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    I hope you are right but Darvish is the only of the five that has had recent injury problems. Hamels has had some issues but was pretty strong last year.

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    Cubs using PECOTA as a motivator.

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    Took about 10 seconds for Cubs fans to explode over this one…

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    Love the Ricketts comments…would love to see a sample of the best reactions.

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    Lester listed as one of the 5 most in danger of a “big downturn” in 2019…

    http://www.espn.com/mlb/insider/story/_/id/26154037/which-mlb-players-danger-big-downturns-2019

    However, there are reasons for concern all over the place. He induced hitters to swing at a career-low 26.0 percent of pitches outside the strike zone (down from 32.5 percent in 2017), his swinging strike rate (8.5 percent) and strikeout rate (19.6 percent) were his lowest marks since 2013 (down from 10.9 percent and 23.6 percent in 2017, respectively), his ground ball rate (37.7 percent) was his lowest since 2008 (down from 46.2 percent in 2017), and his walk rate (8.4 percent) was his highest since 2011 (up from 7.9 percent in 2017).

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    Last weekend, I saw Lester give up a three-run homer to Travis Shaw. The Cubs park has no public radar gun display, but we know Lester isn’t a high-velocity guy at this point, anyway.

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    Yeah, he’s the classic crafty lefty. The peripherals are a concern. Here’s hoping he becomes ineffective now. The Cubs are due for at least one.

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