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by Bertz
Mon Jul 22, 2019 3:30 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Trade targets 2019
Replies: 290
Views: 19023

Re: Trade targets 2019

Yeah they're not going to bring in Castellanos to be the weak side of a corner outfield platoon. I would guess though that Schwarber's going to lose some playing time rather than Schwarber-Heyward-Castellanos becoming the everyday alignment against righties. I'm also interested about the rumor that ...
by Bertz
Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: NL Central: Vaunted Defending Champion Brewers and others
Replies: 570
Views: 76360

Re: NL Central: Vaunted Defending Champion Brewers and others



Brewers losing their one good starting pitcher for at least a month.
by Bertz
Sat Jul 20, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Trade targets 2019
Replies: 290
Views: 19023

Re: Trade targets 2019

What do you think it would take to get MadBum? Yu Darvish two years ago is probably the best recent comp for Bumgarner, and the Dodgers had to give up a top 100 prospect close to MLB ready in Willie Calhoun and 2 other guys in their top 30 down in A ball So if we're using the same template it'd som...
by Bertz
Sat Jul 20, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Trade targets 2019
Replies: 290
Views: 19023

Re: Trade targets 2019

Since the Giants are apparently never going to lose again, Pillar and the relievers might be coming off the table. I don't get all the interest in Pillar. 30 yrs. old with a career slash of .260/.295/.400/.695 making about $6 million. Almora is making next to nothing is 25 yrs.old and has career nu...
by Bertz
Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: Jonah Keri beats his wife
Replies: 12
Views: 493

Re: Jonah Keri beats his wife

Oh man, I think they've got a couple of young kids too. Awful.
by Bertz
Fri Jul 19, 2019 3:51 am
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: The Terrible Umpires Thread
Replies: 128
Views: 21149

Re: The Terrible Umpires Thread

by Bertz
Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Trade targets 2019
Replies: 290
Views: 19023

Re: Trade targets 2019

I think this is where I'm at now: Schwarber to San Fran for Pillar and Watson Almora to Iowa until 9/1 Castellanos for prospects Happ replacing Descalso on the roster - Pillar is what Almora is supposed to be: a strong defensive CF who can hit lefties. He takes Almora's spot while Almora get his hor...
by Bertz
Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 7-16-19
Replies: 10
Views: 483

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 7-16-19

The Duane Underwood conversion to relief looks like it's bearing fruit. He converted May 31st and his first appearance sucked, but since June 1st: 13 Gs, 19 IP, 15 H, 5 BB, 0 HR, 25 K 1.89/2.11 ERA/FIP I dont have anything on his groundball rate since the switch, but given how the ball is flying in ...
by Bertz
Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Other Sports
Topic: Chicago Bears offseason
Replies: 525
Views: 37791

Re: Chicago Bears offseason

Football Outsiders released their 2019 almanac today. Still digging through, but some interesting nuggets so far: - The Bears project as the 16th best team in the NFL, with 7.9 wins. 18th on Offense, 4th on defense, 28th on ST, and the 5th hardest schedule - The Packers project to win the division, ...
by Bertz
Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:54 am
Forum: Social
Topic: Video Game Thread
Replies: 1696
Views: 135299

Re: Video Game Thread

Wife and kids are going to in-laws for a week; help me choose the video game I’ll buy for this momentous occasion: -Assassins Creed Odyssey: I’ve played and completed every single assassins creed game and while I enjoyed the gameplay of origins, the story bored me and seemed hard to get into and by...
by Bertz
Wed Jul 17, 2019 2:05 am
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: On Bended Knee - The Rizzo Thread
Replies: 272
Views: 40547

Re: On Bended Knee - The Rizzo Thread

So it has now been a full month since Rizzo last hit a HR and going all the back to June 1st his SLG is .438. I know the OBP is still there, but I'm starting to get a bit worried here. Power is streaky. UMFan did a great job of showing it with Rizzo, but it's true for everyone. If a guy hits 26 hom...
by Bertz
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Martin Maldonado to Cubs
Replies: 75
Views: 1921

Re: Martin Maldonado to Cubs

I've thought about this trade more......and I'm still annoyed we sold so low on Monty for a backup catcher we could've had for $2 million in the offseason. I'm not questioning that Maldonado fits an important need, and is good to have with Willy on the IL. And I figured we'd be trading Monty anyway...
by Bertz
Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Martin Maldonado to Cubs
Replies: 75
Views: 1921

Re: Martin Maldonado to Cubs

I feel like some people have a weird obsession with balance. Willson's been the 4th best catcher in baseball this year. If he were 9th, but had positive numbers on both offense and defense, he'd get practically no criticism.
by Bertz
Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:16 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Martin Maldonado to Cubs
Replies: 75
Views: 1921

Re: Martin Maldonado to Cubs

I know Monty has been bad and hurt this year but trading him straight up for a rental backup catcher is beyond horsefeathering stupid. I'm actually mad about this. Caratini has been solid as a backup and 2B has been a black hole and the pen is a mess but ok. Yeah wtf this trade makes no horsefeathe...
by Bertz
Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:51 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Martin Maldonado to Cubs
Replies: 75
Views: 1921

Re: Martin Maldonado to Cubs

by Bertz
Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:38 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Martin Maldonado to Cubs
Replies: 75
Views: 1921

Re: Martin Maldonado to Cubs

Caratini has been great this year. He looks like a solid if unspectacular 2.5-3 win catcher. He could probably bring back something pretty legit given the price and control. Maybe the headliner for Whit Merrifield?

Or Willson's foot is dead, but that's too sad of a scenario for me to think about.
by Bertz
Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:52 am
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: 2019 is Jason Heyward fixed thread
Replies: 60
Views: 7499

Re: 2019 is Jason Heyward fixed thread

Even with a strong finish to the season I don't think Heyward opts out. If he were a FA this winter I think he'd be in line for something like what McCutchen got last winter. Maybe a 4th year because he's younger? Regardless that's obviously less than what he's currently owed. That being said, he co...
by Bertz
Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 7-14-19
Replies: 8
Views: 418

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 7-14-19

Hrubes20 wrote:Christopher Morel hasn't played in 3 straight games, despite finishing the last game he played in.


by Bertz
Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 7-14-19
Replies: 8
Views: 418

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 7-14-19

Tom Hatch pulled after two hitless innings, possible hug watch.
by Bertz
Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Trade targets 2019
Replies: 290
Views: 19023

Re: Trade targets 2019

Sogard would be a good fit and he serves as a pretty direct one for one replacement for Descalso. If your expectations are calibrated to "league average hitter when shielded from tough lefties" rather than what he's done so far in 2019, he's a good get. Also, he's a proven adequate option...
by Bertz
Sat Jul 13, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Trade targets 2019
Replies: 290
Views: 19023

Re: Trade targets 2019

Sogard would be a good fit and he serves as a pretty direct one for one replacement for Descalso. If your expectations are calibrated to "league average hitter when shielded from tough lefties" rather than what he's done so far in 2019, he's a good get. Also, he's a proven adequate option ...
by Bertz
Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:17 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings
Replies: 1670
Views: 166821

Re: Minor League Musings

I don't see a great the case for Hoerner as a top 50 prospect either, but it would be convenient to see him on one or two. If he did, I suspect alot of it would be on the Cubs' history of first round college bats. Law hits the nail on the head harping on the tools and missed games/reps in the wider...
by Bertz
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: It’s not me, it’s Yu
Replies: 424
Views: 48665

Re: It’s not me, it’s Yu

Yu since May 15th: 66.1 IP 17 BB (6.3%) 75 K (27.8%) 12 HR 4.34/4.24/3.56 ERA/FIP/xFIP I don't want to be like "yay he's fixed he's just been juiced balled" because frankly he's a guy who's always allowed a few more dongs than you'd expect. That being said, conservatively I think Yu has wo...
by Bertz
Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Kris Bryant is awesome and we were always right to love him
Replies: 131
Views: 15488

Re: Kris Bryant is awesome and we were always right to love him

2 Observations from his event just now:

1. The picture on the Redbull can looks almost nothing like him

2. He wasn't able to hit any balls across the river so obviously his shoulder is horsefeathered again

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