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Old 01-09-2015, 02:41 PM
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Default The Sporting News picks Cubs to win 2015 World Series

The Sporting News has picked the Cubs to win the 2015 World Series.
What do other Cubs fans think?
http://www.sportingnews.com/mlb/stor...%2Ffb%2FSNMain

I am somewhat a Cubs fan, and go to a couple games a year, though I am not as big a fan as many here are. But I believe it will be difficult to go from last place with just 73 wins, to a playoff team, and win the World Series with just the couple changes they have made.

Jon Lester will make them better, but recall that even with Jeff Samardzija as their #1 pitcher, they were still a bad team headed for last place.
After Lester, I am not entirely sold on the rest of the rotation.

The Sporting News says-
it means that Jake Arrieta slides into the No. 2 spot, followed by returning free agent Jason Hammel, and then some kind of mix of Kyle Hendricks, Travis Wood, Tsuyoshi Wada, Jacob Turner and Felix Doubront. The depth at the back end of the rotation should allow Chicago to put together a formidable starting five coming out of spring training.

My take:
Arietta has a career 34-32 record- he had a great year in 2014, but I would be surprised if he can do it again .
Hammel's career record is 59-70, and he was 2-6 with a 4.26 ERA in the last couple months of last season. I do not see him as better than a .500 pitcher in 2015
Hendricks looked good in limited time as a rookie, but can he sustain it over a full season?
Travis Wood was 8-13 with an ERA of 5.03- His career record is 34-48- the Cubs can't rely on him or they are in trouble.
Tsuyoshi Wada was just 4-4 in his first MLB season, but he will be 34 years old- I don't see him being in the regular rotation.
Jacob Turner- was just 2-4 with an ERA of 6.49! His career record is 11-25!
And Felix Doubront was 4-5 with an ERA of 5.54 last season! The Red Sox were convinced he is washed up, and traded him to the Cubs for virtually nothing. If the Cubs are relying on him, they are in trouble.

If Joe Maddon can produce a World Series with a rotation made up of those pitchers, he truly is a magician. I don't think this group is quite good enough to go all the way to the World Series.

Plus, The Sporting news thinks the Cub's bullpen will be solid, and they list-
Justin Grimm- lifetime record 13-12, ERA of 5.37, no saves.
Pedro Strop- lifetime record 11-12, ERA 3.41, 6 saves over his 6 year career.
Neil Ramirez- Minor League record is 36-35 over 7 minor league seasons with an ERA of 4.41
And Jason Motte- at one time was a good reliever for the St. Louis Cardinals; missed all of 2013 and some of 2014 with Tommy John surgery; came back in 2014 and was not very good, and the Cardinals refuse to resign him. In 29 games last year, he had an ERA of 4.68.
I think the Cubs will need more help there, too.

And the position players-
Anthony Rizzo is a solid run-producing 1st baseman and Starlin Castro is good at shortstop, though his production has dropped off the past 2 seasons. After that they have a bunch of rookies and role players. Will that be enough to compete for the NL Central?
The Sporting News also touts the Cubs' young players- Arismendy Alcantara, but he batted just .205 last season, Jorge Soler, who was impressive but played only 24 games, and Javier Baez who batted .169, and had 95 strikeouts in just 213 AB. IMO, Baez can't hit MLB pitching, and he strikes out too much. Kris Bryant and Addison Russel will be the best of their young guys, but they've never faced major league pitching yet.

It seems The Sporting News is making a few overly optimistic assumptions about the Cubs pitchers, hitters, and about the magical abilities of Joe Maddon. I'd love to see it, but I am expecting a more realistic improvement and would be happy with a .500 season or slightly better.
Baseball starts for the Cubs on Feb. 19 with the opening of their spring training.
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Old 01-09-2015, 03:44 PM
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I'm a die hard Cubs and as much as I like the additions of Lester, Hammel, Motte, the catcher they got from Arizona Miguel Montero and a few others I can't see them be anymore than a .500 team this season. To have a chance at getting to the playoffs the core young 4 of Baez, Alcantara, Soler and Bryant are all going to have to have good years. The first big question will be if Bryant starts the year with the big club or if the Cubs keep him in Triple A so that they can prevent him from becoming a free agent a year early. The Cubs need one more front line starter and I think their bullpen is pretty solid. I'm hoping that the Cubs can pick up Eureka native Ben Zobrist from Tampa Bay. It's amazing to me with all of the Cub bandwagon jumpers that people also seem to be forgetting a little team called the St. Louis Cardinals, who are always looking to improve what they have and should be the favorites to come out of the National League.
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Old 01-09-2015, 05:39 PM
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Their just saying what the movie Back to the Future said, 2015 Cubs world Champs! LOL
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Old 01-09-2015, 06:22 PM
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Their just saying what the movie Back to the Future said, 2015 Cubs world Champs! LOL
Yeah, but they also said the Cubs would apparently sweep a team called the Miami Alligators in 5 games!
http://backtothefuture.wikia.com/wiki/World_Series

Among other events they predicted was Queen Diana would visit Washington DC in October, 2015, there would be a woman president, and someone named Marshall would run a 3 minute mile!-


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One thing everyone is forgetting. They will all still be wearing Cub uniforms.
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Old 01-09-2015, 10:27 PM
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I am a big Cardinals fan, and the Cardinals are still the better team. The Cubs have proved many times that they can beat the Cardinals, and it is a great rivalry, but the Cardinals have a veteran starting rotation. Also, they have third baseman Matt Carpenter who can hit and field with superiority.

The Cardinals bullpen is also more solid. Trevor Rosenthal has been a liability, but he will be solid.

Javier Baez swings at every pitch anywhere near the strike zone. When he connects, it goes a long way, but he doesn't connect very often.

Also, I don't think that a five game sweep is possible.
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The Sporting News has picked the Cubs to win the 2015 World Series.
....Kris Bryant and Addison Russel will be the best of their young guys, but they've never faced major league pitching yet.
The Cubs will call up top prospect Kris Bryant to begin his major league career tomorrow (Friday 4/17)
http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/eye-on-...-bryant-friday
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The Cubs will call up top prospect Kris Bryant to begin his major league career tomorrow (Friday 4/17)
http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/eye-on-...-bryant-friday
Addison Russell may not be far behind. Interestingly enough, he was playing 2B last night for the I-Cubs.
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with all the hype you'd have thought Kris Bryant was going to beak all the home run & RBI records today in his first appearance...
..instead as most sensible people would have predicted - Bryant struggled in his debut and went 0-4 with 3 K's

you'd have thought after doing this all last year overhyping Javier Baez then watching him set all kinds of strikeout & futility records - that they'd have learned their lesson - but then they're Cubs people.
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The Sporting News has picked the Cubs to win the 2015 World Series.
What do other Cubs fans think?
http://www.sportingnews.com/mlb/stor...%2Ffb%2FSNMain

I am somewhat a Cubs fan, and go to a couple games a year, though I am not as big a fan as many here are. But I believe it will be difficult to go from last place with just 73 wins, to a playoff team, and win the World Series with just the couple changes they have made....

If Joe Maddon can produce a World Series with a rotation made up of those pitchers, he truly is a magician. I don't think this group is quite good enough to go all the way to the World Series.

Kris Bryant and Addison Russel will be the best of their young guys, but they've never faced major league pitching yet.
then you had to go say this... Jake Arrieta kinda surprised ya?
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Hey, I was right, wasn't I? They did not win in 2015!
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Hey - let's get the baseball discussion going again...that was a fun ride for the Cubs last year...

I already got some tickets to see the Cubs this year, but the Cardinals seem focused on getting back into the race this season..

they signed Dexter Fowler who the Cubs declined to pursue...
but the Cards also just got terrible news today, as one of the top young prospects among their expected pitching rotation (Alex Reyes, 1.57 ERA, 52K in 46 inn) has just been lost for the entire upcoming season
http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp..._milb&sid=milb

But - the Cubs are going to start the season as the favorites to win again
http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/20...mlb-favorites/
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