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by Bertz
Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 roster
Replies: 360
Views: 15297

Re: 2020 roster

I've been playing around with payroll numbers this year, and while it sucks that things are tight for us they're also really tight for the Brewers and Cards. The Brewers are right around last year's payroll already, before adding anyone. They do have about a dozen players in arb, so they could scrou...
by Bertz
Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:11 am
Forum: Other Sports
Topic: Week 6: Saints at Bears Sunday at 3:25 (2weeks2stew)
Replies: 150
Views: 3088

Re: Week 6: Saints at Bears Sunday at 3:25 (2weeks2stew)

I know that I should duck and cover after this, but maybe the Saints defense, especially the run defense, is elite and judging Trubisky on his first week back against this team isn’t a fair assessment? I mean, there was no running room in the first half. Great D line vs a horsefeathers O line. The ...
by Bertz
Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:29 am
Forum: Social
Topic: TV thread
Replies: 3765
Views: 294865

Re: TV thread

First episode of Watchman was awesome, and even having watched a season or two of Southland I was still very pleasantly surprised at how much ass Regina King can kick.
by Bertz
Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Cubs Manager Search
Replies: 253
Views: 13254

Re: Cubs Manager Search

I suppose Ross could have already quietly had a second interview, or the Cubs know him well enough that it wasn't necessary. I'm thinking the job might be Espada's to lose though. Yeah I’m guessing they either did a second interview/have had follow up stuff with Ross or spent more time with him in ...
by Bertz
Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: Other Sports
Topic: Week 6: Saints at Bears Sunday at 3:25 (2weeks2stew)
Replies: 150
Views: 3088

Re: Week 6: Saints at Bears Sunday at 3:25 (2weeks2stew)

The fun part is that they have no real ability to change directions for at least a couple of years. It’s just gonna be progressively worse, less hopeful versions of this. Now that NFL teams actually do trades, I honestly wonder if we see a fire sale. Like you could move Robinson, Burton. and a coup...
by Bertz
Fri Oct 18, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings
Replies: 1835
Views: 202006

Re: Minor League Musings

A lot of big ideas in here, most of them good IMO

by Bertz
Fri Oct 18, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: sometimes deck chairs need to be rearranged
Replies: 7
Views: 491

Re: sometimes deck chairs need to be rearranged

Based on the article on this in The Athletic this morning, the FO's POV on this is that they mostly had the right minds in the org already, but that they did not have the proper level of influence and authority to execute on the level of an org like the Astros: The Cubs believe they’ve been innovati...
by Bertz
Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Cubs Manager Search
Replies: 253
Views: 13254

Re: Cubs Manager Search

Has Ross interviewed with any other team? If not - shouldn’t that be a concern? Not really. One, it's pretty clear he wants the Cubs job, so it may be that there's no point in interviewing him (at least until the Cubs job is filled by someone else). Two, 90% of a manager's job nowadays is the soft ...
by Bertz
Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: sometimes deck chairs need to be rearranged
Replies: 7
Views: 491

Re: sometimes deck chairs need to be rearranged



Something I didn't notice upon first read. Considering that Scouting Director is the most historically prestigious title after GM it's no wonder that that's the one they're going to use to bring in someone notable from outside the org.
by Bertz
Thu Oct 17, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: sometimes deck chairs need to be rearranged
Replies: 7
Views: 491

Re: sometimes deck chairs need to be rearranged

It's obviously impossible to judge any of these from the outside but Breslow at least has basically the perfect resume for his role. Him and Brian Bannister up in Boston were basically the OGs at this stuff from the team side of things.
by Bertz
Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: General Cubs Chit-Chat
Replies: 6681
Views: 539655

Re: General Cubs Chit-Chat

squally1313 wrote:I don't know the general consensus for when these new balls came into play.


ASB 2015. Then 2018 took a small step back, and 2019's ball really went insane
by Bertz
Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: General Cubs Chit-Chat
Replies: 6681
Views: 539655

Re: General Cubs Chit-Chat

I do think a de-juiced ball would help the Cubs offense, which was basically the crux of my last foray into the Schwarber thread, but I don't think it specifically helps or hurts our pitching staff. Like Yu and Strop got burned by the juiced ball, but the team as a whole was middle of the pack in H...
by Bertz
Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: General Cubs Chit-Chat
Replies: 6681
Views: 539655

Re: General Cubs Chit-Chat

I do think a de-juiced ball would help the Cubs offense, which was basically the crux of my last foray into the Schwarber thread, but I don't think it specifically helps or hurts our pitching staff. Like Yu and Strop got burned by the juiced ball, but the team as a whole was middle of the pack in HR...
by Bertz
Wed Oct 16, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 roster
Replies: 360
Views: 15297

Re: 2020 roster

Quite the contrary - from a Cubs perspective Rendon's contract status is a point in his favor. The only way he comes to Chicago is on a 5-6 year deal and Bryant is only locked down for 2. Honestly, I think the complete opposite. Free agency has been particularly unkind to guys in their mid 30's lat...
by Bertz
Wed Oct 16, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings
Replies: 1835
Views: 202006

Re: Minor League Musings

Woah, did not realize Emily Waldon started writing for BA. Glad that she's going to be writing about more than just Tigers prospects now.
by Bertz
Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Social
Topic: El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
Replies: 225
Views: 6955

Re: El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

Man, I like Sepinwall a LOT, but I always disagree with the idea that "Felina" is a "redemption." Like, maybe in only the most basic, "YEAH, HEISENBERG HEISENBERGED SOME NAZIS" way. Beyond that...what? He MAYBE gets the money to his kids, but he has to further terrify ...
by Bertz
Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Social
Topic: El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
Replies: 225
Views: 6955

Re: El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

Re: Ending the show with Ozymandias If you read Alan Sepinwall's Breaking Bad 101, they talked about how each of the last four episodes could have functioned as the ending: - To'hajillee as the "the cop gets his man" ending - Ozymandias as the dark/nihilist ending - Granite State as the qu...
by Bertz
Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings
Replies: 1835
Views: 202006

Re: Minor League Musings

The MWL is a tough list to crack too because of the number of teams.

Very good to hear on Thompson. A 3000 RPM curveball would be top 10 in the league. Hopefully he can continue to refine his consistency and efficiency because the stuff is there.
by Bertz
Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Cubs Manager Search
Replies: 253
Views: 13254

Re: Cubs Manager Search

I wouldn't hate Kapler. He seems like a guy that will improve a lot in his second go around. Hell, I didn't hear too much negativity this past season beyond just general dissatisfaction with the Phillies.
by Bertz
Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 roster
Replies: 360
Views: 15297

Re: 2020 roster

What can be expected from Graveman, swingman out of the pen? He was a league average-ish starter before getting hurt. Plus his profile has some of the same markers as guys that have used data to optimize their pitch mix and turn into stars. Graveman has a sinker with really good velocity and a fair...
by Bertz
Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 roster
Replies: 360
Views: 15297

Re: 2020 roster

What can be expected from Graveman, swingman out of the pen? He was a league average-ish starter before getting hurt. Plus his profile has some of the same markers as guys that have used data to optimize their pitch mix and turn into stars. Graveman has a sinker with really good velocity and a fair...
by Bertz
Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings
Replies: 1835
Views: 202006

Re: Minor League Musings

A couple of holdovers from my notebook from the regular season: I saw Cubs lefty Brailyn Marquez, easily their top pitching prospect now, over Labor Day weekend at Wilmington, and he showed two plus-plus pitches with a 96-100 mph fastball and a slider at 86-88. He didn't throw a fastball under 98 i...
by Bertz
Sun Oct 13, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 roster
Replies: 360
Views: 15297

Re: 2020 roster

Since MLBTR put out their Arb numbers, I've been playing with salary for the next few offseasons, and next offseason looks really tight. I have payroll right around $200M already if we exercise Lester's option (more on that in a minute). And that's BEFORE committing additional money this winter. Ho...
by Bertz
Sun Oct 13, 2019 12:53 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 roster
Replies: 360
Views: 15297

Re: 2020 roster

Since MLBTR put out their Arb numbers, I've been playing with salary for the next few offseasons, and next offseason looks really tight. I have payroll right around $200M already if we exercise Lester's option (more on that in a minute). And that's BEFORE committing additional money this winter. Ho...
by Bertz
Sat Oct 12, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 roster
Replies: 360
Views: 15297

Re: 2020 roster

Since MLBTR put out their Arb numbers, I've been playing with salary for the next few offseasons, and next offseason looks really tight. I have payroll right around $200M already if we exercise Lester's option (more on that in a minute). And that's BEFORE committing additional money this winter. Tha...

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