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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by wonkadog View Post
    Ha ha, for what purpose?
    I'd rather see my team try and play good baseball..... That benchline would show they played .500 ball or better. If the Cubs can start playing .500 or ball the summer gets more fun.


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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by gocubs2118 View Post
    Alcantara should be coming up sometime this month, which is exciting. He doesn't get the pub that guys like Baez, Bryant and Almora have gotten but he's a damn good prospect.
    Really? Where'd you hear that?



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by KnappShack View Post

    The best way to watch Cubs baseball is with MLB.tv. Watch with the radio feed. Pat and Ron have really started to build chemistry and Pat is dead on with his calls. No phantom action or blown calls at all. The TV guys...ehhhh
    What's MLB.TV cost? With my Mediacom package I'm able to watch most of the games right now, but think when Rickets renegotiates the TV rights that will get tougher.



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by KnappShack View Post
    Maybe I'm basking in the glow of sweeping a mediocre team in a historic ballpark, but I'm wondering just how far away the club is from contending. They've been respectable this last month with a pack of .200 hitters. There's talent in the pipeline that's getting ready to pop.

    Is it really time to trade 2/5ths of the starting rotation including the staff Ace?

    The best way to watch Cubs baseball is with MLB.tv. Watch with the radio feed. Pat and Ron have really started to build chemistry and Pat is dead on with his calls. No phantom action or blown calls at all. The TV guys...ehhhh
    This is exactly it....

    The Cubs have pitching right now... but don't have bats.... but the bats are heating up... a bit....

    Why not hold server a bit here and get this thing turning over? Is there really that much benefit in waiting 3 more years to try and contend? Who knows what can happen with injuries and the ????s around the possible future pitching staff. Pitching is hard to come by and we have it right now. Look what can happen to great young arms. See Jose' Fernandez situation in Miami


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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobber View Post
    What's MLB.TV cost? With my Mediacom package I'm able to watch most of the games right now, but think when Rickets renegotiates the TV rights that will get tougher.
    Iowa is a tricky market from what I understand. Many teams claim Iowa as their market and blackout rules kick in. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but that's what I've heard.

    I'm supposed to have the Dodgers games blacked out, but for some reason I'm still getting them on my Roku. Not a fan of the team but Vin is the greatest baseball announcer to have lived.

    I think it's a little over $100 with auto renew. Basically the only way I can watch the Cubs (and strangely the Dodgers). Every game in HD and available on my phone too



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by KnappShack View Post
    Iowa is a tricky market from what I understand. Many teams claim Iowa as their market and blackout rules kick in. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but that's what I've heard.

    I'm supposed to have the Dodgers games blacked out, but for some reason I'm still getting them on my Roku. Not a fan of the team but Vin is the greatest baseball announcer to have lived.

    I think it's a little over $100 with auto renew. Basically the only way I can watch the Cubs (and strangely the Dodgers). Every game in HD and available on my phone too
    Someone once did a map of the U.S. and what teams are blacked out where (I'll see if I can find it.) Based on the map, with the Cubs, White Sox, Brewers, Twins, Royals and Cardinals being blacked out, the state of Iowa is the worst place to live when it comes to the stupid MLB blackout rules.




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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by CloneinWDSM View Post
    Don't they have the best record in the NL over the last month and a half or some stat like that? Or they did a few weeks ago at least.
    Yup. Team's been playing well. If it weren't for that absolutely abysmal start, our record would look like everyone else in the NL Central.


    Since we are an elite team now, let's go get that One Cyclone Moment.
    Make this one for the ages!




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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by RING4CY View Post
    Someone once did a map of the U.S. and what teams are blacked out where (I'll see if I can find it.) Based on the map, with the Cubs, White Sox, Brewers, Twins, Royals and Cardinals being blacked out, the state of Iowa is the worst place to live when it comes to the stupid MLB blackout rules.
    Iowa and Vegas. Vegas is blacked out to the 5 Cali teams, plus Arizona.



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobber View Post
    I would like to Castro go if we can get some good trade value for him. He can hit at times, but is a liability on defense.

    Barney needs to go, but we aren't going to get anything decent for him. They'll probably let him walk when his contract expires. Too bad such a great defensive player is so lousy hitting.

    Nate Schierholtz has been a disappointment after such a great first year with the Cubs. Hope he can turn it on before season end.

    I know they are at the bottom of the division, but the Cubs have been a lot more fun to watch this year. It's like watching a teenage kid who isn't quite coordinated yet, but you know once they get to the right age it will all click.

    Don't know if we'll see a lot of trades this year(not that I'm an expert at all on this). Seems like they have a pretty good core when you factor in what's coming up from the farm system. Not sure the Cubs are going to have a lot of money to spend yet as one article posted here suggested it will be 2019 before they get out of the awful sale terms that were agreed to when the team was sold.
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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneErik View Post
    I've seen a lot of pitchers bat, and they're better than Barney at the plate.
    Barney does suck. Swings like he is using his old stone bat from his Flintstones role.


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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Looks like I was right that our biggest trades would go down this week!

    Smardzija and Hammel have been traded to the A's.

    Glad Smardzija is going to Oakland. ****** place, ****** fans, ****** stadium. Expects to be paid as a top 5 pitcher when really he might not even crack the top 20.


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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Sounds like a big one is going down...Cubs have traded Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the A's.



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Cubs get Addison Russell (great player, but another shortstop), Dan Strailey(starter),Billy McKinney (outfield prospect), and a PTBNL.



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    I'm hearing good reviews. Russell is a potential gold glove shortstop with a way above average batting average, alright power and alright speed.

    Has to mean Castro is traded, unless we wait until next year and trade Baez or Russell.


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