August 5, 2021 at 7:44 am #168900August 12, 2021 at 1:49 pm #169662August 12, 2021 at 6:01 pm #169672
Oh how the mighty have fallen. Doesn’t seem all that long ago when Arrieta and Lester were two of the most accomplished hurlers in baseball…..and now look at them. Waino is aging like a fine wine. I wonder what Waino has been doing differently than Lester and Arrieta? Or is it just in the genes?August 12, 2021 at 9:04 pm #169684bicyclemikeModeratorPaid - Annual
I like that the White Sox have taken charge in Chicago now, and the Cubs are back to being “lovable” losers. We don’t love them, but love when they lose.
Life is a little tough these days with the pandemic and other stressors. But one thing nice to see again is the Bear Cubs well under .500.August 13, 2021 at 1:35 am #169685858booyahParticipantFree
Cubs are smart for this sportsbook. It’ll keep some fans at and around the park. They’ll not go back to 2010-2014. Where it was great and easy to get a ticket for us fans.
In the Central it doesn’t take much to get back on top. I think every team other than the Pirates can contend next year. Cubs can too if they spend a little bit. I don’t think they’ll be in the top 3 if they half ass it but it’s an open divison next year depending on what everyone does.
Cubs can be in the convo in the next couple of seasons depending on how they play it. The fans will mostly stick and with the division open and Milwaukee and to an extent St. Louis a stones throw. their fans will still road dog it up and make things interesting. They’ll not be as bad as the pirates for sure the last 3 seasons depending how they play it.
The one concern would be Hoyer imo. I don’t know if he’s a VP-ops I’d trust if I’m a cubs fan. He’s always for the most part been on Theo’s tit and idk if I have much trust.August 13, 2021 at 9:13 am #169710
I doubt this rebuild will be anything like their last one. They are one of the wealthiest teams in the sport and only have $38M obligated in 2022 so they could afford any free agent they wish, plus they have acquired a lot of prospects recently. I don’t know if they will spend their money wisely but I could see them getting back in the mix rather soon, certainly by 2023.
The Cubs have a different business model than the Cardinals. The Cubs tend to go with more of a feast or famine approach where as the Cardinals seem to go with the same above average but not great team every year.August 18, 2021 at 9:21 am #170064
IMO, the Cubs should have signed Rizzo as their franchise face. The current regime would have traded Ernie Banks and Ron Santo. If they won’t spend on their own stars, why would they spend on other teams’ stars in free agency?
Ricketts whined about “biblical losses” while channeling his money into real estate around Wrigleyville and starting his new TV network, while diluting his on-field product. The following article sums up matters well.August 18, 2021 at 9:21 am #170065August 18, 2021 at 10:55 am #170071PadsFSParticipantFree
I doubt this rebuild will be anything like their last one. They are one of the wealthiest teams in the sport and only have $38M obligated in 2022 so they could afford any free agent they wish, plus they have acquired a lot of prospects recently.
After all the trade deadline acquisitions, the Cubs minor league system, per Baseball America, is now ranked 24th after coming in 17th in the spring. They are a long way away and have basically two guys to build their team around in Hoerner and Happ. Contreras will be a free agent after 2022.
All their FA signings should be of the lottery ticket variety similar to their 2012 to 2014 run when they traded Dempster, Garza, Feldman, and Samardzija and drafted high in the draft. That was actually pretty smart to mix into their existing prospect bank.August 19, 2021 at 2:41 am #170149
For years one of the first things I check in the morning sports page is the cubbies box score. While there, I have derived great pleasure from seeing cub “star” players going 0-4 and 0-5 while striking out 3 times. These past few years have been flush with these sort of poor performances, compliments of players such as Bryant, Baez and Rizzo. But now they and other notable cubs have moved on and there’s no one to root against. Besides Hendricks on the pitching side of things, there really are no cubbies left. Even with past lousy cub teams….and boy there’s been plenty, there’s always been a Ryne Sandberg or a Sammy Sosa to loathe. But this present team has no decent stars, which on the surface would seem to be exhilarating for a Cardinals fan. I find it a bit perplexing that it somehow takes something away from the game for me. Go figureAugust 23, 2021 at 12:13 pm #170538
The Cubs set a franchise record with their 13th consecutive home loss, falling to the Royals 9-1 at Wrigley Field.
— Chicago Tribune Sports (@ChicagoSports) August 23, 2021August 23, 2021 at 1:11 pm #170541ZTRParticipantFree
Pretty brutal…August 24, 2021 at 8:41 am #170570August 24, 2021 at 3:44 pm #170595mudvilleParticipantPaid - Annual
Wow. The Rockets family spends a billion dollars on stadium renovations, and brings the Cubs fan base, and the City of Chicago a World Series for the first time in 108 years. And what do they get for it? Unmitigated hatred. The ‘Garbage Family’? I suspect that this ugly piece is rooted in the politics of the current day where differences seem to great to ever bridge.August 30, 2021 at 3:07 pm #171238August 30, 2021 at 5:28 pm #171244
Getting his plan from Machado.September 1, 2021 at 3:59 pm #171405September 1, 2021 at 4:33 pm #171410
Probably not a good sign when the star of your lineup is Patrick Wisdom, although he has had a very nice year.September 1, 2021 at 7:47 pm #171440September 1, 2021 at 7:55 pm #171441blingboyParticipantPaid - Annual
I would point out that Wisdom and the Cubs are ahead in the 3rd. Unlike us.September 1, 2021 at 11:06 pm #171448
The results of a random Wednesday night game have significance why?September 4, 2021 at 10:01 am #171611
cubbies playing some decent ball….which is a good thing. Never thought I’d say that, but for awhile there it looked as if they might have a top 5 draft pick coming their way next year. Hendricks goes today vs Pittsburgh, so that should equate to cub victory. Earlier this year I was worried that Hendricks might notch 20 big ones. But with this supporting cast of misfits, he doesn’t have a prayer. This Schwindell guy sure is bopping the ball for them though. Was glad to see that he’s already 29 years old.September 4, 2021 at 12:48 pm #171624
I was thinking the same thing Pugs. We don’t want their draft pick to be too high.
They have some decent offensive pieces to use next year in Contreras, Happ, Hoerner, Madrigal, Wisdom, Schwindel and Ortega. They also have plenty of payroll room to work with. But if they want to be a competitive team they will need to get more pitching. My guess is that is it will be 2023 before they are challenging for the division again.September 29, 2021 at 6:49 pm #173909
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