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   101. Spahn Insane, stimulus-funded BurlyMan™ Posted: December 07, 2016 at 06:48 PM (#5364620)
Soler, Heyward and Contreras all homered in their first MLB plate appearances (am I forgetting anyone else on the 2016 Cubs? Baez homered in his first game, but not his first PA.). Wonder if any team's had three such players before; that seems like a lot.
   102. Ardo Posted: December 07, 2016 at 06:53 PM (#5364623)
Maddon has never been a doctrinaire one-inning guy in the playoffs. In the 2008 ALCS, he let Dan Wheeler get 10 outs in a tied Game 2. Then, in Game 7, he had five pitchers face six batters in the eighth inning.
   103. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: December 07, 2016 at 08:36 PM (#5364691)
How quickly we forget that up until the postseason, Maddon was as rigid a one-inning guy as the rest of them.

He tried using Chapman before the eighth when the Cubs first got him, but Chapman balked because he felt more comfortable in the ninth. Maddon went along with it - until October when each game meant a whole lot more.
   104. Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: December 08, 2016 at 04:47 PM (#5365220)
Evan Drellich
Source says Koji Uehara indeed on the brink of signing with the Cubs, although deal may not be final. Reported here:


Thank you, google translate:
Koji Uehara (41) who was a free agent (FA) from the Red Sox turned out to have reached an agreement with the Cubs.

 The annual salary is estimated to be around 4.5 million dollars (about 495 million yen) in a one year contract. Uehara travels to the USA in the near future and is expected to be officially announced through a physical check (physical examination). It is a cavalry where the world series (WS) of the season is controlled, aiming for the world's first since the achievement in Les Army in 13 years.


Last year, he had 47IP in 50g, 133ERA+, 3.51FIP, 12.1k/9, 5.73k/bb, 1.5hr/9.
   105. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: December 08, 2016 at 04:53 PM (#5365227)
So the conspiracy theorists were right - there IS a secret cavalry controlling the World Series. Although you'd think ARod would have done better.
   106. Andere Richtingen Posted: December 08, 2016 at 05:20 PM (#5365251)
Carrie Muskat ‏@CarrieMuskat 12m12 minutes ago
No confirmation re reports #Cubs have signed Uehara to one year deal. He would fill wish list for pitcher effective vs LH hitters


In 863 career PAs, LHB have a .555 OPS against Uehara. .603 against righties in a similar number of PAs. But last year he gave up 8 HR in 47 IP, and his FIP spiked.
   107. Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: December 08, 2016 at 05:33 PM (#5365260)
Sahadev Sharma ‏@sahadevsharma 15m15 minutes ago Chicago, IL
Random note: If Cubs finalize deal with Uehara, they'll have 3 pitchers on the roster who recorded final out of 3 of the last 4 World Series
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