Category: Morning Cubs Roundup

Cubs will try to forget that first one; For fans, it will linger

Kyle Hendricks (photo by Stephanie Lynn) Wow. That first game was a rough one. The one starter everyone feels confident in, fell on his face. The bullpen performed down to our worst fears. The offense looked an awful lot like the playoff offense. It was cold. It was windy. It’s only 1 of a 162.... Read more »

The Next Five Years: Fixing The Offense

The Next Five Years: Fixing The Offense
Fact: The Cubs won a World Series with lots of free swingers in their lineup. Also a fact: The Cubs won a World Series with more than just free swingers in their lineup. The Cubs had 6 hitters qualify for the batting title in 2016. Three of them (Bryant, Russell, Fowler) struck out between 22-23% of... Read more »

The Next Five Years: Opening Thoughts

The Next Five Years: Opening Thoughts
I’ve been trying, and failing, to organize all of the disparate thoughts floating through in my head regarding recent events related to the Cubs, from Theo’s resignation, to news that Sinclair Broadcasting will begin offering a standalone RSN service sometime in 2021, to rumors regarding just how much payroll the Cubs must slash for next... Read more »
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Cubs Organizational Depth Chart: Iowa Cubs

Cubs Organizational Depth Chart: Iowa Cubs
There is still a great deal of uncertainty surrounding next season. Yes, the Major League season will take place, but how much it will resemble a normal season or the soon-to-be-completed 2020 variant is still up in the air. That means teams need to prepare not just for a typical MLB campaign accompanied by the... Read more »

Morning Cubs Roundup: Offseason schedule and updated arbitration estimates

Morning Cubs Roundup: Offseason schedule and updated arbitration estimates
Offseason Dates With the World Series set to kick off next week and conclude by the end of the month, now is a good time to refresh out memories regarding some important dates and focal points for the upcoming offseason. Free Agency: Free Agency will kick off five days after the conclusion of the World... Read more »

Morning Cubs Roundup: 2021 Contract Outlook

Morning Cubs Roundup: 2021 Contract Outlook
The Cubs have reached a critical junction this offseason. Much has been written regarding four core players entering their final season before becoming eligible for free agency. The same goes for three fifths of the Cubs 2020 entering free agency this offseason. With eight players in total set to enter free agency, lets take a... Read more »
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Morning Cubs Roundup: Where pitching stands heading into offseason

Morning Cubs Roundup: Where pitching stands heading into offseason
Cubs Current Roster Earlier this week I examined the Cubs roster from a position players perspective heading into the offseason. Now it is time to turn to the pitching side. As with the original post this won’t be a full deep dive into every potential scenario but rather a high level overview. This is going... Read more »

Morning Cubs Roundup: Where the roster stands heading into offseason

Morning Cubs Roundup: Where the roster stands heading into offseason
Cubs Current Roster I won’t be digging too deeply into the outlook and potential scenarios today. There’s plenty of time for that in the coming days and weeks. But I did want to provide a high-level overview of where the Cubs roster stands as they head into what figures to be a crucial offseason, beginning... Read more »

Morning Cubs Roundup: Not with a bang but a whimper

Morning Cubs Roundup: Not with a bang but a whimper
Last Game: Marlins 2, Cubs 0 Up Next: Building a new team for a new year, hopefully, each better than the last. I admit, I approached yesterday’s game with an inescapable feeling of ennui. I usually count myself among the hopeful. Even when I know a loss is likely I generally avoid becoming fatalistic. Maybe the grind that is... Read more »
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Morning Cubs Roundup: Cubs drop opener in heartbreaking but not unexpected fashion

Morning Cubs Roundup: Cubs drop opener in heartbreaking but not unexpected fashion
Last Game: Marlins 5, Cubs 1 Up Next: Marlins @ Cubs, 1:08 CST, ESPN/670 AM Game Recap I suppose we shouldn’t be shocked by the outcome from Game 1. Are the Cubs a better team than the Marlins? They sure are. But are the Cubs a flawed team susceptible to horrifying slumps which render them... Read more »