MLB: 2020 Chicago Cubs Season Thread

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Record comparable to a 22-5 start in a 162 game season. Keep rolling. If they can take care of business in the St. Louis series that Magic Number will come down in a hurry since everyone else in the division has many more losses than St. Louis.
 

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It's hard to base too much on early in the season, but the biggest thing I've noticed is not overthinking things in the way Joe did. Sticking to a base lineup, sprinkling in some spot starts for guys, and letting guys get comfortable with their spot in the order.
 

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It's hard to base too much on early in the season, but the biggest thing I've noticed is not overthinking things in the way Joe did. Sticking to a base lineup, sprinkling in some spot starts for guys, and letting guys get comfortable with their spot in the order.
Yeah, Joe's "mad scientist" routine with the daily lineups got old pretty quickly after the World Series win. I'm liking what I'm seeing out of Ross so far.
 

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It's hard to base too much on early in the season, but the biggest thing I've noticed is not overthinking things in the way Joe did. Sticking to a base lineup, sprinkling in some spot starts for guys, and letting guys get comfortable with their spot in the order.
Interesting how much he has used his catchers for the DH. That way catchers can be every day players.
 

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Yeah, Joe's "mad scientist" routine with the daily lineups got old pretty quickly after the World Series win. I'm liking what I'm seeing out of Ross so far.
To be fair to Joe, I think this year there isn't time to "experiment" as there was in past years. Over a 160 game season you could afford to try some different lineups and see what works. This year, you've got to plop your 9 best out there every night.
 

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But those youth leagues and tournaments are usually in a time crunch. I might be more open to starting it in like the 12 or 13th inning I suppose. I’m trying to think of another sport where overtime/after regulation changes as much as this rule does for baseball. Basketball and football no. Hockey and soccer sometimes have shootouts but that’s after a normal OT period. I just think it cheapens the game a little bit. Totally understand if I’m in the minority
Several years ago, hockey changed their overtime to a 3 v 3 format for 5 minutes, followed by a shootout in regular season games.
 

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But those youth leagues and tournaments are usually in a time crunch. I might be more open to starting it in like the 12 or 13th inning I suppose. I’m trying to think of another sport where overtime/after regulation changes as much as this rule does for baseball. Basketball and football no. Hockey and soccer sometimes have shootouts but that’s after a normal OT period. I just think it cheapens the game a little bit. Totally understand if I’m in the minority
The college vs NFL OT rules come to mind.

Alternatively, they could just use cats to decide things.
 

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It's hard to base too much on early in the season, but the biggest thing I've noticed is not overthinking things in the way Joe did. Sticking to a base lineup, sprinkling in some spot starts for guys, and letting guys get comfortable with their spot in the order.
Not only are we not batting Almora leadoff anymore, he's not even playing. Love that.

It just seems like Ross is much more willing to give us the best 9 everyday and he's doing the best he can with the bullpen situation.
 

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Not only are we not batting Almora leadoff anymore, he's not even playing. Love that.

It just seems like Ross is much more willing to give us the best 9 everyday and he's doing the best he can with the bullpen situation.
I think Almora is the best example. Dude is a defensive replacement and should only see starts if we have injuries. I'll be thrilled to not see guys like him and Descalso starting twice a week.
 
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I think Almora is the best example. Dude is a defensive replacement and should only see starts if we have injuries. I'll be thrilled to not see guys like him and Descalso starting twice a week.
But I have to admit it warms my heart to see him coming in to lock down center field when the Cubs are nursing a small lead late.
 

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Not only are we not batting Almora leadoff anymore, he's not even playing. Love that.

It just seems like Ross is much more willing to give us the best 9 everyday and he's doing the best he can with the bullpen situation.
I think with 60 games you've got to do that. Right or wrong it's a whole different game now.

I do agree with you though. Leadoff has been bad since Fowler wasnt retained, who LOVED being a Cub.