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  • Doug S.

    Great job Joe. Division by 15 games? Do you have another bet?

    • Buddy

      I would of course be thrilled if the Cubs win the division by 15 games or more, but I am not holding my breath.

      • I’d be more than happy to win it by a half a game.

      • Buddy

        Excellent point. A division title by any amount of games is a beautiful thing! It will be interesting to watch the reaction of fans this year if the Cubs don’t run away with the National League. Expectations seem crazy high from the fans I talk to on a regular basis.

      • Bartz

        Expectations are going to be high simply because they’re the defending champions, but I do agree with you. Schwarber has yet to play a full major league season and will be doing so on a repaired knee. Hendricks had a career year, so it’ll be interesting to see if he can do it again. Arrieta was lights out for a year and a half, but showed he was human over the second half of last season. Although his numbers weren’t spectacular, Fowler was the table-setter and has now joined the dark side.

        Most fans are still riding the wave from last season, but I feel like these are some legit concerns heading into this season.

      • Buddy

        Yep. And expectations should be high, as the Cubs are very talented. But some of the stuff I hear people say is in the history breaking / record setting category. Those are the expectations that seem out of whack to me.

      • cap’n realist

        You mean like Schwarber’s 83 home runs?

      • Eddie Von White

        That’s just love talk.

      • cap’n realist

        Eddie Von Westheimer

      • Eddie Von White

        They would probably play better in the post season if that were the case.

    • Joe Aiello

      No bet, but I just don’t feel like the division is very good.

  • Bryzzo1744

    Awesome. You should have asked why we aren’t throwing our 3 best starters in the opening series

    • Joe Aiello

      I don’t know that you understand the difference between an interviewer and an interviewee

      • Bryzzo1744

        Someone should have brought it up. It’s a valid question.

  • Doug S.

    Hector got beat up pretty good last night. Sunday that starts becoming uncool.

  • Doc Raker

    Why does Marty or Miller wear a Winnipeg Jets cap in Iowa?

  • Doc Raker

    Great job Joe, very Prosaic. Excellent.

    • Sherm

      Doc Von Won’t Let it go

  • cap’n realist

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again….Joe has a great face for radio.

    In all seriousness, nice interview. I have a bet with a Mariner fan that the Cubs will win 25 more games than Seattle this year. Post-season included. Lou Malnatis pizza vs. a whole King Salmon, plus shipping.

    • Joe Aiello

      I don’t feel good about beating Seattle by 25. I think the Mariners will be over .500, which means the Cubs have to completely rake.

      • cap’n realist

        Post season is included, and I’m planning on getting 12 more wins right there…

      • Bryzzo1744

        You think we’re going to be a wild card team?

    • Bryzzo1744

      Do you get frozen Lou’s shipped to CA? I’ve looked into it, but I don’t like the options they have

  • Dork

    I am still worried about the Dodgers!

  • Dork

    Joe you did not give us a mention – not even the 83 HR prediction on Swarbs

    • Joe Aiello

      I had to continue fooling people into thinking I’m credible. It’s worked for 14 years, so why stop now?

  • Doc Raker

    I am a little bent that Big Toe Joe didn’t drop the 83 jacks for Schwarbs prediction and Big Toe Joe you should demand when interviewed to be called Big Toe Joe. “We got Big Toe Joe from the VFTB on today. Really Big Toe, 83 jacks for Schwarbs. Are you serious?”

    BTJ- “Excuse me, I am just finishing my mac and cheese topped off with a fried egg breakfast. What now? 83 jacks for Schwarbs, for sure easy. Schwarbs is going yard every 6.3 plate appearance which would be 95.24 jacks with 600 PA’s, with 700 PA’s it is 111.11 jacks so I cut it down to 83 just to be conservative. With Schwarbs leading off he could possibly get 775 PA’s which would be 4.78 PA’s per game. With the Cubs scoring an average of 9.2 runs per game you got to figure Schwarbs will at least get 5 PA’s every game and maybe up to 6 PA’s a game. Could you imagine 6 plate appearances a game, although you have to go conservative on it because Schwarbs may be replaced in the late innings for defensive replacements which could lower his expected PA’s for the year. So I went conservative with 83 jacks. Now if you will excuse me, some guy named Butts sent over a turkey and cheese or rye, baked with Italian dressing. I llove the way the oregano floats around in the dressing.”

  • Brad Lyerla

    First individual player mentioned in the interview is Schwarbs, which is interesting. Joe comes back to him later.

    Second, is Heyward, which is worrisome. I hate to see fans start the season with their focus on Heyward. Joe handled this OK. The front office wants Heyward to have a fast start.

    Then interview moves to our starting pitching and its lack of depth. Joe blows this away. Everyone is thin.

    Then Fowler. Are we underestimating the loss of Fowler? Joe smoothly begins talking about Almora and his upside.

    Then should Schwarber lead off? Joe, again, handles this really well. “I enjoy thinking about a starting pitcher starting off facing Schwarber, Bryant and Rizzo . . . ?”

    Nice interview.

    Then, will the Cubs run away with it? Joe says Cubs will win the division by 15!! Bold. Nice!

    • Joe Aiello

      Thanks Brad.