2019 Predictions Contest

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Make your guesses by the first pitch of opening day. Thoughts and prayers are useless, but bribes can be sent using PayPal, Venmo, or EBT.

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n.hoerner goes 2/2 with a walk and a HR...neat.  he also played SS.

Besides the line-drive HR to left-center, Hoerner flew around the bases today, going from 1st to 3rd in the 5th and tagging up at 2nd base and advancing to 3rd on a fly ball to LF in the 7th. Hoerner is a very fast runner, folks. 

Is he a base stealing threat in the future?

CHARLIE: Yes. 

Is it my meds, or could Hoerner be a home-grown leadoff option?

TIM: You must be taking the same meds I'm taking. 

His triple the other day was magnificent. https://twitter.com/nbcscubs/status/1104096390706274305?s=21

dodgers DFA'd josh fields on thursday and released him today.

it seems odd he had little value to the dodgers or anyone else in trade.

2 years of a sub-1.00 WHIP and ERA in the 2.00's doesn't go as far as it used to.

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  • MIL closer (but not their best reliever) c.knebel has gone from "tired arm" to "elbow might be a little bit torn up"

    unfortunately, they've been linked to c.kimbrel lately...hopefully that doesn't happen.

    crunch 6 hours 16 min ago view
  • Here is how the Cubs starting pitching is trending at Minor League Camp as of this morning (Thursday 3/21). There will be changes before the affiliates leave town in about ten days, but here is how things stand right now:  

    Arizona Phil 7 hours 29 min ago view
  • brach not throwing mid-90s yet at this point in spring is a bit concerning...he's been in the high 80s, touching low 90s almost all spring.

    slider velocity is on point.

    crunch 8 hours 58 min ago view
  • Here are the Cubs pitchers velo readings from Thursday afternoon's Cubs - Giants Cactus League game at Sloan Park: 

    KYLE HENDRICKS: 
    FB: 84-86 - T-87 
    CH: 77-80
    CV: 69-71 
    NOTE: Velo was down a bit across the board for Hendricks, but does it really matter?  

    BRIAN DUENSING: 
    FB: 88-89
    CH: 84-86 
    SL: 80
    NOTE: Finished Hendricks' final inning (the 6th)... best thing I can say about Duensing is that he appears to be healthy and is throwing the ball as well as he can... 

    Arizona Phil 9 hours 10 min ago view
  • ...speaking of extensions...looks like goldschmidt/cards are going to be a long-term pain the cubs ass sometime soon.

    crunch 9 hours 36 min ago view
  • Ken Rosenthal‏ @Ken_Rosenthal

    Eloy Jimenez deal with #whitesox is six years, $43M with two club options, but in his camp’s view, he effectively is giving up only one free-agent year. Without deal, he would have started season in AAA and stayed down until at least point when CWS would gain seven years control.

    crunch 15 hours 43 min ago view
  • Thanks alot for the rundown. I’d really like to see them take some risks rather than run with retreads . For instance, I’d like to see Soto-Reynolds/Mejia-Perlaza-Vazquez-Morel to be the SB infield for a good chunk of the year or the MB OF to be Wilson/Artis-Gutierrez-Herron to open with Mitchell on the bench. I’d really really like to see one of Davis or Roederer open with SB (personal preference is Davis but only because I like his potential more). 

    KingKongvsGodzilla 17 hours 13 min ago view
  • ichiro goes 0/4 in his farewell game...it's been an interesting run for a guy who didn't get here til he was 27.

    3089 hits...509 sb...350+ ob%...10 GG...1 MVP

    M's win over the A's in 12 innings...

    crunch 18 hours 53 min ago view
  • For those of you who might have missed Wednesday night's MLB Cactus League Game at Sloan Park, here are the velo readings from Cubs pitchers (and one Dodger pitcher): 

    COLE HAMELS:  
    FB: 91-93 
    CT  87-89 
    CH: 83-85 
    CU: 77-79 
    NOTE: Mixed up his pitches very well and maintained FB velo throughout outing, but fly ball pitchers like Hamels usually don't fare too well in Arizona in March (they don't fare too well in Texas, either). 

    Arizona Phil 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • BRADSBEARD: Cole Roederer has had an impressive week at Minor League Camp and with the MLB club as well, but I think the most-likely scenario is that he stays in Mesa at EXST April-June, is assigned to Eugene on NWL Opening Day, and then (if all goes well at Eugene) gets a promotion to South Bend in mid-July or August, and then gets assigned to the AFL post-2019, and then (best case scenario) - POSSIBLY - gets to AA sometime in 2020 (although Myrtle Beach would be a lot more-likely for Opening Day 2020).

    Arizona Phil 1 day 2 hours ago view
  • The Cubs have released RHSP Christian Bergman from Minor League Camp. He was an NRI to MLB Camp, but was sent down to Minor League Camp last week 

    Arizona Phil 1 day 2 hours ago view
  • Thanks to PHIL and the ASS.

    On another topic - looks like J-Hey is in mid-season form at the plate in camp.

    The E-Man 1 day 5 hours ago view
  • Do you think Roederer opens the season at SB?

    bradsbeard 1 day 7 hours ago view
  • good news...

    Jordan Bastian‏ @MLBastian

    Yu Darvish's between-start bullpen session is scheduled for Friday. If all goes well, his next turn to pitch would fall on Sunday.

    crunch 1 day 8 hours ago view
  • Some things to keep in mind about the "backdating" of injured list assignments: 

    As long as the player did not appear in a game during the retroactive period (including "official" MLB Cactus League or Grapefruit League games or other MLB pre-season exhibition games), an MLB 10-day Injured List assignment can be backdated up to three days (including the three days prior to MLB Opening Day), and a 7-day (acute concussion) Injured List assignment can be backdated up to four days (including the four days prior to MLB Opening Day).

    Arizona Phil 2 days 5 hours ago view
  • For anyone interested, here are the Cubs pitchers velo readings from Tuesday's Cubs - Mariners game at Sloan Park: 

    YU DARVISH: 
    FB: 93-96 
    2S: 89-92
    SL: 83-86  
    CH: 80-83 
    CV: 78 
    ???: 59 (I don't know what type of pitch this was but it was the slowest pitch I've seen since Little League) 
    NOTE: A really interesting variety of pitches from Yu... Looked good until the blister caused him to leave the game earlier than planned...

    Arizona Phil 2 days 6 hours ago view