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|SP Greg Maddux||SP Brandon Backe|
|CF *Orlando Palmeiro||CF Jerry Hairston|
|RF *Todd Self||SS #Neifi Perez|
|2B Craig Biggio||1B Derrek Lee|
|LF #Lance Berkman||RF *Jeromy Burnitz|
|1B *Mike Lamb||3B Aramis Ramirez|
|3B Morgan Ensberg||2B *Todd Walker|
|SS #Jose Vizcaino||LF Jason Dubois|
|C Brad Ausmus||C Michael Barrett|
|Pitcher's spot||Pitcher's spot|
crunch 5 hours 35 min ago (view)
a loss is a loss, and there's more than a few of them with various people at fault...but kimbrel giving the cubs 4 losses in 22.2ip when given a lead to work with is some kind of special for a guy getting $16m a year to throw 60-70 innings.
Arizona Phil 6 hours 7 min ago (view)
Criaig Kimbrel has allowed nine HR in 22.2 IP, and Rowan Wick is the only pitcher who has thrown as many as 33 IP in MLB in 2019 who has yet to allow a HR.
crunch 7 hours 37 min ago (view)
14 wins in their last 16 games.
Arizona Phil 8 hours 55 min ago (view)
I think what we saw with Joe Maddon and the Cubs players in 2019 is what happens when an audience has seen a comedian one too many times and the same old jokes that used to be hilarious just aren't funny anymore. Joe needs to find a new audience.
crunch 9 hours 45 min ago (view)
along with that, i'm not sure how maddon will adapt to not being able to use 6-15 pitchers in a 9 inning game once that's history. it seems to be hard-wired into his managing DNA. it's a bit of an exageration to say he wouldn't adapt, but his extremely "hands on" bullpen management seems to be one of his things.
Dolorous Jon Lester 10 hours 5 min ago (view)
Maddon shoulders plenty of blame. I’m not saying blame shouldn’t be anywhere else (cough pitching development) but Maddons style of managing is designed to keep a team loose. This team has been a little too loose since 2017. To say nothing of the puzzling bullpen management, excessive trust game to game and year to year, and other issues. Joe was the perfect guy to get this team the first title. He was never going to get us a second.
Arizona Phil 10 hours 28 min ago (view)
And the MLB clubs that would probably have the highest degree of interest in Maddon for 2020 would be the Mets, Phillies, Angels, Pirates, White Sox, and Rockies (probably in that order).
BobbyD 10 hours 47 min ago (view)
I despised that pterodactyl clown on the ass sox last year. Now that's he's made it his miss to put the Cubs in a death spin... Just drop him off somewhere far away.
Arizona Phil 10 hours 51 min ago (view)
I'm gonna say Mike Borzello will be managing the Cubs in 2020, and Mark Loretta will get the SD job.
Arizona Phil 10 hours 52 min ago (view)
Kimbrel has until October 31st to designate the eight MLB clubs to which he will not accept a trade, and then it will be up to the Cubs to find a taker (and good luck with that).
Charlie 10 hours 54 min ago (view)
Can we go back and swap Kimbrel for Keuchel?
crunch 10 hours 54 min ago (view)
who's gonna manage the cubs next year? =p
barring a miracle over the next week i dunno if he's gonna make it to 2020. replacing the manager is generally the go-to for a team looking to make a "major change" without actually spending much money. i dunno if maddon can survive this collapse even if he doesn't shoulder much blame.
Arizona Phil 10 hours 56 min ago (view)
Updated 2019 Cubs PH numbers (sorted by PA):
crunch 11 hours 13 min ago (view)
baez K's on 3 pitches.
cubs lose their 5th in a row. brews play a night game.
Dolorous Jon Lester 11 hours 14 min ago (view)
The patented Cub Tease Rally
crunch 11 hours 15 min ago (view)
baez pinch hitting. okay, then.