Chicago Cubs 2020 Season

I know we're only 14 games in, but I really like how Rossy has lead the way in creating a fun/competitive atmosphere.
 
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Geneseo, IL
I have to admit I really wasn't looking forward to such an abbreviated season but this is a great opportunity for a team that can play good baseball over a short stretch (hopefully the Cubs) and grab a title for 3 1/2 months of work.
 
Jon Lester was 18-6 with a 3.32 ERA in 181 innings in 2018.
He was 13-10 with a 4.46 ERA in 171 innings in 2019.

Great year followed below average year, right?

From 18 to 19 his FIP went down. His HR/9 ticked up only slightly despite HRs being up drastically MLB-wide. His BB/9 went down and his K/9 went up. His drop in results was entirely explained by his hits/9 jumping to a career high 10.7.

And that number was entirely explained by his BABIP jumping from .294 in 2018 (his career is .302 and MLB average is .299) to a career high .350! in 2019.

He was a better pitcher in 2019 than in 2018. He suffered some combination of bad luck or poor defensive play behind him.
 
Jon Lester was 18-6 with a 3.32 ERA in 181 innings in 2018.
He was 13-10 with a 4.46 ERA in 171 innings in 2019.

Great year followed below average year, right?

From 18 to 19 his FIP went down. His HR/9 ticked up only slightly despite HRs being up drastically MLB-wide. His BB/9 went down and his K/9 went up. His drop in results was entirely explained by his hits/9 jumping to a career high 10.7.

And that number was entirely explained by his BABIP jumping from .294 in 2018 (his career is .302 and MLB average is .299) to a career high .350! in 2019.

He was a better pitcher in 2019 than in 2018. He suffered some combination of bad luck or poor defensive play behind him.
Well, I'm not going to start the age old 'it's impossible to be a better pitcher when you're giving up over a run more a game' argument, but late career BABIP jumps are usually not a good thing for pitchers. It is possible to have a year long slump in BABIP numbers but last year Lester's cut fastball was not nearly as lively and that is his number one tool to get weak contact which results in good BABIP. I think it was more than luck, and I do not think he was 'better' in '19 then '18.

He is off to great start this year and if Lester has proven anything over his career is that he is one helluva fighter and makes adjustments with the best of them, Lets go Cubbies!
 
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Not Iowa
I know we're only 14 games in, but I really like how Rossy has lead the way in creating a fun/competitive atmosphere.
Full disclosure - I hate the Cubs. But Rossy has them playing so much better than I would have thought. Going into the first crosstown I thought my White Sox would be roaring, and instead we're limping in and the Cubs are playing well. Would have been an awesome series with human beings in the stands.
 
Not a good weekend (thankfully they have a good cushion in the division); blew multiple run leads all three days. Offense was a strikeout machine today.
 
Chicagoland
Scouting report on Bote: "Don't even think about throwing him a low fastball with men on base in August...EVER!!!" Woo hoo!
 
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If you look at some of the contracts signed by pitchers over the last couple off seasons, Darvish’s $59 million over the last three seasons of his contract looks like it could be an abject steal.

It’s no sure thing, but at this point I’d take the bet that he’s going to pitch well above the value of that contract.
 
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