Nifty move by Theo to pick up Darvish and Morrow from the Dodgers.
That’s a +2 for the Cubs (they couldn’t hit either one of those guys last year) and a -2 for the Dodgers, the team they met in the NLCS the last two years, who have to replace two of their best pitchers.
The Sox are 2-3 years behind the Cubs. Arguably the most exciting baseball this year will be played on the South Side. Those kids are going to make a lot of mistakes, but they’re also some of the premier up-and-coming talent in all of baseball. Regardless of their record, they should be fun to watch.
Oh I know, and while I love me a good 1-0 pitching duel, you can’t beat a 10-9 back and forth game either. That’s the kind of unpredictable excitement I was referring to. Ricky will get his guys running the bases and yes, no lead will be safe, but they should have the bats to hang with anybody (if not the defense).
- Cubs in '16 (and '18) - Tuesday, Feb 27, 18 @ 3:18 pm:
Cubs have a renewed determination and hunger. Should be a fun season on the north side.
=–Arguably the most exciting baseball this year will be played on the South Side. –
No pitching. That’s how they got the kids.=
I wouldn’t bet on that one. They have some talent. They need bullpen help, but my guess is that they are waiting for the team to develop before they buy a bullpen. They have several strong pitching prospects and some talent already on the roster.
- Veil of Ignorance - Tuesday, Feb 27, 18 @ 3:49 pm:
Strange as a White Sox fan to say that I’m looking forward to this season…even though we’ll still probably lose 90+ games. Growing pains, but at least we’re growing.
RNUG. After nearly a century of national league domination, my beloved Redbirds are purposely taking a few years off. This way they can rathole a few more million. This fact, coupled with their sweetheart tax deals surrounding ballpark village, should allow them to completely destroy all the competing businesses around Busch. When mission complete they should be able to buy all the players money has to offer. Watch out then Cubbies.
I like the cubs. They are too proud of an ownership group to take sweerheart taxpayer deals.
- lake county democrat - Tuesday, Feb 27, 18 @ 5:41 pm:
Sox pitching will be interesting - Fulmer looked much better last fall than he did in his first stint up, Lucas and Reynaldo looked good too, hopefully Rodon can have a healthy second half, and Kopech should get a fall tryout (maybe Dylan Chase too). By next year when they’re ready to compete Shields’ contract will be nearly up and they can go free agent hunting early like the Cubs did with Lester.
Cubs could easily afford Darvish ADN Arietta - they were the most profitable team in baseball before the current run, I can’t even fathom how much money they have now (and that’s with bad tv deals, which are going to expire soon).
- lake county democrat - Tuesday, Feb 27, 18 @ 5:45 pm:
Plus the Cubs are “born on 3rd base” - they play in a division with only 5 teams and the other four are in the smallest markets in baseball. Well, three - the Cardinals are in a small market but they draw from a region and they have deep pocket ownership, but still an easier route to a division title than most teams.