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Postby TomtheBombadil » Wed Aug 12, 2020 2:52 pm

On a scale of 1-10, how nuts is it that I want to see Brennen Davis this September?

The way I see it:

- This team is going to make the playoffs pretty handily

- Expanded rosters basically gives as many as two spots to get weird with, he's already just a call away

- The starting OF and position group is basically set, roles defined, so he wouldn't be coming up to tookanyonesjerb...more shadowing those guys and maybe small assignments like pinch run or defensive sub late...if he happens to outshine Slaps...Either way he should still open 2021 in High A or AA depending

- There's less need to play service time games in this extension happy era on a second round pick with a shot than say the #2 pick and sure thing

Davis, Carraway, Mekkes, and Abbott are the four prospects on the 60 I'd really like to see mixed in, once the playoffs are secured...I know Theo or Hoyer said it's not a development year at the ML level but also there's 2-3 more roster spots than what they've won WSs with...so maybe?
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Re: General Cubs Chit-Chat

Postby CubinNY » Wed Aug 12, 2020 3:13 pm

TomtheBombadil wrote:On a scale of 1-10, how nuts is it that I want to see Brennen Davis this September?

The way I see it:

- This team is going to make the playoffs pretty handily

- Expanded rosters basically gives as many as two spots to get weird with, he's already just a call away

- The starting OF and position group is basically set, roles defined, so he wouldn't be coming up to tookanyonesjerb...more shadowing those guys and maybe small assignments like pinch run or defensive sub late...if he happens to outshine Slaps...Either way he should still open 2021 in High A or AA depending

- There's less need to play service time games in this extension happy era on a second round pick with a shot than say the #2 pick and sure thing

Davis, Carraway, Mekkes, and Abbott are the four prospects on the 60 I'd really like to see mixed in, once the playoffs are secured...I know Theo or Hoyer said it's not a development year at the ML level but also there's 2-3 more roster spots than what they've won WSs with...so maybe?

I think the service time matters the most on whether they bring him up. I don't see it.
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Re: General Cubs Chit-Chat

Postby Brian » Wed Aug 12, 2020 5:55 pm

I'd put money on Marquez being the only possibility of a A/High A to MLB jump this season, especially with him needing to be rostered this winter anyways.
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Postby Cubswin11 » Tue Aug 18, 2020 7:36 pm

Sounds like he could have his final bullpen today if it goes well

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Postby Cubswin11 » Tue Aug 18, 2020 8:00 pm

2018 me couldn’t understand how this is potentially very bad news.

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Postby squally1313 » Tue Aug 18, 2020 8:09 pm

Well, now that the bullpen doesn't look like a total dumpster fire, just slot Quintana into Chatwood's spot and hope Chatwood can provide a live pen arm if he gets healthy this year.
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Postby Ding Dong Johnson » Tue Aug 18, 2020 8:14 pm

Guancous wrote:What is your limit for a Tyler Chatwood contract extension?

He’s probably earning himself a million per good start (unless the wheels come off).

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Postby UMFan83 » Tue Aug 18, 2020 9:06 pm

Man these quirky new rules for the 2020 season...

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Postby We Got The Whole 9 » Wed Aug 19, 2020 4:45 pm

Ryan Tepera currently has the lowest contact% among RP in the league. Only 9 IP but something worth watching. We have drastically altered his pitch mix by majorly reducing the 4 seam usage and upping the cutters and sliders. It could be that the league hasn't yet caught onto this and obviously the sample is far too small to put a ton of stock into. But I think there's a pretty clear intent there.
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Postby JudasIscariotTheBird » Wed Aug 19, 2020 8:05 pm

We Got The Whole 9 wrote:Ryan Tepera currently has the lowest contact% among RP in the league. Only 9 IP but something worth watching. We have drastically altered his pitch mix by majorly reducing the 4 seam usage and upping the cutters and sliders. It could be that the league hasn't yet caught onto this and obviously the sample is far too small to put a ton of stock into. But I think there's a pretty clear intent there.

Were his cutter and slider always as nasty as they appear to be? There seems to be a ton of movement, without checking pitch FX.
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Postby Cubswin11 » Wed Aug 19, 2020 8:33 pm

JudasIscariotTheBird wrote:
We Got The Whole 9 wrote:Ryan Tepera currently has the lowest contact% among RP in the league. Only 9 IP but something worth watching. We have drastically altered his pitch mix by majorly reducing the 4 seam usage and upping the cutters and sliders. It could be that the league hasn't yet caught onto this and obviously the sample is far too small to put a ton of stock into. But I think there's a pretty clear intent there.

Were his cutter and slider always as nasty as they appear to be? There seems to be a ton of movement, without checking pitch FX.

They basically Jake’d him and said “hey your slider and cutter are good and grade out well, throw it more idiot.”
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Postby Bertz » Thu Aug 20, 2020 1:06 am

Cubswin11 wrote:
JudasIscariotTheBird wrote:
We Got The Whole 9 wrote:Ryan Tepera currently has the lowest contact% among RP in the league. Only 9 IP but something worth watching. We have drastically altered his pitch mix by majorly reducing the 4 seam usage and upping the cutters and sliders. It could be that the league hasn't yet caught onto this and obviously the sample is far too small to put a ton of stock into. But I think there's a pretty clear intent there.

Were his cutter and slider always as nasty as they appear to be? There seems to be a ton of movement, without checking pitch FX.

They were, they basically Jake’d him and said “hey your slider and cutter are good and grade out well, throw it more idiot.”


It also doesn't hurt that it's starting to look like Hottovy is the Dave Duncan of cutters
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Postby TomtheBombadil » Thu Aug 20, 2020 7:05 pm

Bertz wrote:
Cubswin11 wrote:
JudasIscariotTheBird wrote:Were his cutter and slider always as nasty as they appear to be? There seems to be a ton of movement, without checking pitch FX.

They were, they basically Jake’d him and said “hey your slider and cutter are good and grade out well, throw it more idiot.”


It also doesn't hurt that it's starting to look like Hottovy is the Dave Duncan of cutters


and curves/knuckle curves!
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Postby Post Count Padder » Sat Aug 22, 2020 3:25 pm

Isaac Paredes hit a grand slam and Tom Hatch got his first MLB win last night in the latest edition of "Guys I wish we didn't trade"
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Postby Cubswin11 » Sat Aug 22, 2020 3:36 pm

Post Count Padder wrote:Isaac Paredes hit a grand slam and Tom Hatch got his first MLB win last night in the latest edition of "Guys I wish we didn't trade"

I’ll take a division championship and 3 wins from a WS/NLCS appearance over throw away prospects who were buried here every time over prospect hoarding.
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Postby UMFan83 » Sat Aug 22, 2020 3:38 pm

This...is something

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Postby Cubswin11 » Sat Aug 22, 2020 3:42 pm

UMFan83 wrote:This...is something


They either just completely suck or a bunch of guys and situational stats are due for some positive regression.
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Postby We Got The Whole 9 » Sat Aug 22, 2020 3:54 pm

Our guys salivate at that changeup or the sinker on the outer half. We like to make sure the SS stay sharp!

I really feel like we lead the league in roll-over grounders.
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Postby UMFan83 » Sat Aug 22, 2020 4:09 pm

Cubswin11 wrote:
UMFan83 wrote:This...is something


They either just completely suck or and bunch of guys and situational stats are due for some positive regression.


Here is their OPS rank with the bases loaded each year since 15:

2020: 28th
2019: 4th
2018: 11th
2017: 2nd
2016: 15th
2015: 12th

So yeah probably some positive regression coming. Still frustrating for now
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Re: General Cubs Chit-Chat

Postby Bertz » Sat Aug 22, 2020 4:36 pm

The nature of splits is that over the course of a full season, each team is going to have a few extreme performances in a few random splits. Remember the first inning thing from 2017? I believe there was also a home night games thing within the last few years as well?

Over a 60 game season? You're gonna see some real weird horsefeathers.
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Postby JudasIscariotTheBird » Sat Aug 22, 2020 5:32 pm

Bertz wrote:The nature of splits is that over the course of a full season, each team is going to have a few extreme performances in a few random splits. Remember the first inning thing from 2017? I believe there was also a home night games thing within the last few years as well?

Over a 60 game season? You're gonna see some real weird horsefeathers.

With all of the different ways that you can split up SSS, it would be weird if you couldn't find something weird in there.
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Re: General Cubs Chit-Chat

Postby We Got The Whole 9 » Mon Aug 24, 2020 5:04 pm

Mooney says the Cubs are too horsefeathers to use Marquez or Carraway this season.

The Cubs do not view Brailyn Marquez and Burl Carraway as realistic options to help the major-league team this season. Marquez is 21 years old and has never pitched above the A-ball level. Carraway is 21 years old and threw 51 1/3 innings across three seasons at Dallas Baptist University before getting drafted two months ago. The Cubs have been patient with those talented lefties at the South Bend training site, focusing on player development and their long-term growth as pitchers instead of letting them loose.

These guys suck at managing a roster.
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Postby Transmogrified Tiger » Mon Aug 24, 2020 5:20 pm

We Got The Whole 9 wrote:Mooney says the Cubs are too horsefeathers to use Marquez or Carraway this season.

The Cubs do not view Brailyn Marquez and Burl Carraway as realistic options to help the major-league team this season. Marquez is 21 years old and has never pitched above the A-ball level. Carraway is 21 years old and threw 51 1/3 innings across three seasons at Dallas Baptist University before getting drafted two months ago. The Cubs have been patient with those talented lefties at the South Bend training site, focusing on player development and their long-term growth as pitchers instead of letting them loose.

These guys suck at managing a roster.


Alternatively, the guy with no professional innings and the guy with a career 1:1 K/BB ratio, neither of whom have pitched competitively in 6-12 months, are not great bets to step right into major league relief roles.
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