Cubs playoff roster announced

In Major League Baseball, News And Rumors, Playoffs by dmick8945 Comments

The Cubs announced their playoff roster, but will wait until later to announce today's starting lineup. From cubs.com: PITCHERS (10) Jake Arrieta Trevor Cahill Justin Grimm Kyle Hendricks Jon Lester Clayton Richard Fernando Rodney Hector Rondon Pedro Strop Travis Wood CATCHERS (3) Miguel Montero David Ross Kyle Schwarber INFIELDERS (6) Javier Baez Kris Bryant Starlin Castro Tommy La Stella Anthony …

CBS Sports on Jake Arrieta’s dominance

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Matt Snyder has a really good article up on CBS Sports about Jake Arrieta's emergence as an ace and total domination over the course of the season. I'll just quote the ending, which doesn't give anything away that you didn't already know so go read the article.  Quite simply, Jake Arrieta — who a contender had no use for two …

Miguel Montero predicts Cubs will win World Series

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Apparently Miguel Montero has already predicted the Cubs will win the World Series. Cubs.com published their 5 reasons the Cubs will win the World Series post today and one of the reasons is this: Catcher Miguel Montero already has predicted Starlin Castro will be the MVP of the postseason, and it would be quite a turnaround. Castro was batting .236 when Maddon took him …

Really, the 2015 Cubs just won 97 games!

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The Cubs won't host the NL Wild Card game against the Pirates unless the Reds complete some sort of magical comeback (they trail 4-0 late), but this team just won their 97th game of the season. They finished 97-65 and it's the 9th most wins in franchise history. It's tied with the 2008 club in wins, which was the best …

fivethirtyeight on Jake Arrieta’s release point

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Rob Arthur has a really good article up on fivethirtyeight.com on Jake Arrieta's emergence as an ace and it discusses the change in his release point at length.  Most of the time, the horizontal and vertical coordinates of a pitcher’s release point are fairly constant, determined largely by mechanics learned long before he made the majors. In Arrieta’s case, however, his …