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by Duke Silver
Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Monty to DL
Replies: 18
Views: 348

Re: Monty to DL

Not good at all. And completely unexpected. I was prepared for this exact news but about Quintana. Go find some pitching that cleared waivers.
by Duke Silver
Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: The Cardinals
Replies: 2337
Views: 154273

Re: The Cardinals

There's a 95% chance Craig Edwards wrote that under a pseudonym.
by Duke Silver
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: This is the thread where we talk about how awesome Kris Bryant is
Replies: 598
Views: 45910

Re: This is the thread where we talk about how awesome Kris Bryant is

"His shoulder injury might be permanently damaging him as a hitter but at least he had a .787 OPS in 47 July PAs before throwing in the towel" is peak Duke and he didn't even post it. I'm usually not optimistic when it comes to injuries, and I'm not with Bryant, either. I do agree with th...
by Duke Silver
Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: General Cubs Chit-Chat
Replies: 4988
Views: 286993

Re: General Cubs Chit-Chat

Yep. Rene Rivera would be a perfect addition for that role.
by Duke Silver
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:02 am
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: The Terrible Umpires Thread
Replies: 81
Views: 7039

Re: The Terrible Umpires Thread

Never forget Phil Cuzzi. He was the plate umpire for the no hitter by Hamels, both of the losses by Jake after May 17, 2015, the hack job that was Game 1 of the NLDS and the only umpire to ever eject Miguel Montero (catcher of 8000+ innings and batter of 4000+ plate appearances). Add the only umpir...
by Duke Silver
Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: "horsefeathers looks like The Thing" - The Kyle Schwarber Thread
Replies: 363
Views: 36969

Re: "horsefeathers looks like The Thing" - The Kyle Schwarber Thread

I agree this is probably best-case scenario, too. His arm makes up for him being a big lug in a corner outfield spot. But he's not going to have much value on defense. His power is topped out unless he starts getting the ball in the air more often. He's always going to strike out because he is so p...
by Duke Silver
Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: "horsefeathers looks like The Thing" - The Kyle Schwarber Thread
Replies: 363
Views: 36969

Re: "horsefeathers looks like The Thing" - The Kyle Schwarber Thread

I agree this is probably best-case scenario, too. His arm makes up for him being a big lug in a corner outfield spot. But he's not going to have much value on defense. His power is topped out unless he starts getting the ball in the air more often. He's always going to strike out because he is so pa...
by Duke Silver
Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Addison Russell
Replies: 506
Views: 40929

Re: Addison Russell

He sucks and we were always wrong to not hate him.

Mostly, he's a horsefeathers person and can get horsefeathers.
by Duke Silver
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: "horsefeathers looks like The Thing" - The Kyle Schwarber Thread
Replies: 363
Views: 36969

Re: "horsefeathers looks like The Thing" - The Kyle Schwarber Thread

Overall, he's about what I was hoping for. I agree he's probably been a little unlucky with his strike zone. He's made real strides in making more contact and especially closing holes in his swing in the zone. He's also showing a better eye at the plate. I think his most significant changes have bee...
by Duke Silver
Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:55 am
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: David Bote is a Golden God and Deserves His Own Thread
Replies: 197
Views: 7183

Re: David Bote is a Golden God and Deserves His Own Thread

Bote ranks 15th among position players in the NL in WPA.
by Duke Silver
Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:11 am
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: David Bote is a Golden God and Deserves His Own Thread
Replies: 197
Views: 7183

Re: David Bote is a Golden God and Deserves His Own Thread

Bote walking past Chili in the dugout:

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by Duke Silver
Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:04 am
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: David Bote is a Golden God and Deserves His Own Thread
Replies: 197
Views: 7183

Re: David Bote is a Golden God and Deserves His Own Thread

TBS Playoffs Insider wrote:
champaignchris wrote:
The Grand Slam today was right at the bottom of the zone.


first thing i thought too


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by Duke Silver
Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:40 am
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: David Bote is a Golden God and Deserves His Own Thread
Replies: 197
Views: 7183

Re: David Bote is a Golden God and Deserves His Own Thread

TBS Playoffs Insider wrote:
champaignchris wrote:
The Grand Slam today was right at the bottom of the zone.


first thing i thought too


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by Duke Silver
Sun Aug 12, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: How much is 1 WAR worth?
Replies: 45
Views: 1049

Re: How much is 1 WAR worth?

Here's my honest assessment of our pitching right now. We need Darvish back and we need him to pitch well. It would be huge. We obviously shouldn't count on it and we all should probably plan for him to never throw another pitch for the 2018 Cubs. But one can hope. Kyle Hendricks is completely fine....
by Duke Silver
Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:10 am
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: How much is 1 WAR worth?
Replies: 45
Views: 1049

Re: How much is 1 WAR worth?

Also, the 2006 Red Sox finished with a negative run differential and accrued the 22nd-highest position player WAR. We're not the 2006 Red Sox.
by Duke Silver
Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:06 am
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: How much is 1 WAR worth?
Replies: 45
Views: 1049

Re: How much is 1 WAR worth?

The rotation pretty much all sucking when it was supposed to be our strength is one of the strangest things ever to me I really don't think the rotation was supposed to be our strength. Position players are more important. There are more of them. They play everyday. They are important to scoring ru...
by Duke Silver
Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:41 am
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: How much is 1 WAR worth?
Replies: 45
Views: 1049

Re: How much is 1 WAR worth?

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by Duke Silver
Sat Aug 11, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: David Bote is a Golden God and Deserves His Own Thread
Replies: 197
Views: 7183

Re: David Bote is a Golden God and Deserves His Own Thread

I tried to balance things out to prevent the Duke Curse from my praise in this thread and it went predictably.



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by Duke Silver
Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Cubs Sign Jorge De La Rosa
Replies: 9
Views: 333

Re: Cubs Sign Jorge De La Rosa

Our three replacement-level acquisitions are our three best pitchers, so why not try a below-replacement level guy? https://splicetoday.imgix.net/uploads/posts/photos/22935/holographic-universe-640x440-1.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.2&auto=format&dpr=2&fit=clamp&w=400&widths=%5B544%2C%207...

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