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The Cubs’ transaction list under Epstein and Hoyer reads like a work of fiction, a wish-fulfillment list composed in hindsight.
I know people overrate the Cubs in general, but Holy God. Their bullpen could be quite bad. They don't have an experienced closer. It could be disastrous for them...
I'll say it again-the Cubs bullpen is not good. Watch.
You haven't really explained how the Cubs moves make them that much better. How many games does darvish really improve on arrieta? Chatwood on lackey? Those are not huge improvements if you look at numbers. Losing Davis is a big hit but a full season of quintana helps offset that. Did they make any improvements at all on offense? They lack depth all over the place. They are the favorites to win the division but they don't belong in the same category of teams you discussed
The key guy for Cubs besides health is Lester. He took a big step backward at age 33.
The Cubs lost a lot of quality AB's from Jay and their backup catcher spot too.
The bullpen sucks, I guess, even though we have like 6 guys who project for a ERA- of under 80. And replaced Davis with a guy who’s better outside of the stupid save stat (but if you’re in to that Cishek has about 3x more career saves than the entire Brewers pitching staff) and we have probably 3 guys at least with better stuff than Davis. Also Chatwood isn’t an upgrade over Lackey and Darvish isn’t an upgrade over Arrieta despite both being better than those guys last year and projecting to be a lot better than them this year. Also hard to make up for those quality abs from Jon horsefeathering Jay and all that production from Miggy/Rivera/Caritini as a rookie for most of the year before Avila. We also lack depth despite having about half the position players being able to play 2-4+ spots. Also health is important. We’re horsefeathers.
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DiceMan4221 wrote:The depth thing is just beyond silly and I see it all the time. Three of Happ/Almora/Zobrist/Baez/Schwarber/LaStella comes off the bench everyday and each is good enough to start for most teams. Its almost like these yahoos are docking the Cubs for not having figured out a way to have 10 players in the field.
Having 6 good MLBers for 4 spots is not depth.
Having 3 good MLBers for 4 spots, one crappy one, two mediocre bench guys and two prospects in the minors? That is depth.
But every time I look at this thread, I wonder why the Cards aren't included.