The Cubs front office has told us about their plan to have waves of pitching coming through their system.
However, if you listen to the Cubs GM lately he sounds a little bit more focused on the other end. Jed Hoyer made the usual rounds (media tour) this week and some of his comments are worth discussing, as usual. Hoyer visited “The David Kaplan Show” on WGN Radio Friday night to discuss a wide range of topics -- listen to the interview here.
This time Hoyer spoke about waves of offense.
Top hitting prospects Javier Baez, Albert Almora, Jorge Soler and 2013 first-round pick Kris Bryant were all mentioned. Not to exclude Dan Vogelbach and Arismendy Alcantara.
"Obviously everyone loves to win the 2-1 games, but I also think when fans come to the ballpark, having a team that can really hit, really drive in runs and score a lot on any given day, hopefully that’s the kind of team that we’re developing," Hoyer said.
"So I think that’s an area we feel really good about. I wish those guys were a little bit closer -- we can’t really speed up the clock -- but at the same time I think it’s a really good wave of young hitting talent."
This also from Hoyer earlier this season;
``The best teams blow [other] teams out. To our credit, we've only been blown out once. To our detriment, we have zero blowouts on our side of the ledger.''
Hoyer also spoke glowingly about Alcantara with Len Kasper while he discussed Tennessee’s new dynamic duo.
Many will tell you pitching and defense win championships. However, Theo Epstein and Hoyer have had some success constructing offensive-laden championship teams. Yes, those Red Sox teams had some top-heavy rotations, but it’s hard to argue that offense didn't carry those clubs. Maybe this is what Epstoyer had in mind all along. Build a team with elite bats, while trying to create volume in pitching.
Hoyer isn’t kidding about offense being fan friendly either.
Nothing looks worse than an offensively challenged team. Teams that struggle to score runs can give the appearance they aren’t giving max effort. That doesn’t appear to be the case here however, as Dale Sveum seems to keep this team on its toes.
In this suddenly daunting NL Central, the timetable could be pushed back another year. A younger dynamic offensive club could keep the fan base energized in the meantime.
It’s too bad the Cubs can’t speed up the timetable on those young bats as Hoyer mentioned. With a legit offense this team could already be viable with the pitching they have received. This Cubs team has a winning record (28-23) when scoring more than three runs.
They are 23-6 when they reach five runs in a game. But when Cubs pitchers give up four runs or more, they are 6-40.
Can't wait until surfs up.
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