Very tough is the general answer to that question.
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Because obviously, right? Actually, there is some reason behind this beyond mere homerism.
This is definitely something to think about. And the suggestion reportedly came from none other than Theo Epstein.
Decent depth and so-so performances all around give the Cubs an 82-80 record. That sounds like I’m knocking it, but this is actually fairly positive when you dig in.
We know it’s a good thing, and we know it will probably help the Cubs compete … but how much?
It was easy to dream on Grimm as a successful starter, but, along the way, he showed all the hallmarks of a dominant bullpen conversion.
And here’s why that’s a good thing. No, not the banning shifts part, but the “open” part.
Mr. Cub was as loved and admired for the things he did off the field as on it.
The team looks to have quality depth, but not a ton in the way of impact performances. All in all, though? Looking good.
What are the claims really about? Are they strong? Where does this go from here?
How much do the Cubs project to spend in 2015 on payroll, given the current roster? Where could they go from here?
What are folks saying about the deal? And also, well, other stuff and things.
Step back and look at what the Cubs have accomplished this Winter, and you will be impressed.
It’s sad to see Valbuena go, but the Cubs did the right thing. And they reiterated that they really do want to win in 2015.
How much does the change mean? How much do the walks mean? We won’t know for a while, but it costs almost nothing to find out.
We know that the Cubs have had good fortune the last few years when it comes to pitcher health. Can we project more of the same for 2015?