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Reb

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« Reply #3000 on: September 21, 2020, 01:58:12 pm »
Schwarber assumed the runner would stop at second.  It's like hitting an infield grounder.  Always go hard.  You never know.

OFers get a book too. Maybe the scouting report is that Schwarber is slow going after balls landing behind him. Cubs don’t want that book.

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« Reply #3001 on: September 21, 2020, 04:15:26 pm »
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Ross: Jose Quintana will be activated on Tuesday and will start vs. Pirates. He'll have "a little bit of leash" in terms of pitch count.

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With Rowan Wick down, you may have been hoping for a Pedro Strop return. That's out the window now as he's been shut down for the year with an injury. So who could step up that's already in the bullpen? And will we finally see Brailyn Marquez this week?

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« Reply #3002 on: September 21, 2020, 05:11:55 pm »
Damn. I was definitely hoping for a Strop reunion.


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« Reply #3003 on: September 21, 2020, 07:06:27 pm »
Schwarber assumed the runner would stop at second.  It's like hitting an infield grounder.  Always go hard.  You never know.

So why did Ross decline to bench and publicly defended Baez after he didn't run out a pop up that dropped for a "single"?

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« Reply #3004 on: September 21, 2020, 07:07:10 pm »
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With Rowan Wick down, you may have been hoping for a Pedro Strop return. That's out the window now as he's been shut down for the year with an injury.

Bullet dodged.

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« Reply #3005 on: September 21, 2020, 07:11:53 pm »
So why did Ross decline to bench and publicly defended Baez after he didn't run out a pop up that dropped for a "single"?
You're not the first to ask that question.

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« Reply #3006 on: September 21, 2020, 07:13:27 pm »
So why did Ross decline to bench and publicly defended Baez after he didn't run out a pop up that dropped for a "single"?

I didn't hear or realize he'd publicly defended.  What did he say?  I wonder if after second thought, he realized he needed to discipline next time so these kinds of habits don't become normal and acceptable? 
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Deeg

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« Reply #3007 on: September 21, 2020, 07:26:14 pm »
I didn't hear or realize he'd publicly defended.  What did he say?  I wonder if after second thought, he realized he needed to discipline next time so these kinds of habits don't become normal and acceptable? 

Basically, "I don't want to be a manager who quibbles over every little thing, and Javy busts his ass out there every day."

I think the board will attest that no one has been a bigger and more persistent Javy backer than me.  But the guy has a history of these sorts of moments, which I've never hesitated to point out, and I think pulling him over one makes much more sense than Schwarber, who has no such history.

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« Reply #3008 on: September 21, 2020, 07:56:12 pm »
If Bryant is indeed done for the season, you have to wonder if the Cubs might non-tender him.  He's due $20 million or so and obviously has negative trade value at that salary.  Do you want to be on the hook for $20 million for a lame duck year of this Bryant, especially when ownership is crying poverty at every turn?

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« Reply #3009 on: September 22, 2020, 03:56:05 pm »
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Ross: Kris Bryant getting treatment now. Feeling better today. Still some stiffness.

"You have to be cautious with this thing," Ross said. "To me, that's a good sign."

Not in lineup and not available, but Ross still optimistic it's not an IL thing.

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« Reply #3010 on: September 22, 2020, 04:03:46 pm »
If Bryant is indeed done for the season, you have to wonder if the Cubs might non-tender him.  He's due $20 million or so and obviously has negative trade value at that salary.  Do you want to be on the hook for $20 million for a lame duck year of this Bryant, especially when ownership is crying poverty at every turn?

2021 is not going to be a normal payroll year for ANY club, with the uncertainties about fan attendance, vaccine or not.

So, who knows how any individual player will be handled. On his podcast today, Buster noted that Rockies may try to get out from under Arenado’s long-term deal and that Cubs might be in the picture (Cards too). Maybe (my speculation) Cubs could send Bryant to Rockies as a one-year salary offset and work out other offsets for Arenado’s additional years. Think we’ve discussed variations on this theme before.

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« Reply #3011 on: September 22, 2020, 04:25:11 pm »
Cubs should be careful with Arenado. He wasn't as bad as Bryant this year, but he was pretty close. The Cubs definitely don't want to lock into the 2020 version of Arenado for the next several years.

It sounds like he tried to play through a shoulder injury for a lot of this year, so that was probably the problem.

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« Reply #3012 on: September 22, 2020, 04:35:41 pm »
Obviously, you have to do your due diligence with a guy locked in so long at big bucks, but nobody is a sure thing.

Buster seemed pretty sure Rockies would have to pay down a chunk of Arenado’s deal to move him, so there’s that, and might not get back major prospects either.

Whatever Cubs offered to Boras/Bryant awhile back, it must have been a sizable amount to lock down 3B. All bets are off in these times, but one would think Cubs like Arenado's typical overall game.

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« Reply #3013 on: September 22, 2020, 04:41:29 pm »
Boy is this winter going to be weird.  How are teams going to handle not only the financial problems from this year, but also the very poor performances of Bryant, Baez and other star players, along with the unknown effects of Covid-19 next year.

For the Cubs, with only one year left on Bryant, Baez, Schwarber and Rizzo (though Cubs have an option on him), as well as Epstein himself, what are the priorities going to be with Happ and Heyward being the most reliable hitters this season?

Strange times, indeed.

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« Reply #3014 on: September 22, 2020, 06:09:24 pm »
IMO, I think the Cubs offseason is going to be pretty predictable. It'll involve them shedding a lot of money and not spending nearly enough to adequately replace what they lost.
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