I posed the question about potential lineups with Bryant I received some good responses.  The question is whether he will be eased in or thrown into … Continue reading

Acquisitions: Rebuilding teams vs. Competitive teams

Since 2011 when Theo, Jed and Jason were hired the Cubs have been wheeling and dealing.  They have been stacking up on talent since then to build a team set for “sustained success.”  As the Cubs, it seems, have turned the corner lets take a look at the front offices best moves and worst moves based on the value they have for the Cubs.  Along with the Cubs I looked at the Astros who went … Continue reading

The ’69 Cubs

When I was 9 years old, there was a lot of optimism surrounding that year and the future of the Cubs.  It reminds me a little bit of what I am now feeling as a soon to be 55 year old.  Wow, that is a lot of years!  However, that is one of the things I like most about baseball and the Cubs.  With any sliver of hope, I can look at the coming season … Continue reading