2019 Predictions Contest
The Free Agents Contest has not been determined, but it's already time to reveal your "genius" in a new way: the 2019 TCR Predictions Contest. It's the second or third most wholesome thing you can do on the web.
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.
udbrky 17 min 13 sec ago (view)
Wow, it's so awesome to see someone re-evaluate like that, you made my day! He's also just a fun guy. Seems like a great teammate!
Hagsag 1 hour 38 min ago (view)
Norwood back down and Maples and Tim Collins back up. A nine man bullpen for today at least.
Charlie 2 hours 1 min ago (view)
You know, this gave me reason to second guess my feeling about Strop, and he is clearly very consistent. His ERA, peripherals, and even velocity have been really consistent during his time as a Cub. Good call, udbrky!
Hagsag 2 hours 32 min ago (view)
Thanks Phil, oh I mean Tim.
tim815 2 hours 43 min ago (view)
Not Phil, but, the DSL guys not ready to regularly get out AZL hitters will return to Boca Chica as better pitchers than they were.
Hagsag 6 hours 22 min ago (view)
Mark Zagunis optioned to Iowa.
Hagsag 7 hours 5 min ago (view)
Phil, I have been looking at the DSL pitching staffs. It doesn't look like there are enough pitchers down in the DR to field two teams. Will some pitchers be going back to the DR shortly? Thanks.
crunch 9 hours 48 min ago (view)
it's a bit of a stretch to say the cubs have had 5 relievers worth bothering ranking unless you count some random guys only around for 1 or 2 seasons...sadly...and oddly considering how old the team is...
sutter, lee, strop...r.myers, h.rondon, dempster, marmol, d.elston...late career charlie root... *shrug*...joe borowski had 2 great seasons and 3 bad ones (1 full, 2 partial) during his cubs tenure...
udbrky 11 hours 13 min ago (view)
Not always consistent is a weird way to describe one of the best 5 relievers the Cubs have ever had.
crunch 13 hours 29 min ago (view)
cubs lose, brewers lose, cardinals lose, pirates lose...
Charlie 16 hours 34 min ago (view)
They need to do something (or multiple somethings) if they want to guard against bullpen-related crashes going forward. I get the sense there's a real chance Morrow doesn't contribute this season, and Strop is not always consistent even when he's healthy.
crunch 19 hours 38 min ago (view)
it's not the worst pen in baseball, but like...this pen sucks. boo. fire everyone. etc.
at least it's not the WAS pen. that pen is hot garbage.
crunch 22 hours 4 min ago (view)
miguel amaya...bat and D at the C position both very promising.
a lot of people like aramis ademan, though i dunno if anyone would consider him an "impact" type player even as a middle IF'r.
jury is still out on how to gauge brennen davis's possible impact. high ceiling, but everyone's still waiting to see what he can actually do while he has his tools tweaked in ARZ.
Karl Pagel Blues 23 hours 12 min ago (view)
Outside of Nico Hoerner, who is on the fast track to Wrigley, Nelson Velazquez, Jonathan Sierra and Cole Roederer are the three hitters in the lower minors that have the most potential to be impact bats down the road, in my opinion. Otherwise, I don't see much that impresses me. Am I missing someone?
Not so for pitching.
Barring injury, unexpected regression and/or trades, there are a number of Cubs MiLB pitchers who I think will make it to the majors.
Karl Pagel Blues 23 hours 32 min ago (view)
Norwood doesn't have the electric stuff of Maples but is able to put the ball over the plate.
Cubs sure seem to have their share of righty relief pitchers in Iowa who can help out during the summer.
Arizona Phil 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
Cubs recall RHRP James Norwood from AAA Iowa, and option RHRP Rowan Wick back to the I-Cubs.