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    Chicago Cubs 2021 season

    I’m hoping the 8-1 record so far against SD and LA ends the whole, “It doesn’t matter if they win the division because they can’t beat the good teams in the playoffs,” narrative.
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    Chicago Cubs 2021 season

    The Cubs are not all that lucky in 1-run games... 12-9, which is actually a worse winning percentage than in the rest of their games. They've exceeded their win expectancy by 1 game, which is probably statistically irrelevant and might even be a little unlucky if you subscribe to the theory...
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    Chicago Cubs 2021 season

    I went into this tough stretch in June thinking they’d be in great shape if they went 14-12. Getting off to a 3-0 start is a real nice way to begin.
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    Coaching Carousel

    The Indiana fans predicting that Brad Stevens wouldn’t make it to next year as the Celtics’ head coach were right. Stevens promoted to Celtics President after Danny Ainge retires.
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    Chicago Cubs 2021 season

    As good as the bullpen has been, a huge part of the May turnaround has been: Kyle Hendricks: 5 starts, 33.2 IP, 2.67 ERA Zach Davies: 6 starts, 32.1 IP, 1.72 ERA Adbert Alzolay: 5 starts, 28.2 IP, 3.14 ERA
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    Chicago Cubs 2021 season

    Has it been three days since anyone commented in the White Sox thread? Were you getting lonely?
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    Chicago Cubs 2021 season

    Can’t really complain about losing by more than 1 run for the first time in a month. The schedule gets real over the next month, starting with the Padres tomorrow.
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    Chicago Cubs 2021 season

    Cubs relievers 1st among MLB bullpens in both K rate AND ground ball rate. That’s a pretty amazing 1, 2 punch. 3rd in ERA, HR rate and stranded runner percentage.
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    Chicago Cubs 2021 season

    Cubs 3.4 runs/game vs the Pirates and 4.9 runs/game against everybody else makes no sense.
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    Chicago Cubs 2021 season

    Bullpen: 0 ER over 29.2 IP in the last 9 games. ETA: probably not coincidentally, 7-2 record in those 9 games.
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    Chicago Cubs 2021 season

    Also, assuming the Cubs make qualifying offers to each player (and barring a catastrophic injury, they will), they’d get draft picks in compensation if they sign anywhere else. And in the cases of Rizzo and Baez, I’m not sure that any prospects they’d receive in trade would be THAT much...
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    Chicago Cubs 2021 season

    Javy is a fun, charismatic player. But signing him to a long term contract would scare the living crap out of me. His play is so volatile. His immense physical talent is the only thing that allows him to keep up the batting average and power numbers he’s posting now. He makes contact so...
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    Chicago Cubs 2021 season

    Yu Darvish’s last 35 starts: 17-8, 219.1 innings, 2.22 ERA, 285 Ks, 34 BBs. No starts missed due to injury.
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    Chicago Cubs 2021 season

    Right on both counts. Bryant would likely get you something on the order of what the Orioles got in the Machado trade, which was basically, a top 100 prospect, two more prospects in the lower half of the system’s top 10, and then a couple other fringe prospects.
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    Chicago Cubs 2021 season

    If the Cubs hadn’t made the Yu Darvish cash dump, they’d pretty easily be the best team in their division. I’ll be curious to see if the increased capacity allowances will change the ownership’s stance on payroll. Cubs would likely be able to get some talent without giving up much in the way of...