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Tuffy

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Re: Cubs in '20
« Reply #2970 on: September 16, 2020, 10:48:29 pm »
With today's win the Cubs have clinched a .500 record for the season, their sixth in a row, starting in 2015.

The last time they had six .500 seasons in a row was 1967 to 1972.

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Re: Cubs in '20
« Reply #2971 on: September 16, 2020, 11:02:35 pm »
With today's win the Cubs have clinched a .500 record for the season, their sixth in a row, starting in 2015.

The last time they had six .500 seasons in a row was 1967 to 1972.

How many .500 or better seasons from 1947-1966?

TWO.

One was a .500 season (1952). The other was 82-80 (1963).

The CLOSEST Cubs came to first place in those 20 straight years was 13 games behind.

Too bad this board wasn’t around for encouragement back then.

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Re: Cubs in '20
« Reply #2972 on: September 16, 2020, 11:37:57 pm »
Mark Gonzales:

Chafin threw well in sim game, Ross confirmed it’s “conceivable” he could be activated for Twins series.

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Re: Cubs in '20
« Reply #2973 on: September 17, 2020, 10:01:26 am »
Jon Lester hints at retirement

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Jon Lester would’ve liked to acknowledge the crowd at Wrigley: “That’s probably the most frustrating part. Going back to ’14, I didn’t really get to walk off the field like I wanted to at Fenway. Having an empty stadium, not really how I envisioned possibly my last start here.”
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Re: Cubs in '20
« Reply #2975 on: September 17, 2020, 10:31:13 am »
A lovely column on Jon Leseter from Sahadev Sharma.

It is extremely sad that Lester will probably not be able to say a final farewell to fans in Wrigley Field as he walks off the mound as a player.

https://theathletic.com/2073316/2020/09/17/i-didnt-think-six-years-would-go-this-fast-jon-lesters-wrigley-farewell/?source=dailyemail

Who knows, maybe after the Cubs fail to pick up his option, they'll come to some token deal that will enable him to pitch one more time before the fans in 2021 (assuming there are fans in 2021).
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Re: Cubs in '20
« Reply #2976 on: September 17, 2020, 11:34:13 am »
Thanks Ron.  Great article.  What a stud Lester has been for the Cubs!

It's just amazing that a guy whose pick-off move is worse than that of a Little Leaguer could be so darned fabulous for us and the Red Sox!

Particularly when it's counted the most!


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Re: Cubs in '20
« Reply #2977 on: September 17, 2020, 11:51:46 am »
Man, when Lester came out yesterday, it didn't even occur to me the that he won't get another home-start and he won't get a playoff home start either.  I wish I'd realized in the moment.  What a classy guy and what a huge overachiever he's been for the Cubs.  Amazing career, quite the craftsman. 
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Re: Cubs in '20
« Reply #2978 on: September 17, 2020, 11:57:43 am »
He might still get a playoff start in the first round (assuming the Cubs hold on to one of the top 4 seeds). Those aren't being played in the bubble. I'd assume Darvish and Hendricks will start two of those three games. And if Lester pitches as well in his next start as he has in his last two, he'll probably get the third game over Mills.

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Re: Cubs in '20
« Reply #2979 on: September 17, 2020, 12:17:11 pm »
Quote from: Brett Taylor at Bleacher Nation
•   It’s still going to be a lost year for Báez at the plate, and there’s pretty much no turning that ship around at this point. But as he showed this week, that doesn’t mean he can’t still contribute positively to Cubs wins.

•   … The same is true for Kris Bryant, with the primary difference being: David Ross has been willing to move Báez down in the order to mitigate the impact of his struggles at the plate. Bryant? He is still getting more PAs than any player on the Cubs not named Ian Happ. It has become a stubbornness, even as Bryant has posted a 117 wRC+ over the past 10 days, built ENTIRELY on a .500 BABIP. The strikeout rate is still terrible. The walk rate is still terrible. The power is still non-existent. The quality of contact is still abysmal. It makes me sad that Bryant is a shell of himself right now, and it makes me angry that Ross continues to risk games in a vain hope that Bryant will just magically fix himself in the final 10 days of the season. At this point, you just have to play with what you have, not what you wish you had.
 

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Re: Cubs in '20
« Reply #2980 on: September 17, 2020, 01:17:29 pm »
A lovely column on Jon Leseter from Sahadev Sharma.

It is extremely sad that Lester will probably not be able to say a final farewell to fans in Wrigley Field as he walks off the mound as a player.

https://theathletic.com/2073316/2020/09/17/i-didnt-think-six-years-would-go-this-fast-jon-lesters-wrigley-farewell/?source=dailyemail

Who knows, maybe after the Cubs fail to pick up his option, they'll come to some token deal that will enable him to pitch one more time before the fans in 2021 (assuming there are fans in 2021).

I hope something like this is worked out. Lester and the fans deserve it.

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Re: Cubs in '20
« Reply #2981 on: September 18, 2020, 07:39:35 pm »
I wonder if Bryant wouldn't be wise to take a QO.  It's not that bad a paycheck, give him another year with his buddies, and a year to redeem his value.

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Re: Cubs in '20
« Reply #2982 on: September 18, 2020, 08:17:50 pm »
I wonder if Bryant wouldn't be wise to take a QO.  It's not that bad a paycheck, give him another year with his buddies, and a year to redeem his value.

Who says the Cubs would make one?

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Re: Cubs in '20
« Reply #2983 on: September 18, 2020, 08:44:55 pm »
Good point.

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Re: Cubs in '20
« Reply #2984 on: September 18, 2020, 10:38:15 pm »
I wonder if Bryant wouldn't be wise to take a QO.  It's not that bad a paycheck, give him another year with his buddies, and a year to redeem his value.

That’s a year away.