Baseball Prospectus, Condensed For Your At-Work Reading

What the latest Baseball Prospectus annual has to say about the Cubs, minus all those pesky numbers and the obscure historical and literary allusions:

Ronny Cedeno
"...Cedeno's is a tried and true skill set–the same one that's earning Orlando Cabrera millions of dollars every season..."

Ryan Dempster
"...has experienced a steady decline in his groundball rates over the past three seasons...coupled with command that was never very good to begin with..."

Mark DeRosa
"If the Cubs bring in a Brian Roberts-type...the gains will be less than they might appear at first glance."

Kosuke Fukudome
"An inspired acquisition...a J.D. Drew/Bobby Abreu type of player..."

Rich Hill
"...Hill's probably going to need to work on (a pitch in addition to his curveball) if he wants to be an ace instead of a very solid number two."

Bob Howry
"...probably the Cubs' best relief pitcher entering the season, at least when the wind is blowing in."

Derrek Lee
"Expect a little more in the home run department, but perhaps a little less of everything else."

Ted Lilly
"...his should prove to be one of the best contracts signed between the 2006 and 2007."

Carlos Marmol
"To build on his breakout season, Marmol will have to rely less on his fastball and...work on throwing his good curveball down in the zone."

Jason Marquis
"...a borderline liability for a team that aspires to make the playoffs."

Felix Pie
"...a ton of upside here...(the Cubs) need to make a commitment to him as a big-league regular..."

Aramis Ramirez
"...one of the most underappreciated stars of the NL."

Alfonso Soriano
"...a very good player who sometimes gets mistaken for a great one."

Geovany Soto
"...one of the more valuable prospects in baseball...already the best catcher in the division..."

Ryan Theriot
"...overrated for a variety of reasons...the Cubs need to upgrade at shortstop."

Kerry Wood
"Don't expect miracles...should be a decent major-league reliever."

Michael Wuertz
"...(has) finally developed decent command over (his) slippery, slidey arsenal..."

Carlos Zambrano
"...a pitcher of legendary durability, but...probably closer to a number two than a true ace in most other respects."

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  • first game for lester giving up more than 2 runs since july 24th. hell of a run.

    crunch 3 min 25 sec ago view
  • doh, yes...dunno what happened there. jake arrieta is all "bro wut?"

    crunch 35 min 22 sec ago view
  • lester going for #20...cubs haven't had a LH (thanks jpep for the correction) 20 game winner since d.ellsworth in 1963.

    crunch 36 min 47 sec ago view
  • fwiw, all the games are free on mlb.tv

    crunch 37 min 47 sec ago view
  • Short rest for MadBum would be 2 days. WC game is Wed., Games 1 & 2 are Friday/Saturday.

    billybucks 56 min 7 sec ago view
  • A left-handed one...

    JoePepitone 2 hours 48 min ago view
  • J-Hey not finishing with an offensive onslaught.

    If Geoff Blum could be a Playoff hero, there is hope still...

    The E-Man 6 hours 37 min ago view
  • Giants scare me. I think you're wrong about Bumgarner, he would pitch on short rest for Game 2 and then full rest for Game 5. Cueto would go Game 1, then short rest in game 4. Add in some really tough outs in that lineup and I want nothing to do with them. With that rotation they can easily steal a series.

    Cards are a tough matchup. The rivalry evens out their comparable lack of talent. And like someone said, they love HRs, which is how to beat the Cubs. The upside is that I would feel really good about Lester twice against STL.

    John Beasley 7 hours 22 min ago view
  • j.buchanan with a nice start...5ip 2h 1bb 3k, 0r/er

    zobrist with 2HR and a double through 8

    heyward 0-4 :(

    crunch 19 hours 23 min ago view
  • Mark Gonzales @MDGonzales

    Soler likely to return Sunday, Maddon says

    crunch 22 hours 52 sec ago view
  • Right now, I'd like to see the Mets first, Giants 2nd.

    I believe that since most of the team from last years' NLCS is on the squad this year, they will really amp their game up even more to kick their ass in payback for 2015.

    The Giants just do not have the depth in years past, and I think all things equal - and at Wrigley - they could handle them.

    I do not want to see the Cards, period. Or their fans, media, or Joe Buck.

    The E-Man 22 hours 20 min ago view
  • I don't want to play Braves in the first round. Any friggin team in the league can win 3 of 5..I hate the first round. Furthermore, I wanted to play the Marlins in 2003 and the Mets over Dodgers last year.

    With that said in reverse order:
    3. Cardinals: It will be devastating to lose in the first round, but even worse to their main rival. It is increased incentive for the Cardinals, especially after last year. Cards would have nothing to lose, Cubs have everything to lose.

    2. Giants: Rotation in the playoffs scare me a bit, but what a lousy team.

    blockhead25 23 hours 3 min ago view
  • 1. Mets--because of the losses in the rotation
    2. Giants--because they're not the team they were BUT they maybe have bullshit even-year magic?
    3. Cardinals--because rivalry and not making the playoffs hurts them more than losing in the NLDS plus getting eliminated by them in the playoffs would make for horrible sports commentary next throughout next season.

    Charlie 1 day 46 min ago view
  • Who's asking?

    jacos 1 day 48 min ago view
  • #TeamEntropy

    http://www.si.com/mlb/2016/09/30/team-entropy-update-wild-card-races-al-...

    CLE/DET rained out last night already, possible rain-outs in New York (vs. Baltimore), Boston(vs. Toronto) and Philly(vs. Mets) this weekend too.

    Not only games involving playoff spots that would need to be played, but any that involve home field advantage.

    Rob G. 1 day 57 min ago view
  • I got the first one! Second one I'm not even sure what even/odd betting is.

    johann 1 day 1 hour ago view