The NL Central is arguably – statistically! – the best division in the National League.
Category: Analysis and Commentary
We Really Believe in the Hitter, the Person: Theo Epstein Is Willing to Bet on Kyle Schwarber in 2018
Kyle Schwarber has raked this spring, and he will soon get to show the baseball world just how much has changed since last year.
Second base is actually the least loved of the positions, but for understandable reasons.
I think there are just a handful of teams in the conversation, and the Cubs are right there.
High praise, and not a comp you would have expected.
Former Cubs catcher Welington Castillo seems to think so, and he was there for both.
Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo have OPS’s above .850 this Spring, and neither is in the top six of Cubs performers.
We’re assuming the Cubs go with eight relievers. But it sounds like seven – and an extra position player – is still on the table.
The Cubs aren’t likely to need pitching next offseason, which means they can focus their funds elsewhere.
[Ed. Note – Oh Michael … ]
Recent history says that the answer to that question, though, is still “no.” But that doesn’t mean they can’t get a lot better on the bases.
Eddie Butler is out of options, so he’s now the favorite, right? Well, it’s not quite that clear just yet.
There seems to be a pretty frictionless way for Darvish to get EVEN BETTER with the Cubs.
The hard-throwing righty has some good splits to take advantage of.
In two of the past four offseasons, the Cubs have been the top spending team. And in another of those four, they were in the top three.
Darvish, when he first came to MLB, had other priorities on his mind.
A couple looks at just some of the things Kyle Hendricks does to be as good as he is.
I think we appreciated the highs as much as we could. And those highs were so very high.
The Cubs had certain needs coming into the offseason, but did they actually check every box? (Yeah, pretty much.)
I really tried to think of how it could work after seeing that Mike Moustakas deal, but I just don’t see it.
And it might just work. Happ certainly has a lot going for him.
The Cardinals are not better positioned over the next five years. Sorry. I do not buy it.
Contreras took a noticeable step back last year, which means it may be time to go back to where he was in 2016.
Jose Quintana had a rough August last year, but with more familiarity he should be good to go in 2018.
Hendricks might just be getting better.
Take that breath, accept what you are dealing with. These are baseball concepts.