Not only that, but, generally speaking, Strop was crazy awesome this year.
Analysis and Commentary
However you feel about pitch framing data, it’s all in agreement: the Cubs lost a whole bunch of strikes this year.
78 wins wasn’t that far away, and the Cubs actually could have swung into a winning record with better bounces.
Let’s take a look at the numbers and break down what pitchers did, and what went wrong.
Each could check the “veteran” box while providing platoon-ish offense. But how does the rest of the outfield shake out?
And/or should there be other changes in the game to increase offensive output? Is reduced offense even a bad thing?
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.