Let’s talk about pitching defense, and making the throw to first base.
Analysis and Commentary
You just never know what’s going to happen in the Cubs’ infield, and second base could conceivably open up.
Cubs pitchers were among the best at keeping flyballs from leaving the ballpark last year. Will that continue into 2015?
Whatever Castro’s connection to the incident, it increasingly seems like an unsafe situation for him.
Could Jackson’s stuff play up in a one-inning role? Even if so, will there be a spot for him on the Cubs in 2015?
Not that you should hope on Hendricks to be the next Webb, but the latter’s story makes for an interesting reminder.
It’s hard not to really want another bat right now.
Anything better than 20-1 seems nuts to me, and the odds right now are way higher than that.
A power lefty who hasn’t quite broken through at the big league level. Might the Cubs see what he can do in relief?
Understanding the importance of defense is one thing, but understanding how the defense will perform relative to the kinds of pitchers it plays behind is another.
This figures to be one of the least fun topics over the next few months. I’ll do my best to keep our collective heads on straight.
How much value does Castillo offer in trade, and how do the Cubs best utilize that value to improve the 2015 team?
It’s probably part of the reason the Rays were willing to move Wil Myers – low contact rates can derail a career. Which makes me nervous for the Cubs.
As expected, the deal features a healthy bonus up front, and is backloaded from there.
The Cubs have a wide variety of options for the left-handed side of the pen, but it’s not at all clear what route they’ll take.
Not only is the comparison a superficial fit, it’s impressive how similar the two are as pitchers.