I’ll answer my own question with a “not quite,” but a call-up at Wrigley Field for the weekend is looking more possible.
Analysis and Commentary
Baseball is funny like this.
Miguel Montero is beginning to show off the defensive assertiveness that made the Cubs want him in the offseason.
Even as he regularly changes things up, Joe Maddon is revealing some lineup tendencies.
No, I wouldn’t expect to see Bryant today or tomorrow, but the weekend has become plausible.
There are reasons for mild concern about some aspects, but not yet any reason to be seriously concerned, overall.
It’s a legitimate and worthwhile discussion about a baseball issue. But it’s probably going to get too much play today. Hopefully that ends tonight.
All in all, this was a pretty excellent weekend for Cubs fans.
The Cubs haven’t been getting them in, but they’ve been getting them on. And that’s half the battle.
There are risks involved with batting pitchers eighth, but the Cubs may be giving something up to get something more.
James Russell is back, and I suspect fans aren’t remembering his time with the Cubs as fondly as they should. That, then, turns into a broader discussion.
The early schedule isn’t just Central-heavy, it’s really tough. And winning early is going to be hugely important for the Cubs.
Edwards’ long-term role has always been a matter of debate, but this placement won’t necessarily close any doors.
While it’s easy – and correct – to look at Lester’s line and be disappointed, there’s actually quite a bit about which to be pleased.
Wondering where Starlin Castro and Addison Russell are going to play eventually is a worthy endeavor. But it’s still too soon to take a firm stand.
The Cubs bullpen was fantastic last night, as it was in the second half of 2014.
How do the Cubs spend their money, relative to other teams? And how might it change in the coming years?
Starlin Castro, who is the only player remaining from Theo Epstein’s first Cubs team, has been a constant source of success during the rebuild.