I was able to talk some Cubs with some great baseball people.
One a former pitcher and analyst, got a chance to catch some of Jeff Samardzija’s start today and shared some thoughts.
He confirmed that Samardzija has all the tools to be a top of the rotation pitcher, as we have been discussing here of late.
However, he thinks “Shark” lost his concentration in the rough fifth inning against a mentally tough, smart hitting Cardinals team today.
“You can’t do that against teams like that. They will make you pay.”
I wondered if Samardzija was possibly waning after putting in consecutive 100 plus pitch starts. He didn't buy that and claimed pitchers should be able to pitch deep into games by now, especially a young horse.
I also was able to speak to an AL exec and ask him what the plan could be for Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer now that the CBA rules have changed. He thinks they (Theo and Jed) are just too smart to not find another way and says the key could be free agency.
He claims many players are going to want to play here, citing the city, park, manager, and the front office all as factors. He thinks it will be quite an advantage.
He also points to 2 years from now, when the Cubs could once again be players. At that time there could be a culmination of significant money coming off the books, and players like Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro, Brett Jackson developing.
There has been ample discussion about the direction of this organization, but it’s always nice to hear smart baseball people confirm that it is going in the right one.