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Old 09-05-2018, 10:00 AM
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Old 09-13-2018, 10:18 PM
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So it sounds like Joe Maddon did a really dumb thing today.
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Old 10-01-2018, 10:08 PM
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Such a disappointment...Saying that, we have Cubs postseason tickets for sale.

Wildcard game tomorrow (10/2). We are selling our pair at cost ($91 per), Section 304 row 12, Seats 5 & 6.

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Old 10-05-2018, 02:23 PM
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I'm still processing our early postseason exit...it just shouldn't have been that quick, but it was.

I "blame" a large part on the wildcard loss on Joe Maddon:

I just don't get the constant line shuffling coupled with putting players in the lineup but not maximizing their skill set. Bote starts, Zobrist leads off and not Almora, and bases are loaded when Maddon chooses Heyward over Schwarber.
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Bote Starts: Yes I understand that he won a few games but slashed .239/.319/.408. He is not an average player, or an everyday player, and yet he starts in the postseason.
If Maddon really felt he needed another right handed hitter, why not work the lineup to start Happ, who slashed .233/.353/.408.

Next is who leads off?

vs. LHP:
Player A: 123 PA, .333/.381/.407
Player B: 144 PA, .295/.340/.402

vs. RHP
Player A: 332 PA, .295/.377/.452
Player B: 335 PA, .282/.315/.369

As Leadoff
Player A: 140 PA, .285/.371/.439
Player B: 213 PA, .333/.368/.429

This is more to this than simply looking at who is better against the lefties. Player B (Almora) thrived as a leadoff hitter. 45% of his PA were as leadoff and he did awesome, potentially one of the best stat lines leading off in the MLB this year. If you look at his stats elsewhere in the lineup, nothing comes close. Player A (Zobrist) whose leadoff stats are good this year, was best hitting 2nd with a .341/.396/.512 in 91 PA.

Lastly, the pinch hit with bases loaded. This is purely hindsight, and the pitch that Heward K'd on was nasty. I personally would have liked Heyward to come in after we scored in the 8th, and sub out our speedster. Gore's AB were simply BAD.

Well...there's always next year.
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Old 10-05-2018, 03:26 PM
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I agree with a lot of that. I don't get why he went Heyward over Schwarber with the bases loaded against RHP.

The Bote thing was just "get as many RH hitters in the lineup as we can against the lefty" thing. Schwarber is not good vs LHP. Heyward was mediocre. Bote was really good albeit a small sample size (130ish wRC+ in like 65PAs). He had been doing Bote 3B/Bryant LF often in the last few weeks against LHP. Bote might not be an everyday guy, but is probably a pretty good option to start vs LHB and bench bat going forward.

That last Gore AB was terrible, but the Bryant AB to end the inning before was worse. You have Terrance Gore hitting behind you with two outs and the bases empty. You're essentially hitting in front of a pitcher. They aren't giving you anything to hit. Sure enough, three straight balls but he swung at two of them, gets down in a 1-2 count, and ends up looking when they painted the corner. It never should have gotten to that point to begin with.

In the offseason, the Cubs badly needed a bat this year. They have the money and should open up the books. Make a run at Harper or another of the top bats. Good chance Russell isn't coming back so they'll need MIF help, probably someone who can handle SS somewhat so you aren't relying totally on Baez. Something solid but unsexy like a Jose Iglesias or Lemahieu. Smyly is signed and back from TJS, and there's $20M team option on Hamels so there shouldn't be much need need to look much in free agency for SP. A couple bullpen adds and let 'er rip.

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