And/or should there be other changes in the game to increase offensive output? Is reduced offense even a bad thing?
Analysis and Commentary
The Cubs have a busy offseason ahead and a very crowded 40-man roster. Tough decisions await.
Rizzo wasn’t just the Cubs’ MVP. He was one of the best players in baseball.
The increase was very small, but the fact that it wasn’t a huge *decrease* is what matters.
Arrieta heads into the offseason the unquestioned Cubs ace, and one of the best pitchers in baseball.
There is no playoff spot to clinch for the Cubs tonight, but there are some quality storylines at play nevertheless.
The options are complicated and enticing, both in the near and long-term. Also, a relevant tangent on streaming rights.
Given his trajectory, a mid-season 2015 arrival in the big leagues is not out of the question. If so, how do things get sorted out?
Coghlan has been incredible this year, and is under cheap team control for 2015. But what is his actual role?
Where the Cubs pick in the 2015 draft is of increasingly less consequence – but have the protected pick is nice heading into free agency.
Not only was it one of the best outings of the season – you have to go way back to find comparable starts. Some guy named Wood.
The Cubs’ schedule the rest of the way is relatively difficult.
We know that the WAR statistic is not perfect, and we know that the defensive component is especially troublesome. But what do we do about it?
So many things have contributed to Travis Wood’s ugly 2014 season, and his future beyond this season is now unclear.