MLB: ***Official 2019 Chicago Cubs Season Thread***

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  1. chuckd4735

    chuckd4735 Well-Known Member

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    ...and just like that, CJ is going to be hanging in DM.
     
  2. Skyh13

    Skyh13 Well-Known Member

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    And Strop blows yet ANOTHER hold, and now they're losing. He cannot be the 8th inning man, and I know they have literally nobody, but for heaven's sake.
     
  3. cyfanatic13

    cyfanatic13 Well-Known Member

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    I'm ready for Strop to not be a Cub anymore
     
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  4. HoustonClone

    HoustonClone Active Member

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    Wish they could send Strop down with Edwards.
     
  5. chuckd4735

    chuckd4735 Well-Known Member

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    If he can't pitch the 8th stop using him in the 8th. There has to be a better option and I refuse to believe there isn't
     
  6. BigJCy

    BigJCy Well-Known Member

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    We better hope Morrow can somehow miraculously come back.
     
  7. HoustonClone

    HoustonClone Active Member

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    Who looks stupid now, Strop?
     
  8. HoustonClone

    HoustonClone Active Member

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    He’s starting to throw to live batters, so cross your fingers for mid-August?
     
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  9. ClonesTwenty1

    ClonesTwenty1 Well-Known Member

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    This team is going to get knocked out in 1st round of playoffs.
     
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  10. bherren

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    Kintzler has done nothing but dominate this year. Only TWO earned runs in the past two months. Not sure why he can't come in during the high leverage situations rather than Edwards JR or Strop who have barely pitched in the Majors for the past month.
     
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  11. cyclonpediaJoe

    cyclonpediaJoe Active Member

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    I dropped him from my fantasy team yesterday morning. People like hearing about your fantasy teams i'm told.

    Also, watched Montgomery get lit up by the Tribe the other night. Kind of rooting for him since the Royals drafted him.
     
  12. cyclonpediaJoe

    cyclonpediaJoe Active Member

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    I would be down with some Cichek (sp) in the setup spot.
     
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  13. Skyh13

    Skyh13 Well-Known Member

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    Cishek is one of those guys that I keep waiting to let me down. Dunno why I don't entirely trust him, but the results are certainly a lot better than Strop to this point.
     
  14. Skyh13

    Skyh13 Well-Known Member

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    I'm glad they tried to get something out of him, because to me he looks done. Might not be the case, and maybe he makes a comeback next year, but boy his outings were bad this year.
     
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  15. cyclonpediaJoe

    cyclonpediaJoe Active Member

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    He has that uncomfortable Carols Marmol feel sometimes. Totally get what you mean.
     
  16. CYdTracked

    CYdTracked Well-Known Member

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    Hopefully the trade deadline brings some help for the bullpen. I think most thought bringing in Kimbrel and sliding Strop and company back an inning in roles would help everyone but his struggles have continued in the setup role too. Kintzler is a former closer with 48 career saves and so is Cishek with 132. Both have been the most consistent and reliable arms in the bullpen this season ands both have the best WAR in the pen right now as well so why not use 1 as the setup man and hope Strop gets things straightened out in a less high pressure situation.

    I don't want to see Edwards or Brach in a close game either. I have a feeling with all the free agents and guys with arbitration decisions in the pen the Cubs bullpen could look quite different next year. The only 2 guys that have guaranteed contracts in the pen right now are Kimbrel and Chatwood. Morrow has a $12 mil team option that I highly doubt they pick up and will opt for the $3 mil buyout, Brach has a $5 mil team option with a 100k buyout, Ryan is pre-arbitration, Edwards is arbitration, and everyone else are free agents. If they let all those guys walk and started a rebuild of the pen could be clearing about $25-30 mil in payroll to start with
     
  17. cyfanatic13

    cyfanatic13 Well-Known Member

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    I’m not a doctor, but what injury could possibly keep Morrow out as long as he’s been out? Dude hasn’t pitched since last July and it was never revealed he tore anything to my knowledge
     
  18. VeloClone

    VeloClone Well-Known Member

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    [​IMG]
     
  19. CYdTracked

    CYdTracked Well-Known Member

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    He's made of glass apparently??? Cubs sometimes seem to be secretive about injuries for some reason. Just look at Darvish last year, never knew what was going on with him and seemed like just when he was getting ready to do a rehab assignment and get back he suffered a "setback." Probably wishful thinking that Morrow ever makes it back and if he does I wouldn't have high expectations of him being a shutdown reliever or pitching on back to back days any time soon as long as he's been hurt.

    The pitching staff is nearing a crossroads and there isn't much for pitching in the minor leagues right now to fill it with so the front office will need to look to either sign or trade for quality pitching. I already hashed out the bullpen with Kimbrel and Chatwood being the only 2 with guaranteed contracts coming back next year with a few guys who could be tendered through arbitration too. Here's the rotation:

    Lester: signed through 2021
    Darvish: signed through 2023. Has a player opt-out after this season but no way he is getting anyone to play him close to what the Cubs signed him to
    Hendricks: signed through 2023 with a vesting option for 2024
    Quintana: Club option for 2020 at $10.5 mil that likely will be picked up then a free agent after next season
    Hamels: free agent after this season

    Lester and Hamels are both 35, Darvish is 32, Q 30 and Hendricks 29. Lester before long is going to be no more than a middle to back end of the rotation pitcher like Hamels is right now so at the very least they may have 1 rotation spot to fill after this year and next if they don't bring back Hamels or Q when their deals are up. If they didn't bring back Hamels and cleaned house with the bullpen they would free up nearly $50 mil in payroll but just how well could they stretch that to fill a rotation spot and nearly an entire new bullpen? For position players Zobrist $12.5, Maldonado $2.5 are the only ones you could clear outright but Bryant, Russell, Schwarber, Almora, and Javy are all up for arbitration and Bryant and Javy for sure are due some hefty pay hikes. They still have Duensing's contract on the payroll at $3.5 mil this year too that will clear as well and Chatwood will be in the last year of his contract at $13 mil in 2020.

    Here's a breakdown of the contract situation: https://www.spotrac.com/mlb/chicago-cubs/yearly/payroll/
     
  20. VeloClone

    VeloClone Well-Known Member

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    That's exactly what my pic above means - Mr. Glass.
     

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