Game Post 5/26

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Lineups

Reds

1. Nick Senzel (R) CF
2. Joey Votto (L) 1B
3. Eugenio Suarez (R) 3B
4. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
5. Jose Iglesias (R) SS
6. Jesse Winker (L) LF
7. Jose Peraza (R) 2B
8. Curt Casali (R) C
Cubs
1. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
2. Kris Bryant (R) RF
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Javier Baez (R) SS
6. Jason Heyward (L) CF
7. David Bote (R) 3B
8. Daniel Descalso (L) 2B
9. Jose Quintana (R) P
Bullpen Usage
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Lineups and Bullpen Usage via Baseball Press.

Opposing pitcher

Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.

Tanner Roark: Tanner Roark has thrown 16,221 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2013 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason, The World Baseball Classic and Spring Training. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Sinker using a Two-seam Fastball grip (92mph), Slider (86mph) and Fourseam Fastball (92mph), also mixing in a Curve (76mph) and Change (85mph).

His sinker has less armside run than typical, has little sinking action compared to a true sinker and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers. His slider has less than expected depth. His fourseam fastball has essentially average velo and has slightly less natural movement than typical. His curve has a sharp downward bite, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves, has slight glove-side movement and has slightly below average velo. His change has slight armside fade.

Sean's Note: Roark was good against the Cubs two starts ago. Unfortunately the best hitter against him that game was Kyle Hendricks, who likely won't bat against him. He is striking out more hitters, but also walking more. He is allowing a ton of line drives, so he is giving up hard contact. It's just been finding gloves so far this season.

Final Thoughts: The Cubs pushed Yu Darvish to avoid the bullpen Saturday, they may do the same with José Quintana. Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo continue to dominate in the month of May. David Bote starts after his big hit to win the game yesterday.

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  • A good start by Quintana would be a big help keeping the BP fresh for their upcoming road trip. I'd also like to see a good game from Descalso today. Nobody expected a .300 hitter, but that .278 OBP is a rally killer. Time to step it up, Daniel.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Maybe your Russell reverse jinx will work on Descalso today.

  • In reply to stix:

    It worked pretty good for Russell yesterday! We'll see...

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    I like Maddon's thinking playing Descalso. He has a .118/.190/.197 slash line since April 19th. Why would you want to start Russell after his 3 hit day yesterday.

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    Of course Votto starts hitting like the Votto of old when he comes here. Len also mentioned in TV The he has a 39 game steak of reaching base at Wrigley. That’s why it seems like he’s always hurting the Cubs, because he is!
    Soft contact by the Reds but they still count. Keep them to 2 and this isn’t terrible.

  • The score is 2-0 but the Cubs hit the ball hard against Roark in the first whereas I’ve counted 2 hard hit balls against Q in 2 innings. Baseball is a funny game

  • In reply to TC154:

    I was thinking the same thing. That looks bad in the box score and on the scoreboard, but that was just some bad luck.

    Some other random (and rambling) notes:

    Happy 38th birthday, Been Zobrist.

    RIP, Bart Starr.

    How neat is it to see the name Yastrzemski back in a MLB box score?

    I mentioned a couple days ago I saw a tweet that Ron Coomer was on the radio and said Morrow had suffered a setback. I tracked down the tweet and had some communication with them this morning. They said Coomer was referring to Morrow's setback a month ago, They admitted it was a poorly worded tweet, making it sound like another setback, and said they received a lot of feedback from concerned fans. They apologized for the poor wording. So, no worries on Morrow, or at least no more than we already have.

    The death by a thousand paper cuts continues in today's game, but a crooked number here in the bottom of the 3rd gets us right back in it.

    Go Cubs!

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    "Been" Zobrist. Well done!

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    I didn't do that, my phone did. But I noticed that Freudian slip as well.

  • Nice catch by Descalso. This guy needs to go so Maddon can't play him anymore.

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    I agree man, I am sure Descalso is a swell guy and all but he does absolutely NOTHING to help the Cubs win .. I hope its some kind of slump but he appears to be the worst player in baseball..

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    even a blind squirrel can find an acorn once in awhile,,, nice
    play DD

  • Boy the trio of Senzel Votto and Suárez are really wearing us out. It seems those guys have their prints on every run they score, and it seems they produce runs constantly this series. Some soft fortunate hits for them plus Joey Votto suddenly emerging after a horrible start to his season. I feel like we didn’t catch this team at a good time but it’s still early and roarks pitch count is rapidly increasing

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    81 pitches through 4. I don't see him going past 6.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Contrast with the Cubs 1-2 today - Schwarber has struck out twice leading off an inning, with the obligatory stink-eye to the umpire after feebly taking strike three. Bryant has the second out, twice, followed by hits by BOTH Rizzo and Baez. Schwarbs leads off again in the 5th - let's see if he can do something different...

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    In reply to Cliff1969:

    Just turned the game on the Tv after listening in the car. Sure it was a different Schwarbenator at bat......... I refuse to believe Roark will continue to shut us out

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Agreed barley and cliff and that’s not to
    Insult those 2. They’ve been outstanding since Kyle was put into the leadoff spot and KB is a player of the month candidate. But yeah we’ve been hurt with Rizzo batting with 2 outs constantly today. also doesn’t help when Eugenio Suárez looks as locked in as I’ve seen a hitter all year. He’s one of the most underrated players in baseball playing for the lowly reds despite making an all star team. I’d walk the guy if the situation allowed it he’s in the zone right now

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    He's hot and highly underrated. Reds stole him from the Tigers. Fun Stat for Suarez is that his 1st MLB hit ( as a tiger) was a HR off then Redsox starter, Jon Lester.

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    Thankfully I switched on the Brewers game during commercial and there goes Brandon Woodrfuff's perfecto and shut out

  • Am I the only one who thinks Heyward is no more than a placeholder in CF? He never seems to do much defensively except catch the fly balls hit right to him. He seems to be an out of place excellent RF.

    Seems to play too deep compared to AA . Fortunately the 4th inning play didn’t cost the cubs thanks to the DP.

  • In reply to stix:

    I agree with you and I would even be willing to bet Heyward would also. He was involved with collision with KB now and KB is coming out now. I don't know whose fault it was but these kind of things tend to happen more often when players are playing unfamiliar positions and/or next to unfamiliar players.

    Almora is and has been on a roll. He should not sit until he starts a mini slump. I saw the lineup and haven't been watching this game until now. I just turned it on and now I am going to turn it off.

  • Javy being Javy is no fun when he doesn’t get any hits. 6 pitches , not one in the zone. Would be nice if he takes a pitch that isn’t a strike.

  • In reply to stix:

    He’s 2 for 3. Jeez. Tough crowd.

  • In reply to stix:

    Correction rbucato he’s 3/4 with a home run. I’ll take the bad that comes with javy given all the good that he brings. We just got beat today it’s nobodys fault tip your cap to the reds on bringing their A game this series

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    this game is not fun to watch thus far ,,,
    No energy ,

  • Bad communication. Throw to 3b???

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    Cant believe I am saying this but I am actually going to turn this game off.. I see NOTHING that leads me to believe the Cubs will win .. FUDGE

  • Is Maddon the only one who doesn't know that Edwards does not like pitching with runners on base?

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Are you saying Maddon should only put him in to start an inning? And then pull him as soon as somebody reaches base?
    It doesn’t work that way if you want to be a mlb bullpen pitcher. He should be in AAA then. And that’s not Maddon ‘s fault he isn’t

  • In reply to Cubpack:

    That's what I am saying pretty much. It's how it looks to me.

  • In reply to Cubpack:

    Yes, he SHOULD be in AAA, but he's not. His tendency to fall apart with runners in scoring position is well known. I'd much rather have seen Quintana finish the 6th and Edwards start the 7th. Jose would have had to reach deep to outsuck Edwards there...

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Many things that Joe doesn’t seem to know. Maybe he’s trying to get Edwards mentally right. Would be nice if he could , Edwards does seem to have great stuff at times.

  • In reply to stix:

    That’s funny. Maddon has probably forgotten more about baseball than you & I have ever known, combined

  • In reply to stix:

    You can’t put Edwards mental issues on Joe. For goodness sake these are professional pitchers they don’t need to be cuddled. And to blame the manager for this is a joke.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Would a "cuddle" be more effective than a "coddle?" Whatever works, man.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    Sorry, where did I blame Joe for anything relating to Edwards? I guessed he was trying to get Edwards over his non physical issues.

  • Maddon is stubborn or wears blinders. He only sees what he wants to see. You can tell by listening to his post game interviews.

  • Am I the only one that actually wants to see Russell in the lineup more? Descalso isn’t getting it done especially after being placed on the injured list. We’ve seen him cost the team runs with his defense today as well. I’m not fond of addy the person and completely sympathize with anyone’s bitterness towards him. But the facts are he gives the team the best chance to win. He’s outplaying Descalso at the plate and obviously in the field

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    I think the decision today was based on the matchup with Roark. But I do think we start seeing more Addy at 2B. He gives us a better chance to win.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    He can also play Bote at second also. Actually, he can put in anybody on the bench instead of Descalso by moving the players back to where they belong.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    I think the reason Heyward was in CF with KB in RF, instead of Almora Jr. in CF, was the same reason as not starting Addy. AA doesn't match up well vs. Roark.

    Baseball has become a game of a billion numbers, and like world-class poker, you just play the odds. Over time, you'll come out ahead. But you don't always win.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    I hate the person and think the player is pretty mediocre. But I root for the name on the front of the jersey. I am with you KK. Russell needs to be in there every day. Descalso and Bote are jokes for everyday offensive players. They are best in PH roles or in very small doses. Addison gives the Cubs a better chance.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    Agreed with all 3 of you. I know Descalso is a lefty and the plan was to utilize him against certain righties, but he’s gotta hit to have any value bc he’s not the best defensive option. I’d give him some time off to clear his head and work with the hitting coaches on the side. Who knows too he may not be 100% healthy and he’s not talented enough to overcome not being 100%. I’d mainly use bote and Russell until/if zobrist is back. Not to say Descalso can’t earn his spot back if he starts hitting again, but he’s been a liability these past 3-4 weeks.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Do we know for sure Ben is coming back?

  • In reply to DarBar15:

    I don't think even he knows, yet.

  • In reply to DarBar15:

    I’d guess yes I’ve heard some disturbing rumors on the divorce that I’ll disclose when more information becomes public, because I’m simply not comfortable sharing details with no public reports to back up what I’m hearing. It’s no guarantee because Bens close to the end of his career anyways. My theory is that zobrist needs time in the short term to deal with divorce proceedings in Nashville. But I’d like to think he maybe back for the 2nd half. I hope so at least the cubs may need more middle infield help if he doesn’t return. We’re not exactly getting great production at 2B

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    I'm thinking his time off has more to do with his kids than with the actual divorce proceedings. I've seen some of those "rumors," too. Juliana's weird posts on social media do nothing to dispel them.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    I can confirm there is a custody dispute cliff and let’s just say Ben has a pretty good chance to win. Felt bad for the guy with some online before the facts finger pointing at him being the professional athlete. I’ll leave it at this when I say that unlike many other high profile athlete divorces, Ben isn’t the person at fault in this case it appears

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Maybe, but I learned from my own experience that "fault" doesn't matter much in custody disputes, it's all about "fitness to parent." I'm selfish in that I hope Ben returns, but my first concern is for the family.

  • I've been looking around, scoreboard watching, anything to find some good news right now. Coming up empty.

    That collision between Heyward and Bryant is scary. As Len said, that was two large humans running into one another. The thing that scares me is it didn't seem to be a pain issue. KB got his bell rang. I saw that same glazed look and body language when he got hit in the head with the pitch. Hopefully taking him out is an overabundance of caution based on his concussion history, but he was dazed.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    If he has a concussion won't he be out awhile. What is the protocol for a concussion(s)?

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    I can't recall the concussion protocol of the top of my head, I've had several myself. :)

    I do know they've tightened it up to be more cautious. I know there is now some type of checklist, possibly even with independent input, before a player can be cleared to continue.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Bryant’s fault though.....he should have peeled off on that play

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    It looked like they were both calling for it, but yeah, Bryant needs to give way.

    He's a smart player. He hurt himself a couple times with the head-first slides, so he doesn't do them any more. Hopefully he learns from this.

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    One thing w the Bryant Collision, it didn't seem like his head got directly hit directly by Heyward, except maybe J-Hay's torso. Hopefully its more precautionary like stated above or make he twisted his neck in a semi whip lash type injury?

    I not usually a half full type guy, but I believe KB will be okay, and he will not have a concussion. ( least I hope n pray )

    Some semi positive news around the league. I didn't realize how solid of seasons some of our former Farm Hands have been having....

    Torres is .290/.335/.545 w 13 HRs and 29 rbis while playing a good SS
    Soler is .249/.300/.490 w 12 hrs w 33 rbi's and is starting to look healthy finally,

    LaStella w .295/.364/.555 w 12 Hrs and 31 rbi's either hitting primarily at the bottom of the lineup or leadoff w only 11ks vs 13 walks ! ( surely we could use his bat while TLS and Bote are struggling along w Been Zobrist MIA.

    Vogelbomb w .252/.390/.604 w 14 bombs and 30 rbi's

    Hopefully this means that we should expect some from of our minor leaguers as they move up the ranks. I like the fact that Brennen Davis ( 2nd rounder) is at South Bend now, and I think he is someone we could see in Chicago in 3-4 years. He may be the hitter we thought Heyward was going to be !

    Now the hard part, we need some pitchers to flow up from the system!

    Right after the top of the 8th, Len said "Lets get that run back"....... I am thinking to myself, we are down 7, LOL. Javy said hell yea and launched one ! Nice afternoon for the middle of the order w all 4 w multi hit games.

  • Caratini pitched? Joe threw in the towel again. What kind of message is he sending to the players? Why are they even batting in the ninth?

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    In reply to clarkAddson:

    I remember years back Len said something to the effect that part of being a manager is also knowing how to lose games. Sometimes you need to save your bullets for another day, and the bullpen has been used a lot lately.

  • In reply to John Winter:

    Yep... too bad other teams playing us don't think that way, huh? How many games have we lost to teams coming back to beat us?

  • In reply to John Winter:

    Yes.

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    I was looking at Vogelbach's numbers a few days ago. He started out great but in May he's only hitting .191 with an OBP of .304 and SLG of .471. The league is catching up to him and now he has to re-adjust.
    I didn't see the collision, does it look bad for either of them?

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    I just saw it. He (KB) looks dazed, and he doesn't need another head injury with what he had last year. It doesn't appear that he hit his head on Heyward's elbow or bone, but still, these injuries can be cumulative too.
    An all around bad day for the Cubs.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I think his sunglasses probably hurt his nose in the collision, at least I hope so. That would probably be less of a problem than a concussion again.

  • This probably won't be a popular take, but today I saw the dreaded "lack of intensity" all over the Cubs today. From the botched rundown play that turned into the first Reds run to outfield collision, botched double play balls, and even Almora's lackadaisical play after a single, resulting a bad throw and a runner on 2nd (who also scored), the Cubs didn't play like their heads were in the game today. Playing a last place team at home SHOULD be a time to gain some ground on Milwaukee. Instead, they're headed to Houston for a tough series - possibly without their 3rd baseman.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    I'm with you here. I try not to live or die with every win or loss. Sometimes we get beat, it happens. We did today. But I didn't like the way we lost. We were flat, and didn't execute.

    I saw a couple articles earlier today talking about how Maddon is having an easier time this year making out lineups. There is less urgency, both on his part and I assume directives from above, to balance performance and development. It's all about performance now.

    As we've discussed throughout this game post, I see some changes coming as to how playing time is divvied up going forward. This performance-based theme will continue.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    What do you mean by less urgency BP? I thought Theo said there was to be more urgency??? Maybe there should be more performance based lineups and leave the development to the Minors.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Sorry BP, that came out wrong. What do THEY mean by less urgency??? Since the majority of our "core" players all have over 3+ years experience including one WS, our lineups now should be performance-based and leave the development to the Minors which I thought that is what the Minors are for, especially being a step-by-step process..

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    That's a good question, no need to clarify. What I meant was not less urgency to win, but less urgency to balance winning vs. urgency to get playing time for developing players. In years past, including last year, Joe had to get playing time for young guys, sometimes to the detriment of the team. This season Happ is in Iowa and Almora Jr. rarely starts. The urgency is on winning today's game, and if a young player rides more pine than would be a perfect scenario for his development, so be it.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Which "performance based" lineup would you suggest? Descalso, 0 for 2 with a strikeout. Russell? 0 for 2 with a strikeout. Descalso did walk twice, so he at least contributed something offensively. Start Almora in CF? Well, today he was 0 for 2 with a strikeout. Bote could have started at 2B, he was 1 for 3 plus a walk, so he reached the same number of times as Descalso. Based on performance, it's hard to agree that a different lineup would have made a difference.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    What I mean by performance-based is play the hottest players from the previous GAMES (pl.) (and definitely the most talented) on an regular updated basis. It certainly can not be based on today's results until after the game is played, duh? LOL.

    What's so hard to figure out? There will be some players in a mini slump and some players in a mini hot streak, hopefully. But, in NO case think a week ahead and make out the lineups just to give everyone playing time. There will be enough player slumps to give everyone enough playing time. If a player is continually having problems he should continue to sit or go down to the Minors to get straightened out and let someone more deserving ply instead.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Yeah, I was scratching my head over today's lineup, too. I'm sure Maddon has more information than I do but sitting both Almora and Russell seemed like giving up both offense and defense for the game today. I hope it didn't cost Bryant in the process.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Sure Maddon has more info than we do but there is no rhyme nor reason why he does some of the things he does if he is truly concerned with winning. You can not win by giving up or getting complacent. In his post-game analysis of Darvish's game, he said something to the effect that he let Darvish come out in the 8th inning because it will help him gain confidence by showing him he can actually pitch to the 8th inning. I think that reasoning is good however, then why does he continue to pull starters when they aren't even in trouble? Today, he pitched Caratini because he thinks his BP is too stretched out. If he truly thinks that, then why does he continue to pull starters needlessly?

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Since Javy was 3-22 before today, would that merit his replacement you the hot hitting Russell?

  • In reply to stix:

    Did you actually read what I said or is this the best you can to figure out what I said? Let me help you. I will quote what I said right here so you will understand what you read:

    "play the hottest players from the previous GAMES (pl.) (and definitely the most talented) on an regular updated basis."

    What part didn't you understand?

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    I guess I don’t have your technical ability but if I understand your thoughts on the non core, Bote would have played second Saturday because he was 3-8 in his last 4 games while Russell was 3-20 in his last 8 games. Wouldn’t seem that Russell met your “hottest” theory.

    Why did Russell play Saturday? When you’re noncore that means you don’t play every game and a 3-20 streak isn’t very exciting. I’m guessing the mgr has his reasons for what he does. When Russell goes 3-4 that’s a great call but if he went 0-4 would that also be a great call?

    As someone else pointed out Bote was better than Descalso or Russell today does that mean he plays tomorrow? I have no clue but I’d rather Russell play second.

    I don’t believe Heyward should be in center unless there’s a good reason to sit Almora. Right now Almora shouldn’t sit but that’s not my call. , that’s my opinion.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    No one's opinion is necessarily right or wrong but the more thought one puts into their opinions based upon the current circumstances, the more chance they have of being the best choice. Even then, what seems the best choice at the time doesn't mean it was the right choice. The only real way to know that is to look back on the results of those opinions. We can only try to do our best at any given time.

    Joe seems to try to think ahead and there is nothing wrong with that if you let that HELP you to make a correct choice or decision WHEN THE TIME COMES. However, making your choices ahead of time is at best "pot luck" without considering the current situation.

    Joe has stated more than once that he makes the lineups ahead of time and tries to play everyone fairly "to keep them fresh" . The only problem I have with that is what I stated above. I realize the managers are "caught between a rock and a hard place" due to trying to please everyone but no matter how you look at it, WINNING is the most important thing a manager can do.

  • In reply to stix:

    Javy as well as Bryzzo should be in the lineup every day assuming good health how is that a fair comparison lol? Clark’s not even blaming maddon the team got blown out how can anyone blame joe for this one? He’s just saying Descalso is getting too many ABs given his recent poor performance. It’s a completely fair viewpoint and I’m guessing maddon is starting to have the same thoughts. He’s given Descalso plenty of chances but the guys getting outplayed by others

  • I'm listening to Maddon's post-game presser right now. He says KB is being checked out at this moment, Joe literally had to leave that examination to take the mic. He doesn't know anything, but I think he would have said if it was bad. Or if it wasn't. We're squarely in ? territory at the moment.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    That is one thing I have never done and that is listen to a Maddon post game presser. I don't think I could take it.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Looks as if he was slapped in the face with the glove and the sunglasses got him pretty good.....he should be ok but I never wanna see him get hit in the head again.....looks very glass-jawed when it happens.

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    That could be. As many others have noted, I didn't see a hard hit to the head. I am going off more of his body language afterwards. He looked dazed and his head seemed to be still.

    Maddon did mention an injury to the head or neck. Maybe his neck was stiff, and that explains his stiff posture.

    I don't know. I hope for the best. I'd really hate to lose a player that is even better than El Mago.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    One has to account for what his brain is doing bouncing around inside as well. It could be more violent than it looks. Also, this could be his second concussion that we know of. It's accuminative.

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    As much as Joe is criticized here imagine what other managers are going through in their cities. Since he's been here we've won 90+ games every year, been in the NLCS 3 times and won the WS once.
    Every other manager has done worse than that--well, LA was in the WS twice but didn't win. I think we should take a longer view and see the forest and not the individual trees. We are going to look back on this period as one of the golden eras of Cubs history.

  • C'mon Jonathan. No one is perfect and therefore should be criticized when he needs it. The past is the past and I am a Cubs Fan that wants to see them continue to do well, but that will not happen if they don't constantly strive to get better. I love Joe for what he has done for us Cub fans but I don't want to go downhill. If we don't win another WS, then we are going downhill and our "window" is shrinking. Think about it, you and I along with most others are constantly wanting to see Theo's FOP to bring in fresh blood instead of staying where we are now.

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    In reply to clarkAddson:

    I’m not saying that Joe shouldn’t be criticized, but that other are being criticized much more than Joe simply because winning takes a lot more moves that work out than don’t. If Joe pinch hits for Scwarbs and Caratini comes in and doubles or homers he’ll be praised, but if he strikes out he won’t be. In many more cities that move doesn’t work as well.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    I look at the Braves in the 90's and Bobby Cox. As great as they were with 14 consecutive division titles, they have ONE WS victory to show for it. I agree with Jonathan that this will be remembered as a "golden era," but I want OUR golden era to have more than one world championship!

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    I agree with both of you. However, unless his name is "GOD" or "Jesus Christ", he will be making mistakes. I can accept that until he keeps making the same mistakes over and over even after he sees they are not working.

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    In reply to clarkAddson:

    Absolutely. That has to be one of the great disappointments of sports history when the Atlanta Braves, with 3 HOF pitchers and one position player could only win 1 WS.
    With these core players I expected at least one but more than likely 2 or more championships.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I agree but they are going to have to play hard because there are a lot of good teams out there and it seems the balls are flying out of the parks at an unbelievable rate. We really can't afford to be lax or complacent and as we seen last year: EVERY GAME COUNTS". One game can make a difference.

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