Chaos and Wisdom: 2023 chicago cubs

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I like Taillon as well! I’m seeing them in the (lol) London series in June, so will be following them a bit this season too. Wish I’d gone to a game when I was in Chicago last year.

I saw Stroman is their SP for opening day, friend of mine saw Wisdom at ST last week and liked what she saw, good to see him get a start today as well.

limb tins & cum (gyac), Thursday, 30 March 2023 16:50 (five months ago) link

Overall this team has likable guys but they really feel like one of the mid-90s post-Maddux/pre-Sammy breaking records squads, or one of the post-Bartman/post-Mark Prior teams. Just a lot of placeholders, a couple Hail Mary types plugged in where you hope for the best outcome, a very basic slugger in the mix. Everyone just waiting for prospects to emerge and the right chemistry to be created.

omar little, Thursday, 30 March 2023 16:59 (five months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Taillon, great performance yesterday, then the cubs lost in the ninth. Pretty promising though.

The cubs need a masher in that lineup. Speaking of, Heyward is making me look a little wrong, he's doing pretty alright in L.A.

omar little, Sunday, 16 April 2023 16:30 (five months ago) link

three months pass...

Hey these guys aren't so bad. Bellinger missed a lot of time but wow he's having an absolutely great year. If he had managed to play a full season and maintained his pace throughout, his bWAR would be 7.0. I feel like the Cubs have to seriously consider a multi-year extension, what he's doing appears to be real. Morel has mostly been great, Taillon has been better lately but mostly a disaster. Stroman and Steele, absolutely stellar. Jeimer looks like a guy who might pull a Castellanos the rest of the year, pretty amazing start with the new squad.

omar little, Sunday, 6 August 2023 20:16 (one month ago) link

I’ve really enjoyed the Cubs, they got absolutely pounded when I saw them in London but they’re usually a nice team to watch and they’ve been hot af recently. Morel my favourite.

ydkb (gyac), Sunday, 6 August 2023 20:22 (one month ago) link

four weeks pass...

I keep missing this thread being bumped!

Cool mention in The Athletic today:

We don’t have to remind Cubs fans that their team was 10 games under .500 in early June. As The Athletic’s Jayson Stark pointed out last week, since the start of the wild-card era in 1995, only one team has made the playoffs after being that many games under .500 that late into the season: the 2022 Seattle Mariners. The Mariners, of course, were trying to end an interminable postseason drought. The Cubs’ drought isn’t nearly that long; they grabbed a playoff spot in 2020. But after a combined 179 losses in the last two seasons, this appearance could be especially sweet. — RD

They were 37-39 after the game I saw them at in London on the 25th June. If they make the playoffs, you can thank me for my support on the day (but not Tracer Hand, who supported the Cards).

Morel‘s cooled off a lot but hopefully he can regain some form. Really liked this mention of him (also in the Athletic) a few weeks back:

Christopher Morel has been one of their most exciting players to watch, so much so that you can’t even go get a Chicago dog behind home plate in between innings if he’s due up.

ydkb (gyac), Tuesday, 5 September 2023 17:26 (two weeks ago) link

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