Who stays if Baez goes down? Who stays regardless?
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Who’s left fighting for a spot?
Great in two spots, weak in the third?
Who hit what how hard and where. And what does it all mean going forward for a group of impressive hitters?
The Cubs project to feature various layers of depth and versatility at the dish and around the diamond.
I still like Jeff Samardzija. Always did. Even when I don’t agree with him, I think he is who he is.
There are a number of reasons Zobrist batting third makes sense.
This is still not a you-should-be-worried situation. (UPDATE: Even less worried.)
Munenori Kawasaki, for example, is right on the cusp of a bench job. Should the fact that he’s fun matter at all in the decision-making process?
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Pie, or get out. Also: what Cubs injury would hurt the team the most?
And does Kawasaki have a legitimate shot of making the team?
On the left side of the infield, things look good for the Cubs.
Leaders lead in different ways, and that’s what you’ll get with Lackey, who is also quite a pitcher.
So far, so good for the expected tandem.
In sum, they’re sick of hearing about it.
Even if the plan is to play Baez periodically at a variety of positions, odds are that will have to change.
If catcher is the Cubs’ biggest problem, they’re going to be really, really good.
A quality changeup has been — and could still be — a quietly effective pitch for Cubs pitchers, even as they used it least in baseball last year.
Pressure and expectations, sure, but also a really good team.
Addison Russell has already had a big rookie season (at age 21), but many around the Cubs believe 2016 will be his breakout year.
It’s a known issue for Soler, and he’s working at his defense. The Cubs may give him, and their other outfielders, an assist.
Lester starts a minor league game today, and, despite the throwing woes, he’s pitching just fine.
With two rangy defenders in center and right field, is the picture all the more rosy for Schwarber in left?
Javier Baez and Jorge Soler are waiting in the wings as a pair of baseball’s best backups. The Cardinals are also well-represented.
Whatever happened with Logan Watkins? The next Cubs rotation mainstay? A question about fish?
The Cubs’ ace is fully on board with a plan to limit his innings a bit in the early going of the season.