It could be a tough year for Soler to really settle in and make his adjustments.
Category: Analysis and Commentary
At last. We’re here. A new season, ready to unfold. Are you excited? Nervous? Happy? Every kind of feeling smushed into one?
The most iconic baseball movie of the past 30 years? The best trilogy? A terrible flick?
Travis Wood was a fantastic reliever in 2015. Might he be even better in 2016? I think so.
True-Talent WAR is an intriguing concept. Three Cubs rank within the top 20, but something about defensive value stands out.
How about Kyle Hendricks as the fourth best pitcher in the NL Central?
Lackey is ready and steady. I’m sorry about that rhyme. Also: Ross beloved, pitcher health, Castro missed, much more.
His role is unclear, but Joe Maddon believes Ramirez can still get outs.
The Cubs look solid defensively, except maybe two spots. Also: Munenori Kawasaki says he won’t bat flip anymore. Sigh.
How about a one in a million shot at winning just 58 games?
It’s not just the positional side of things where the Cubs show up near the top.
Who stays if Baez goes down? Who stays regardless?
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.)