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October 2017



Things You Should Know on October 21st

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Well, it’s over. Did you watch on Thursday? I went to a concert at my church and got home around 9:15p EDT and pulled up the score. I saw it was 7-0 in the 2nd and was thankful I didn’t watch that mess. Now we wait the long wait till opening day.

Here are things you need to know for today.

Yankees / Astros – Game 7 tonight

After going up 2-0 in the series and then dropping three in a row, Justin Verlander was awesome last night and gave the Astros what they paid for to force game seven tonight. It’s been a series of each team holding serve at home and the Astros have the better team, so I’m going with them tonight.

Dusty is Out in Washington

In case you missed the news since it came out early and then got swallowed up by ALCS news, Dusty Baker was relieved of his duties as manager of the Nationals.

Theo Speaks

Theo Epstein had his annual post-season press conference. As usual, he was candid and honest in his responses.

You can listen to the whole press conference here. The biggest nugget was that he mentioned a shakeup from their stock of position players to address the pitching needs. I’d have to imagine that means Kyle Schwarber and/or Ian Happ have been placed on notice.

Jake Sells

This tweet says it all, although maybe it’s not our Arrieta. Look at the spelling on the name. There is still hope.

  • Doc Raker

    Arrieta is asking for $200M over 4 years, he is moving on because the Cubs won’t be that sucker borA$$ is looking for. One sucker out of 30, that is all it takes.

    • Karen Hirsh

      Yes, Jake is done and so is Chris B. Why blame the pitching coach??? It’s the pitchers who stink. Oh well we need a lot of changes.

      • Doc Raker

        They will not blame Madden so………..

  • Junior Von White

    I hope they sign Hendricks long term and let Arrieta walk. We already have one high paid aging pitcher, which is plenty. I like Hendricks, Lester, and Quintana as the 1-2-3 punch next season.

    I’d also bet that Almora is higher on the trade list than Schwarber, but I do hope I am wrong. Sending Schwarber and Happ to a young team for another strong arm would help everyone involved. Schwarber and Happ could nail down the right side of the infield for another team, which is something the Cubs already have taken care of, and the Cubs biggest hole is pitching. However, something tells me we will be forced to watch Schwarber and Zobrist play a lot of outfield next season.

    It should be an interesting offseason. It Seems like this team has a lot of puzzle pieces in the wrong places. I wonder what Theo and Jed have in mind.

  • cap’n realist

    Bosio canned. Addition by subtraction. Some good moves are coming to address the pitching staff. Finally, something positive that I can feel good about direction-wise.

    • Bryzzo1744

      I agree with you. I’d like to see them go after Mike Maddux. His contract is up in Washington. I would prefer Greg, but I don’t think he wants to coach.

      Edit: Greg is a pitching coach at UNLV, where his son plays. Perhaps he doesn’t want to be an MLB coach. He wants to chill in Vegas as much as he can, I think

      • cap’n realist

        hire him as a special assistant, similar to what the Diamondbacks have done with Dave Duncan.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        I agree with this thought completely, which doesn’t happen much

  • Buddy

    If Jake would sign for three years or less, the Cubs would probably be interested. But he won’t, so that’s that. Any bets on where he lands? Angels perhaps?

    • Doc Raker

      There is only a few teams that can afford him and the Angels are dumb enough to sign him for that kind of money. See the Pujols contract to prove the Angels are suckers.

  • Doc Raker

    Astro’s Dojers World Series, this should be good. The two best teams from each league, it should be good baseball and I dig good baseball. I love when I get to watch the Cubs play good baseball but I still dig good baseball Cubs or not.

    I am rooting for the Astros, Astros in 6. What do yous think?

    • Mother Nature

      I think the weather will cooperate

    • Eddie Von White

      I am rooting for the Astros as well. I enjoyed watching the game last night without my heart racing.

      • Yep, rooting for the Astros here too!

    • Bryzzo1744

      I’m rooting for Houston also.

    • Karen Hirsh

      I agree. Astros to beat Dodgers but maybe in 7.

  • Doc Raker

    Does anyone remember the Sports Illustrated issue about 3 or 4 years ago when they predicted a Cubs Astros World Series? They were both rebuilding and stock piling young talent at the time. Turned out to be a good prediction, the Cubs and Astros might not be playing each other but both made it to the World Series from the current rebuild.

  • Sherm

    I’m pulling for Houston – if any city needs a victory, it’s that one. We were lucky (for those of you who don’t know, I have a house there right next door to my daughter’s house there) and I have a son in law who thought to research flood planes when he bought. Both houses were 2 feet higher than the historical highest – and all four neighborhoods surrounding them were washed out while theirs and ours were absolutely fine. Lucky and smart – a good combination. Anyway, go Astros.

    I wouldn’t have hated seeing the Yankees go – how can you not like this Judge kid? And I’ll always have a place in my heart that roots for Starlin Castro. Conversely, I can’t stand CC Sabathia or Gary “cheap shot” Sanchez, so it was a push.

    I can’t say that I have any idea who AJ Hinch is…but he’s done a great job with that team, proving once again that you don’t need to be a former superstar to manage. Altuve is crazy fun to watch. And, but for the want of a pitcher? Kris Bryant could be THEIR third baseman!

    Have never ever been a Dodger fan. Not for a minute. Don’t hate them as much as I once did – but don’t care for the shenanigans of Puig…that gets tiring very quickly. They, too, have some good young talent, and it should be a very well-played series between the two best teams in baseball. That said? Probably won’t have or make time to watch much of it.

    Wouldn’t Verlander have looked good in a Cub uniform? Back when the Cubs were talking about Sonny Gray, I said that they should target him…and they waited until they’d run out of prospects. Too bad.

    I’m okay with Greg Maddux’s brother as pitching coach. I’d choose him over Hickey all day. I don’t think it’s that hard a job. Good pitching coaches just need to say “throw your best pitch for strikes. Repeat.” The Cubs need someone who will stand up to Maddon and say “leave him in, Joe. He’s got this.”

    Was listening to the game on the treadmill this morning and caught the comment that Altuve really went from good to great when he starting being patiently selective at the plate. Every Cub could benefit from this advice. Don’t swing at everything you think you can hit – wait and swing at the ones you can hit hard. They do that? They become scary. I’d like to see them find a hitting coach who preaches that philosophy.

    Even if they have to eat some salary? I’d trade Schwarber and Heyward to Boston for Mookie Betts. Both teams get better immediately.

    Cub bullpen doesn’t need a major overhaul – just some fine tuning and better management. If Davis will take a one or two year deal, I’d re-sign him.

    Well, they didn’t win it all, but they still went pretty far – and I don’t think any of us died from it, so that’s a plus. On to the next. More thoughts as they come…

    • Eddie Von White

      I’m not so sure Doug S. and Dork survived. They haven’t been around here for awhile.

      • You’re right. I think we were too negative for Dork and too positive for Doug.

      • Eddie Von White

        That sounds like balance to me.

      • Doc Raker

        Dork is still celebrating the 3 years in a row to the NLCS which is definitley an accomplishment and Doug is Dork’s designated driver