Is the Cubs’ Fuel Mix Too Rich
Something I tell my Little League players is I don’t make the lineup, they do. What they show me in practice and during games dictates where and how much they play. It’s a twelve player roster and each player has to play a minimum of 2 innings in the field and get 1 at bat per game. Most of the time that means the six best players play the whole game and the other six get subbed half the game each, more or less. In conjunction with this I also tell them that I want them to make it hard on me when I make the lineup, meaning I want to have 12 players who deserve to start. I tell them that as motivation, but between you & me I HATE make those decisions on who last 3 starters will be and who will sit on the bench when they are all competitive. It’s a lot easier when 3 kids are considerably worse than the other 9 so they are the automatic bench warmers.
I hear Cap’n thinking to himself, “That’s cute & all, Adam, but why the eff should I care?”
Lately I’m wondering, have Theo and Jed done too good a job with the Cubs roster? Take Ian Happ. What do they do with him? He clearly would be a starter on probably 26 MLB teams. He just happens to belong to the Cubs who have Ben Zobrist, Javier Baez, Kyle Schwarber, Albert Almora, Jr., and Jason Heyward, who are signed through 2020, 2022, 2022, 2023, and 2023, respectively, blocking his way to the majors. I fully acknowledge this is a wonderful problem to have, but seriously, what are they going to do? Sure the law of averages says somebody(s) will get hurt, and that will open up some playing time, but we’re already one starter rich (not even including the increasingly insignificant Jon Jay), so even if one of these guys (or Bryant, Rizzo or Russell) gets hurt that only gets one guy off the bench.
With their lukewarm performance to date, I’m wondering if this crowded dugout is hurting the Cubs’ chemistry.
What do you think? Do you see the Cubs trying to move any of these guys? If so, why?