The Cubs’ ace is fully on board with a plan to limit his innings a bit in the early going of the season.
Analysis and Commentary
The Cubs’ schedule projects to be slightly better than average, but it’s much rosier for the Mets and Nationals.
What changed for Hendricks that allowed his performance late in the year to soar?
We focus a lot on Baez’s projected positional role, but we can’t lose sight of the adjustments he still has to make offensively.
There are definite benefits to that kind of plan, but also some artificial restrictions.
The Cubs’ payroll has flown up the last two years, moreso than any team in baseball.
A gap in the years is the primary issue, which is to be expected.
Rest isn’t just for older veterans anymore, especially if you want to be at your best late in the season.
The Cubs look to be loaded with five of baseball’s most valuable commodities.
Could the Cubs look to the next horizon on analytic-based defensive improvement?
Wanting all the Cubs’ back-up-back-up-back-ups to be great. Keep them all!
Everything from today’s game, and a feel for what it was like to be there.
Long-term rotation considerations, back-up-back-up infielders, and much more.
The Cubs have high-end talent, this you know. But they’re also mighty deep.
It’s not just about having a back-up for various positions. A designated super utility player *IS* a position.