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    Well, the bats looked good yesterday.
    Some are saying the cubbies won't even break .500 this year...

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    That's just click bait! They will, at the very least, be competing for the division title or WC until the end of the season. The starting rotation and bullpen are the biggest worries. How much does Lester and Hamels have left, and will Darvish be the ace that we all expected? I'm still mystified why the Brewers haven't acquired any additional starters. I believe their BP is going to break down this year. I suspect it will be between the Cubs and Cards for the division title.

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    • #3
      Well, we've definitely righted the ship. I wonder how many still think the cubbies won't finish over .500....

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      • #4
        Despite the 3-8 start, this years Cubs are playing better baseball than in 2017 and 2018. And if they can continue playing this consistently through the end of the regular season and into the postseason, they can win another WS title if not make it back to the WS at least.

        Last season was a mess throughout, especially after the All-Star break. Not only Joe Maddon made moves that were more questionable than what he did in Game 7 of the WS back in '16 when the Cubs won it all; Chili Davis wasn't as good hitting coach at all, which was a big factor in why the offense grew cold during the second half. The pitching was also not that consistent. Yu Darvish missed much of the season due to injuries. Tyler Chatwood walked so many batters, and for this reason was moved to the bullpen. And the bullpen couldn't hold onto the lead at times. Had the Cubs played just as consistently last year as they're doing now, they could've won their second WS title in 3 years if not make their second WS appearance in that timespan.

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        • #5
          Did anyone else see last nights game? That Rizzo shot off the Bud sign is about the hardest shot I've seen so far this year.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Iowanic View Post
            Did anyone else see last nights game? That Rizzo shot off the Bud sign is about the hardest shot I've seen so far this year.
            Yes. It reminded me of Schwarber's HR that landed on the top of the RF video board during the 2015 NLDS against the Cardinals.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Iowanic View Post
              Well, we've definitely righted the ship. I wonder how many still think the cubbies won't finish over .500....
              Nobody thought that. All of the major publications picked them 1st or 2nd and every projection system picked them 87-90 wins or so.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Bothrops Atrox View Post

                Nobody thought that. All of the major publications picked them 1st or 2nd and every projection system picked them 87-90 wins or so.
                I thought PECOTA predicted that the Cubs would finish in last place in the NL Central with only 79 wins.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by 3rdGenCub View Post

                  I thought PECOTA predicted that the Cubs would finish in last place in the NL Central with only 79 wins.
                  Not sure about Pecota. Zips, steamer, Marcel, and 538 all had them around 88-90 wins.

                  So if Pecota said under .500, than they were the lone outlier.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Bothrops Atrox View Post

                    Not sure about Pecota. Zips, steamer, Marcel, and 538 all had them around 88-90 wins.

                    So if Pecota said under .500, than they were the lone outlier.
                    Yes, Pecota was the lone outlier. It got quite a bit of press in Chicago. The Cubs posted it on their Spring Training bulletin board to motivate the team.

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                    • #11
                      I hear Maddon is done.
                      It was fun for a while.....

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                      • #12
                        Looks like PECOTA was closer to the final win-total than what it would have taken to win the division. Whoda thunk?
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                        • #13
                          PECOTA obviously bribed the Cubs to throw 9 games, so PECOTA's prediction would look better

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