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    Chicago Cubs

    Are putting up some runs in spring training. After today scoring a total 188 runs to only giving up 129. I think this will be a good season with 90 wins and the central division..again.



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    Re: Chicago Cubs

    thats not the issue for us.... its the postseason. cubs will win the central... just please not another postseason collapse


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    Re: Chicago Cubs

    This team isn't as good as last year but it will still be a damn good team.



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    Re: Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by gocubs2118 View Post
    This team isn't as good as last year but it will still be a damn good team.
    I think they will be better offensively. It is going to hurt not having Derosa but I really think Fontenot is ready to break out. Milton Bradley is going to be huge. I think if they can get their closing situation in order then this team has the potential to be just as good, maybe even a little better then last years.



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    Re: Chicago Cubs

    I have no doubt they'll win a weak central division by a comfortable margin but after the last 2 postseasons I am not that optimistic until I see it in the playoffs. I was convinced last year was finally "the year" with how dominant they were in the regular season but even a 100 win season this year won't convince me till they show it in the postseason.

    I still worry about this year's bullpen, the rotation if Harden goes down, and the loss of DeRosa may come back to haunt as he was probably the most consistent player in the lineup as well as versatile. The CF spot worries me with Johnson and Fukudome because Johnson is not an every day player and Fukudome only hit .235 in the WBC which doesn't put a lot of confidence in him turning things around at the plate. Bradley has already been hurt in spring training and now Derek Lee is starting to show his age too.

    Just a lot of factors that have me worried right now that the Cubs could be a lot of talk right now and have all those things above blow up on them and make things difficult.


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    Re: Chicago Cubs

    But Micah Hoffpauer can still play 1st and he has been having a great spring training



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    Re: Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by travman23 View Post

    I still worry about this year's bullpen, the rotation if Harden goes down, and the loss of DeRosa may come back to haunt as he was probably the most consistent player in the lineup as well as versatile. The CF spot worries me with Johnson and Fukudome because Johnson is not an every day player and Fukudome only hit .235 in the WBC which doesn't put a lot of confidence in him turning things around at the plate. Bradley has already been hurt in spring training and now Derek Lee is starting to show his age too.
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    I was a DeRosa fan too, but he had a career year last year and it's probably not a push to say it would have been hard for him to repeat that. Bradly isn't a bad trade.

    I think Fukudome simply got homesick and was not used to the grind here. I expect a much better year out of him this year. Reed Johnson is one of my favorite players. If he can keep his back healthy he'll be productive once again.



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    Re: Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave19642006 View Post
    But Micah Hoffpauer can still play 1st and he has been having a great spring training
    Hoffpaurer has a wicked bat....



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    Re: Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave19642006 View Post
    But Micah Hoffpauer can still play 1st and he has been having a great spring training
    I will be ****** if he starts anywhere but the bench this season. He might be good as a pinch hitter but he was still in the minors at the age of 29 for a reason.



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    Re: Chicago Cubs

    The offense is going to score runs.

    The key is keeping pitchers healthy, and people like Dempster and Lilly, who had tremendous years last season, to continue their success.

    Also, Zambrano and Bradley have to work hard not to go apeshit on each other in the dugout.



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    Re: Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by gocubs2118 View Post
    I will be ****** if he starts anywhere but the bench this season. He might be good as a pinch hitter but he was still in the minors at the age of 29 for a reason.
    I don't think Lee is going to start every game this year. He is aging and his numbers were down last year and continue to be down this spring. You can't discount Lee's glove, however, but I would still expect to see Hoffpaurer have some starts this year, especially since he bats from the left.



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    Re: Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by gocubs2118 View Post
    I will be ****** if he starts anywhere but the bench this season. He might be good as a pinch hitter but he was still in the minors at the age of 29 for a reason.
    That reason is that the Cubs have had Lee at 1st for quite a few years now. He hasn't had much of a shot at the majors yet but has done well when he has.



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    Quote Originally Posted by gocubs2118 View Post
    I will be ****** if he starts anywhere but the bench this season. He might be good as a pinch hitter but he was still in the minors at the age of 29 for a reason.
    There is a reason for that, and that reason is Derrek Lee. If the Cubs had traded him to an AL team, he would be starting at first or make a nice DH, at the very least.

    Hoff was a man without a position when he was in Des Moines, and now he's basically Daryl Ward.



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    Re: Chicago Cubs

    Sorry but Hoffpauir had a career year at the age of 28 and now all of a sudden he is supposed to be our starting 1B? Not buying that one second. He was very average in the minors up until 2007.



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    Re: Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobber View Post
    I was a DeRosa fan too, but he had a career year last year and it's probably not a push to say it would have been hard for him to repeat that. Bradly isn't a bad trade.

    I think Fukudome simply got homesick and was not used to the grind here. I expect a much better year out of him this year. Reed Johnson is one of my favorite players. If he can keep his back healthy he'll be productive once again.
    I agree with you here. DeRosa had only done so much in his career, and had a career year. Reed is steady, and I think your assessment of Fukodome is right on.


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