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by Backtobanks
Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Regular Season Rumors
Replies: 187
Views: 13098

Re: Regular Season Rumors

https://sports.yahoo.com/marcus-stroman-blue-jays-f-221800191.html ——— I wonder if the Cubs can dump Chatwood on someone like the Angels, A’s, Twins, Phillies, or Rockies? Why would anyone take him off our hands? I've heard he has a promising spin rate. Yeah, his spin rate makes the ball miss the s...
by Backtobanks
Sun Jul 15, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Regular Season Rumors
Replies: 187
Views: 13098

Re: Regular Season Rumors

I certainly like the idea of Britton, as you can never have enough top pen arms these days. However, I really don't know what to think about the roation and whether we need someone like JA Happ more than Britton or not. I'd like to think at least one of Darvish/Montgomery/Smyly could be in a positi...
by Backtobanks
Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Regular Season Rumors
Replies: 187
Views: 13098

Re: Regular Season Rumors

From today's Tribune: And the Cubs appear firm in their unwillingness to move any position players from their major-league roster to acquire pitching help. “We’ve shown were really loyal to this core group for a reason,” Hoyer said. “They’ve earned that loyalty with their performance over 3½ season...
by Backtobanks
Sun Jul 15, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Regular Season Rumors
Replies: 187
Views: 13098

Re: Regular Season Rumors

July 14: Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard would be the prizes of the starting pitching market if the Mets decided to trade either of their two aces. So it's no surprise that Syndergaard was being heavily scouted on his return from the disabled list Friday at Citi Field. On hand to watch the flamet...
by Backtobanks
Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Regular Season Rumors
Replies: 187
Views: 13098

Re: Regular Season Rumors

Heyman spelled Barraclaugh and Conley wrong. https://twitter.com/jonheyman/status/1016686146720591872 Dietrich has a full-time gig all to himself, and still has a lower fWAR than Schwarber, Heyward, Almora, Happ, and Zobrist. I cannot imagine a world in which we are shopping for Derek Dietrich unle...
by Backtobanks
Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Albert Amora Jr
Replies: 51
Views: 1455

Re: Albert Amora Jr

Insults aside, I still tend to agree with TT that all of these advanced stats are not very predictive especially with young players. If Almora is terribly over-valued at this point and due for an ugly regression according to these stats, then I'm sure the other teams use those same stats when making...
by Backtobanks
Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Albert Amora Jr
Replies: 51
Views: 1455

Re: Albert Amora Jr

Using that link (https://baseballsavant.mlb.com/expected ... HC&min=100), we should have traded Baez two years ago because he was due for a big regression. Stats are fun and great for argumentative purposes, but there's a reason the game is played on the field.
by Backtobanks
Sun Jul 08, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Albert Amora Jr
Replies: 51
Views: 1455

Re: Albert Amora Jr

Where to begin... Russell's production is much more sustainable than Albert's. Russell's defensive value is much more certain. That should be enough. Which means we could get a better TOR starter for Russell. Obviously, we would all love to get that TOR starter without disrupting the core of the ML...
by Backtobanks
Sun Jul 08, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Albert Amora Jr
Replies: 51
Views: 1455

Re: Albert Amora Jr

I think he's due for regression and if they can get a top end starter for him while he's overvalued, they should do it. I'm not sure I really feel that way, but it's my instant reaction every time this argument is brought up. The same could be said about Russell. Baez slides over to SS and ...
by Backtobanks
Sun Jul 08, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Albert Amora Jr
Replies: 51
Views: 1455

Re: Albert Amora Jr

What is up with not playing Amora everyday? He is definitely their best outfielder and if given the opportunity to play everyday I feel he could be an all star. Platooning him with Happ is not a good idea. Happ strikes out too much and is definitely a downgrade defensively. Maddon believes in the p...
by Backtobanks
Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Albert Amora Jr
Replies: 51
Views: 1455

Re: Albert Amora Jr

Bobson Dugnutt wrote:the only cub who has played in more games than him this year is javy. this complaint needs to die in a fire.



But Almora is 8th in PA.
by Backtobanks
Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Midseason Assessment (aka - what do we need at the deadline?)
Replies: 75
Views: 2464

Re: Midseason Assessment (aka - what do we need at the deadline?)

We need a good reliever, a vet backup C that can frame, and a spot starter. We'll find a reliever in this market. The C isn't the end of the world, if we don't. Spot starter will be easy too. We don't need to go panic and trade for an elite starter. We've got them and they'll begin to pitch like it...
by Backtobanks
Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Midseason Assessment (aka - what do we need at the deadline?)
Replies: 75
Views: 2464

Re: Midseason Assessment (aka - what do we need at the deadline?)

Probably not gonna happen but Cubs need a # 1 or 2 starter. Lester is the ace followed by 4 4/5’s. Bullpen can’t keep getting 12 outs the rest of the season. I don't think any of us would disagree with getting a #1 or #2 starter, but there aren't many available unless you're talking about giving up...
by Backtobanks
Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:38 am
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Midseason Assessment (aka - what do we need at the deadline?)
Replies: 75
Views: 2464

Re: Midseason Assessment (aka - what do we need at the deadline?)

I want another top-end reliever. We've seen the last few playoffs that you just can never have enough relievers, whether it's because of injury, ineffectiveness, tiredness, whatever. Treinen, Ottavino, Hand, Barraclaugh, whatever. I know a few of these guys are probably too expensive for the Cubs f...
by Backtobanks
Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Midseason Assessment (aka - what do we need at the deadline?)
Replies: 75
Views: 2464

Re: Midseason Assessment (aka - what do we need at the deadline?)

Oakland probably thinks they can make the playoffs next year (or even this year if Seattle stops being stupid lucky - they’re the freaking AL version of the Brewers), meaning they probably only sell a long term asset like Treinan if the other team pays through the nose. If Beane is really looking t...
by Backtobanks
Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Midseason Assessment (aka - what do we need at the deadline?)
Replies: 75
Views: 2464

Re: Midseason Assessment (aka - what do we need at the deadline?)

One option for back up catcher could be Robinson Chirinos in Texas. He's in the last year of his contract, Texas sucks, and may not be too expensive to pick up. Caratini should not be the back-up. The only way he has value as a catcher is if he's getting plate appearances. I think he can be an abov...
by Backtobanks
Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: THE Bryce Harper in 2018 Thread
Replies: 340
Views: 24598

Re: THE Bryce Harper in 2018 Thread

I don't get the lack of respect that you guys (and Maddon) have for Almora. Suggestions of trading him or making him a platoon player are ridiculous. Almora is leading the team in hitting and was hitting 100 points higher than Schwarber last year while Maddon "searched" for a leadoff man.
by Backtobanks
Sun Jun 17, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Yusei Kikuchi and Other Top MLB Prospects in Asia
Replies: 16
Views: 1986

Re: Yusei Kikuchi and Other Top MLB Prospects in Asia

On Friday night at Tokyo Dome, the Seibu Lions and Yomiuri Giants each sent their ace to the mound, creating a marquee matchup of the Lions’ Yusei Kikuchi vs. the Kyojin‘s Tomoyuki Sugano. Unsurprisingly, it drew some “major” attention. Sitting among the 45,533 fans were scouts from the Diamondback...
by Backtobanks
Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Baez impresses Baez
Replies: 1185
Views: 81824

Re: Baez impresses Baez

Most ML players (especially if they don't have a solid track record) are streaky and end up basically at their norm. It's beautiful to watch when Baez, Russell, and Heyward get in a hot streak, but when the season is over they will probably be back to the numbers we expected.
by Backtobanks
Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Regular Season Rumors
Replies: 187
Views: 13098

Re: Regular Season Rumors

CubinNY wrote:I hope our Cobs can figure out a way to get Archer.


Hopefully his performance has lowered the price, but probably not.
by Backtobanks
Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: General Cubs Chit-Chat
Replies: 4887
Views: 275479

Re: General Cubs Chit-Chat

Since the season is one third through and makes for easy and clean math, let's have some fun with fWAR extrapolations Yay Bryant: 7.2 Schwarber: 5.1 Almora: 5.1 Zobrist: 5.1 Contreras: 4.5 Russell: 3.9 Baez: 3.9 Happ: 3.3 Morrow: 1.8 Edwards: 1.8 Cishek: 1.5 Yuck Rizzo: 1.8 Heyward: 1.2 Lester: 1.5...
by Backtobanks
Thu May 31, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: General Cubs Chit-Chat
Replies: 4887
Views: 275479

Re: General Cubs Chit-Chat

This seems kind of strange. Maybe I’ve been out of the loop but I don’t remember anyone making fun of him for going on the DL with the flu or for going on the DL 2 times in general. And despite some groaning about his iffy start I haven’t felt like there has been an abundance of hate for Yu at alll...
by Backtobanks
Mon May 28, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Manny Machado Traded to the Dodgers
Replies: 469
Views: 32569

Re: The Manny Machado Thread

SeldomSeen wrote:Can he pitch?


Probably good enough to be in the middle/back of our rotation.
by Backtobanks
Sun May 27, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: General Cubs Chit-Chat
Replies: 4887
Views: 275479

Re: General Cubs Chit-Chat

The W-L record isn't in line w/ the talent on the roster, but neither is the excitement of play on the field. As much as I'm surprised that the VB have one of the best records in baseball at this point of the season, I'm equally dismayed by how often this Cubs team is boring as horsefeathers to wat...
by Backtobanks
Sun May 27, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: General Cubs Chit-Chat
Replies: 4887
Views: 275479

Re: General Cubs Chit-Chat

Their Pythagorean record is 31-17. I am very confident in this team, but damn, it would be nice to go on a 15-5, twenty game stretch. I think they have to get another starter (or 2, if Darvish is dead). Between Darvish being injured and lousy all year, Quintana being mediocre and inconsistent, and ...

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