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Cubs pitching is about where Cardinals’ pitching is. It’ll get better and they will probably still be the team to beat. Bump in June.
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go birds wrote:
NDark wrote:
go birds wrote:yea that aint gonna last
What about the other half of baseball? Pitching was seen as their problem right?
it's not like the nl central as a whole is loaded with great pitching.
LOL that's true, but the Cards' pen is OK. The Cubs paid Yu Darvish a king's ransom and he's been awful!
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The combo of Rizzo/Bryant used to be pretty terrifying. Rizzo has declined:

2016 wRC+ = 145, ISO = .252
2017 wRC+ = 134, ISO = .234
2018 wRC+ = 125, ISO = .187

He's still only 29 and so maybe some of this is just random variation and not all due to some kind of decline. I think they are going to need Baez to be a monster again, and he could be. We'll see.
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pioneer98 wrote:The combo of Rizzo/Bryant used to be pretty terrifying. Rizzo has declined:

2016 wRC+ = 145, ISO = .252
2017 wRC+ = 134, ISO = .234
2018 wRC+ = 125, ISO = .187

He's still only 29 and so maybe some of this is just random variation and not all due to some kind of decline. I think they are going to need Baez to be a monster again, and he could be. We'll see.
Rizzo had back and foot injuries in 2018. I think he'll be back. 125 wRC+ is also not terrible lol. He's also crushing it so far this year.

Cubs' problem is pitching. Their offense smokes ours.
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Re: What's wrong with the Cubs?

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Small Sample Size, let's revisit after we're 25 games into the season for an autopsy on the Cubs as a whole. That said....

--Carl Edwards was a monster for them last year and has been hot garbage. His walk rate is something like 50BB/9IP right now. Sudden drop-off, which RP often do? Or a small bump in the road?

--Yu Darvish can't find the strike zone. Small bump in the road, or will he fail to get right?

--As a team they have something like a 17% walk rate through six games. That is impossible to sustain, like you can't walk that many batters over even a quarter season if your P staff are all blind and throwing with their off hand.
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What's wrong with the Cubs? Absolutely nothing! They just need to keep doing what they're doing.
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Big Amoco Sign wrote:
pioneer98 wrote:The combo of Rizzo/Bryant used to be pretty terrifying. Rizzo has declined:

2016 wRC+ = 145, ISO = .252
2017 wRC+ = 134, ISO = .234
2018 wRC+ = 125, ISO = .187

He's still only 29 and so maybe some of this is just random variation and not all due to some kind of decline. I think they are going to need Baez to be a monster again, and he could be. We'll see.
Rizzo had back and foot injuries in 2018. I think he'll be back. 125 wRC+ is also not terrible lol. He's also crushing it so far this year.

Cubs' problem is pitching. Their offense smokes ours.
Yes, for now they do. When YOU HAVE 3 REGS Mendoza (or worse) you're gonna lose a lotta games. Nobody is hitting .300....not even Wong (+.400) Bader is 2nd in BA, over .100 pts behind.

Whatever could we do to rectify this Mendoza situation???
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Medwick's_Ghost wrote: Yes, for now they do. When YOU HAVE 3 REGS Mendoza (or worse) you're gonna lose a lotta games. Nobody is hitting .300....not even Wong (+.400) Bader is 2nd in BA, over .100 pts behind.

Whatever could we do to rectify this Mendoza situation???
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Cubs' pitching is a dumpster fire, with no help in sight. I'm not sure that their offense is good enough to overcome it.
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The Cubs look really bad. Will they continue to struggle like this? Maybe, but I think they’ll figure it out. They do risk falling behind the Brewers and Cardinals early and digging themselves a big hole to climb out of.
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