Chicago Cubs 2024

#753      
Assuming Hendricks goes to the IL, and including Horton and Killian, the Cubs now have 11 of the organization’s top 17 pitchers headed into the season on the injured list.

They have their 3 highest paid position players in Bellinger, Swanson and Suzuki making $74.5 million this year and combining to give 2.9 bWAR so far.

A team built on defense, they have 3 projected starters in Morel, Amaya and Suzuki who’ve been benched because their gloves are unplayable.
 
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Assuming Hendricks goes to the IL, and including Horton and Killian, the Cubs now have 11 of the organization’s top 17 pitchers headed into the season on the injured list.

They have their 3 highest paid position players in Bellinger, Swanson and Suzuki making $74.5 million this year and combining to give 2.9 bWAR so far.

A team built on defense, they have 3 projected starters in Morel, Amaya and Suzuki who’ve been benched because their gloves are unplayable.
We're seeing why the Cubs were able to get Bellinger back at a fairly good price. His days of being a dangerous bat are long gone. Bellinger, Happ, and Suzuki are perfect complimentary pieces, but if they're your most important hitters you're not going to be a good team. You have 3 moons with no planet.
 
#755      
We're seeing why the Cubs were able to get Bellinger back at a fairly good price. His days of being a dangerous bat are long gone. Bellinger, Happ, and Suzuki are perfect complimentary pieces, but if they're your most important hitters you're not going to be a good team. You have 3 moons with no planet.
Bellinger is overpaid for his output this year
 
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Bellinger is overpaid for his output this year
There's no doubt, but coming off the year he had last season the Cubs probably got him for as good a deal as you could have hoped for in today's salary environment. His OBP is 30 points lower and his slugging is over 100 points lower. He's slightly better than a replacement level player right now. If we were seeing last year's Bellinger, the Cubs might be a couple games better. Unfortunately, this team is so bad that doesn't really help them much. Every bat is worse, except for Happ, and there's no Yan Gomes stepping up to give an unexpected boost.
 
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Swanson? Bellinger? Morel? Hoerner?

Hello. Your teammates need you. Anytime now.
 
#764      
I think this is forgetting both how bad Heyward was in 2016 and how good Swanson was last year.

Swanson doesn’t have to hit too much to be a valuable shortstop, while there was basically no amount of great defense that would make Heyward a valuable right fielder with that bat.
There's still a lot of time left on Swanson's contract but in 2016 Heyward's OPS was .631. Just about his worst full year. He then had 3 straight years in the 7's before he started to get hurt.
Swanson's is .611 this year.
And I'm not a Swanson hater and realize a good defensive SS is worth more than a good defensive OF.
 
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Is Swanson "Heyward 2.0" ?
Yes. He swings a wet noodle for a bat just like Heyward. Seems like a good guy and great defensive player just like Heyward. Signed to way too big a contract just like Heyward. At some point the Cubs as an organization have to realize you want the guys the Braves want, and you don't want the guys the Braves don't want.
 
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Belli to IL w/fracture. Canario up.
Hurts the Cubs whether you want to keep him or trade him.
Maybe rest will do him some good. I am excited to see Canario come up. He's a big league hitter. He's rotting in the minors. If the Cubs aren't going to play him, trade him. He's already 24. He should be getting ABs in the majors.
 
#771      
Just caught the tail end an interview of Lee Smith on Marquee as I was flicking channels. Said Dallas Green always complained about how slow he was pitching. Lee said that he had buddies on the ground crew who made time and a half after 4:30. So he intentionally took a little more time when he came in.
 
#775      
“Surge” is too strong a word, but Mastrobuoni is having another July bout of adequacy at the plate.

Given he’s clearly the best glove option at third, I’d expect to see more of him in the lineup going forward.

When Tauchman or Bellinger comes back, I don’t know how they play both Morel and Suzuki in the same lineup. Suzuki showed again last night that he needs to be at DH when the Cubs have enough healthy outfielders for him to do so. But then, if Morel never starts hitting, it doesn’t really matter.
 
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