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Postby SouthSideRyan » Fri May 19, 2017 4:23 am

Point is, if Happ were to stay up, they'd want him playing every day. Almora, Schwarber, and Heyward would also need regular playing time. Sending down LaStella just sends down a guy you don't have to worry about getting reps. Sending down Almora leaves Heyward as the regular CF(or Jay, which defeats the purpose of getting all those guys regular time in the OF)
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Postby David » Fri May 19, 2017 4:25 am

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Schwarber seems like a very real possibility.

Can't tell if you're serious or not, so don't mind this if you're not

Theo could barely physically contain how badly he wanted to scoff at a reporter who asked whether they'd thought about that like two days ago and mentioned how badly he'd been destroying balls lately and how good his PAs have been. Maddon has been saying the same stuff and all he did since was crush more balls in the past few days.


And amble around the OF like a wounded alpaca.


considering theo practically laughed at a reporter who asked whether it was possible he'd be sent down literally two days ago, yeah, i don't think it seems like a very real possibility. and i don't think they were expecting him to be any better an OFer than he has been.
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Re: It's HAPPening!

Postby Duke Silver » Fri May 19, 2017 4:32 am

There is a 0% chance Schwarber gets sent down.
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Postby Transmogrified Tiger » Fri May 19, 2017 4:50 am

SouthSideRyan wrote:Point is, if Happ were to stay up, they'd want him playing every day. Almora, Schwarber, and Heyward would also need regular playing time. Sending down LaStella just sends down a guy you don't have to worry about getting reps. Sending down Almora leaves Heyward as the regular CF(or Jay, which defeats the purpose of getting all those guys regular time in the OF)


Getting rid of the 8th reliever and having 4 outfielders for 3 spots isn't really an untenable situation. Especially when Almora can get plenty of run as a defensive replacement and is a guaranteed start against LHP. They can also just ride Happ's hot streak and if he hits a cold spell just ship him back to Iowa. Or someone else needs a DL stint or just gets a multi-day knock. Or they make an early trade and one or both of Almora and Happ are gone.

In other words, we don't need to apply permanence to a situation that is 100% guaranteed not to have it. 20 days ago we all would've laughed at the suggestion that we'd be having a conversation about how to make room for Happ, in another 20 days he might be hitting .190 or Heyward might have bonitis or Almora might be in the American League.
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Postby davell » Fri May 19, 2017 4:52 am

As much as I love him, I was thinking Javy could have been sent down, prior to today. But, with Addy struggling, and the total lack of another guy capable of playing SS, I doubt it was on the table.

At any rate, with Zobrists back, Addy's shoulder(and struggles), plus days off for others and typical replacements in-game, I think Joe can find plenty of AB's to go around for a while, until things sort themselves out better.

10 game sample of starts....After that, maybe its solved on its own.

C Contreras-7 Montero-3
1B Rizzo-9 KB-1
2B Javy-5 Zobrist-4 Happ-1
SS Addy-8 Javy-2
3B KB-8 Happ-1 Javy-1
LF Schwarber-8 Happ-2
CF Almora-3 Heyward-3 Happ-3 Jay-1
RF Heyward-5 Zobrist-3 Happ-1 Almora-1

Total Starts
Contreras-7
Montero-3
Rizzo-9
Javy-8
Zobrist-7
Happ-8
Addy-8
KB-9
Schwarber-8
Almora-4
Heyward-8
Jay-1

Plus, defensive replacements, pinch hitting.....At any rate, there's AB's to go around, and I doubt anyone cares if Jay doesn't play much for the time being.....
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Re: It's HAPPening!

Postby Duke Silver » Fri May 19, 2017 4:57 am

We could just send Happ back to the minors, where he had a .733 OPS in AA last year. It's not like he's going Trout right now. He looks kinda shaky in the outfield himself. He's made contact on like 55% of his swings, and one of his home runs was a fly out on any other night of the year. He's played well and is hot, but some more seasoning might suit him well.
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Re: It's HAPPening!

Postby treebird » Fri May 19, 2017 5:02 am

jesus if ssr ran the cubs he would trade schwarber for tebow wouldn't he
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Postby SouthSideRyan » Fri May 19, 2017 5:17 am

treebird wrote:jesus if ssr ran the cubs he would trade schwarber for tebow wouldn't he


Can't imagine the Mets going for that.
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Postby Bull » Fri May 19, 2017 3:00 pm

SouthSideRyan wrote:Point is, if Happ were to stay up, they'd want him playing every day. Almora, Schwarber, and Heyward would also need regular playing time. Sending down LaStella just sends down a guy you don't have to worry about getting reps. Sending down Almora leaves Heyward as the regular CF(or Jay, which defeats the purpose of getting all those guys regular time in the OF)

Yes, that was my point. And i think it's valid. As much as I'd hate to see lastella get meaningful PAs, you always one of Happ, Jay, Baez, Zobrist, Heyward on the bench along with Miggy and Lastella.
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Postby UMFan83 » Fri May 19, 2017 3:31 pm

I know this is well covered territory, but I never get sick about reading arguments about getting everyone enough playing time because we have too many good players.
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Postby Bull » Mon May 22, 2017 8:41 pm

UMFan83 wrote:I know this is well covered territory, but I never get sick about reading arguments about getting everyone enough playing time because we have too many good players.

I love it. I don't love that Almora has been relegated to a bench role though. I'd rather he be getting reps in Iowa.

It is nice that we've gone from Szczur and LaStella to Almora and Javy. nice improvement.
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Oh horsefeathers, Offerman must post here.
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Postby Banedon » Sun May 28, 2017 12:10 pm

davell wrote:https://twitter.com/Cubs/status/868262000530341888

Oh horsefeathers, Offerman must post here.


That brim is going to curl into a full circle soon.
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Postby Ding Dong Johnson » Sun May 28, 2017 4:16 pm

Banedon wrote:
davell wrote:https://twitter.com/Cubs/status/868262000530341888

Oh horsefeathers, Offerman must post here.


That brim is going to curl into a full circle soon.

as it should
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Postby David » Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:15 pm

In his first 34 games, Happ has hit HR on something like a 45 HR full season pace.
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Postby We Got The Whole 9 » Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:27 pm

Or, 8% of the time he's come to the plate
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Postby Duke Silver » Sun Jul 02, 2017 9:46 pm

This guy's pretty good. David was definitely right to insert him in the sig.
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Postby Gilby » Sun Jul 02, 2017 10:18 pm

He also looks completely fine at both 2B and CF. He's made me a firm believer.
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Postby Duke Silver » Sun Jul 02, 2017 11:35 pm

Gilby wrote:He also looks completely fine at both 2B and CF. He's made me a firm believer.


Same here. And I've never been high on him. And then that Statcast data came out that showed he was astonishingly fast. I can buy him as a decent defender up the middle, and not as the plodding corner outfielder I envisioned. He's a beacon in a sea of horsefeathers.
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Postby TBS Playoffs Insider » Sun Jul 02, 2017 11:43 pm

Playing at a 4 WAR pace and his K rate (thanks to the bad stretch a month or so ago) is still sitting at 30 percent. Imagine if he could pull a KB and get that to 20 percent next year...
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Postby David » Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:33 am

hahahahahahaha
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Postby Sammy Sofa » Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:35 am

Holy horsefeathers.
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Postby Sammy Sofa » Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:36 am

What do you think he's thinking about?

"Meat."
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his smile may be more terrifying

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