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  1. #436
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    This is the best Iíve seen Schwarber, heís finally adding some value

  2. #437
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeanutPunch33 View Post
    This is the best Iíve seen Schwarber, heís finally adding some value
    He has been very good. And if it continues, he lengthens the line up. Not expecting him to stay hot all year. Just raise that average to the .250 to .265 range. With that and his ability to take a walk, you would have a decent hitter. He is in no way the "typical" lead off hitter, but, if he gets on at a .360 to .370 clip (which if he does hit .250 to .265, he will) that will play leading off. He may never be what many projected him to be, and therefore will always be looked on as a disappointment. However, if he can be a guy that is a plus offensive player, that is still good. And, IMO, he is that player. He may never be the level of Bryant of Rizzo, but .250/.365/.475 would probably produce OPS+ of around 125 to 130. That would be a very solid ballplayer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcal10 View Post
    He has been very good. And if it continues, he lengthens the line up. Not expecting him to stay hot all year. Just raise that average to the .250 to .265 range. With that and his ability to take a walk, you would have a decent hitter. He is in no way the "typical" lead off hitter, but, if he gets on at a .360 to .370 clip (which if he does hit .250 to .265, he will) that will play leading off. He may never be what many projected him to be, and therefore will always be looked on as a disappointment. However, if he can be a guy that is a plus offensive player, that is still good. And, IMO, he is that player. He may never be the level of Bryant of Rizzo, but .250/.365/.475 would probably produce OPS+ of around 125 to 130. That would be a very solid ballplayer.
    It sure would've been cool to watch another Babe Ruth though...

  4. #439
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    After the incessant hand-wringing last year about all the games the Cubs scored 1 or 0 runs, it made me smile to read that the Cubs now lead the league with the most 1 or 0 run games allowed.

  5. #440
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    Quote Originally Posted by davearm View Post
    It sure would've been cool to watch another Babe Ruth though...
    EXACTLY. With those expectations, it is no wonder people are disappointed in him.

  6. #441
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    I think it's insane in general that people have ever complained about our lineup. We frequently run lineups out there with one below average hitter in them (and a pitcher).

    Currently:
    109
    141
    145
    135
    142
    105
    117
    95

    That's what our lineup is (in terms of wRC+) when we have Russell in at 2B right now. You can swap a couple of guys around, but in general our lineup is insane.

  7. #442
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    Its frustrating that as soon as our ancillary bats start hitting, our big 4 collectively go in the tank. Well, Javy climbed out of his funk but Bryzzo and Willy have been pretty bad the last 2 weeks. I know we can't realistically expect the unit to fire on all cylinders all year, but hell, how about for a couple weeks, or maybe even a month.

    They seem to take turns lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by WOwolfOL View Post
    Its frustrating that as soon as our ancillary bats start hitting, our big 4 collectively go in the tank. Well, Javy climbed out of his funk but Bryzzo and Willy have been pretty bad the last 2 weeks. I know we can't realistically expect the unit to fire on all cylinders all year, but hell, how about for a couple weeks, or maybe even a month.

    They seem to take turns lol
    That what seems to be the problem with these guys..

    They have 4 guys having somewhat a plus year in Contreras Rizzo Baez and Bryant, and then everyone else..

    When 2 or all of the plus guys slump at the same time then the offense looks terrible most of the time unless a couple of the others are in a hot streak

  9. #444
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    Quote Originally Posted by chibears55 View Post
    That what seems to be the problem with these guys..

    They have 4 guys having somewhat a plus year in Contreras Rizzo Baez and Bryant, and then everyone else..

    When 2 or all of the plus guys slump at the same time then the offense looks terrible most of the time unless a couple of the others are in a hot streak
    Yep, same as every year for every team. It is the game of baseball. Players are not robots. A guy who hits .300 doesn't get a hit every game and go 3 for 10 every 3 games.
    A good team with good players still has a stretch of time when they do not look good. And a bad team with a lot of bad players also has a stretch of good play. But somehow when the bad stretch happens to the Cubs people act like it shouldn't happen.
    The game is great and maddening for the same reason. Any day, anything can happen. Just have to have enough talent to be on the right side of the final score around 60% of the time.

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