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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Belated Spring Training Thoughts

I don’t know if anyone is interested, or will even read this one.  I took my annual trek to the greater Phoenix area early last week, this year accompanied by my newly baseball obsessed 5 year old son.  We saw three games, and I jotted down a few thoughts for each game.

Cubs 9, Rangers 9

There is so much general baseball knowledge that I just take for granted, and can’t remember ever learning.  Especially about Spring Training.  The 2 big ones that I found myself having the hardest time ...

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: March 15, 2017 at 02:06 PM | 6 comment(s)
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Monday, February 20, 2017

Spring Training Open Thread

We’ve gotten some sporadic threads going over the first week of ST, but nothing has really taken off.  I’m putting this up now, and will be adding any news/updates to the comments as they pop up.  It’s going to be a relatively quiet spring, I’d expect, and I’m heading to Phoenix for a few games in a couple of week (so if anyone is going to be there, let me know).

Here’s how I see the roster today, feel free to comment, laugh, etc:

Hitters (10) - Rizzo, Bryant, Zobrist, Russell, ...

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: February 20, 2017 at 11:48 AM | 17 comment(s)
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Thursday, February 02, 2017

Last Minute Depth Shopping

I added a comment to the last post about the Brett Anderson signing, but there wasn’t a thread for it (nor did it really deserve it’s own thread).  That’s obviously a depth signing, and at only $3.5 mil guaranteed, it’s relatively low risk.  It’s incredibly unlikely he’s healthy enough to be a much of a factor at all, but if he is, the incentives can take his deal up to $10mil.  I’m perfectly fine with this, but if he’s really the 6th starter, there still is more work to do.

So yesterday, the ...

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: February 02, 2017 at 11:21 AM | 34 comment(s)
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Thursday, December 08, 2016

Cubs roster update - post Winter Meetings

Not surprisingly, the Cubs have been relatively quiet so far this offseason.  After a couple moves, I thought it’d be worth putting the current projected 25 man roster on paper to see where things stand.

C: Contreras, Montero
1b: Rizzo
2b: Zobrist, Baez
SS: Russell
3b: Bryant
OF: Heyward, Schwarber, Almora, Jay

SP: Lester, Arrieta, Hendricks, Lackey, Montgomery
CL: Davis
RP: Rondon, Strop, Edwards, Grimm, Uehara

I see those 22 as locks.  Maybe Duensing is a lock, but I don’t think $2mil is a ...

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: December 08, 2016 at 05:09 PM | 80 comment(s)
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Starting to think about 2017

I’m not entirely ready to start thinking about next year yet.  I’m still enjoying this year (side note: Friday at 7pm on FS1 is the 2016 Cubs movie that MLB produced).  There hasn’t been a ton of offseason movement or rumors yet, and the Cubs haven’t really done anything of note, unless of course you’re a 40 man roster fanatic.  Seeing that Fangraphs has put out their 2017 projections made me at least put up this post.  If anything major comes up during the winter meetings, I might start a new ...

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: November 29, 2016 at 01:10 PM | 107 comment(s)
  Related News: cubs, world series champions

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

2016 Season Recap

World Series Champs

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: November 08, 2016 at 02:08 PM | 35 comment(s)
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Thursday, November 03, 2016

Game 7 Feelings

World Series Champions.  Never a doubt.

For Joel. 

For my grandpa.  For everyone that never saw this.  Cubs were the best team, February through November.  Champions.

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: November 03, 2016 at 01:21 AM | 56 comment(s)
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Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Game 6 Feelings

World Series game 7 Cubs

I really don’t have any words tonight, though there’s plenty to talk about.  Maybe I’ll be able to write some coherent sentences then.

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: November 02, 2016 at 12:01 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Related News: cubs, world series

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Game 5 Feelings


Seriously.  Whew.  Holy ####, not sure I’ll be able to fall asleep anytime soon.  So, to try and organize some half thought-through thoughts.

1. Chapman.  This was a tough situation for him; he’s been bad all year with inherited runners and even worse in the playoffs.  Longest outing in his pro career, almost most pitches thrown.  He made it tougher on himself not covering first (though, not sure they get the out), but still came through. 
2. Lester.  I’ll get to the decision to ...

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: October 30, 2016 at 11:58 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Related News: cubs, world series

Game 4 Feelings

Well, hard to like much after that. Kluber was awesome, yet again. The Indians have made almost no mistakes, and have taken advantage of most of the Cubs. The lack of offense is surprising, but the defense falling apart bugs me the most. We can not pick moves here and there, but the Cubs just haven’t been good enough.

Luckily, there’s 3 more games. Once again, on paper, the Cubs have the pitching advantage. They could very easily win each of the next 3 games, or it could end tomorrow. I don’t ...

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: October 30, 2016 at 12:05 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Related News: cubs, world series

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Game 3 Feelings

Well, not a lot that can be sugar coated after that one.  It really is amazing that was a 1-0 game, regardless of the winner, considering the weather.  The fact that neither team came anywhere near close to hitting a home run is absolutely unbelievable.  Anyhow..

Things I liked, enjoyed, or that gave me hope
1. Only giving up 1 run in this weather is a good thing, I guess.
2. I really don’t have any complaints with how any of the Cubs pitchers pitched.  It would have been nice for Hendricks to ...

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: October 29, 2016 at 12:01 AM | 22 comment(s)
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Game 2 Feelings

Late night thoughts, as I wait for the NyQuil to kick in.

Things I liked, enjoyed, or that gave me hope
1. Schwarber, Schwarber, Schwarber.  Is this real?  Were I a neutral fan, I might start thinking this storyline is getting pounded into the ground.  But it’s just so damn incredible.  The entire postgame show was about whether or not he should play LF Friday, and how the Cubs are a different team with him.  Yes, they are, but they were still really, really ####### good without him.  ...

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: October 26, 2016 at 11:37 PM | 95 comment(s)
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Game 1 Feelings

There’s plenty of analysis and overanalysis out there for everyone to find.  Rather than writing a long post in one of the threads, I figured I’d just throw all my thoughts up here and see what sticks.

Things I liked, enjoyed, or that gave me hope
1. Schwarber, Schwarber, Schwarber.  I kind of forgot how good of an eye he had, so there was something to like from each of his at-bats.  He only swung at 2 pitches out of the zone (I think), and even more impressively he hung in against Miller ...

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: October 26, 2016 at 10:17 AM | 62 comment(s)
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Monday, October 24, 2016

Bring on the outsourced 5 minute Indians preview

I haven’t had time to write one of these up yet, but Walt posted this in a comment on the last thread.  I’ll just post what he wrote, and give any of my thoughts in the comments.

I’ve paid very little attention to this team all year but here goes:

Offense is better than the overall numbers look—the overall numbers are dragged down by a mostly terrible bench but the starters are pretty good and they cleaned up one weakness getting Guyer to mash LHP. There’s no stud batter but everybody is a ...

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: October 24, 2016 at 10:15 AM | 91 comment(s)
  Related News: cubs, ohmygodistillaminshock, world series

Sunday, October 23, 2016

NL pennant thread

Hell yeah. Whooo.

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: October 23, 2016 at 01:35 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Related News: cubs, nlcs, pennant

Friday, October 21, 2016

The Long Wait

No, not THAT one.  I’m talking about the long wait until 7:08pm tomorrow.  These waits with the offday in between are just so, so long.  I already spend so much overthinking things, now I have another 24 or so hours to question and re-question everything I think I’ve convinced myself to think to feel. 

Anyhow, the Cubs are in position to clinch the pennant at home.  It’s a big moment, and as much as I try, it’s impossible to ignore history.  Luckily, history doesn’t really matter; or it ...

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: October 21, 2016 at 10:24 AM | 119 comment(s)
  Related News: cubs, nlcs, playoffs

Friday, October 14, 2016

Bring on the five minute Dodgers preview

I don’t have a lot of time today to write any sort of detailed preview.  Besides, there’ll be plenty of those everywhere else.  It’s been quite an exciting playoffs so far, but I wouldn’t complain if the Cubs were able to take care of business a little more quietly this series.  So borrowing a format I used earlier…

Reasons for Optimism (all the same, but with thoughts slightly tweaked as applicable):

1. Pitching and defense.  Just like last time, the Cubs have an advantage here.  The Kershaw ...

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: October 14, 2016 at 01:06 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Related News: cubs, dodgers, nlcs, playoffs

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

NLDS Winner Thread

Just wanted to get something up. Probably will write more tomorrow.

All I’ll say is have some faith in this team. Don’t get discouraged or give up so easy. They’re good, and it’s never over.

Hell, they’re really ####### good.

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: October 12, 2016 at 12:58 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Related News: cubs, nlcs, nlds, playoffs

Monday, October 10, 2016

Gut check Monday

Rather that doing any sort of write, I thought I’d list out a bunch of things I like, or didn’t like, or felt, after the first 2 games; plus how I feel about tonight’s game.

Things to like:
1. Javy.  It really speaks to how far he’s come all the ways he’s making an impact.  Sure, I’d love for him to run out of the box sprinting every time (more on that late), but he’s been exactly what the Cubs needed at the bottom of the lineup.  He hasn’t even had to do too much defensively yet, but the ...

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: October 10, 2016 at 09:49 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Related News: cubs, giants, playoffs

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Bring on the Giants

This will be a very unorganized preview, but I wanted to get something up to talk about here.  I’m sure there’ll be plenty of previews to read.  Most will say something along the lines of the Cubs are the better team on paper, but it’s an even year and the Giants and a proven October winner.  Since I don’t believe in that - or curses/jinxes - but realize anything can happen in a short series, I’ll say the Cubs are clearly the better team on paper but the Giants will be a tough match (and a ...

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: October 06, 2016 at 11:01 AM | 82 comment(s)
  Related News: cubs, giants, playoffs, previews

Monday, October 03, 2016

Five minute non-specific opponent playoff preview

I’ll write a little more after the NL WC game on Wednesday, once we know who the Cubs are playing (quick thought - I don’t have a preference; both the Mets and Giants have obvious strengths and ways they could beat the Cubs, and also plenty of weaknesses and reasons the Cubs can beat them).  In the meantime, here’s some quick thoughts about how things are looking.  First though, 103 wins.  Wow.  I hope we can fully appreciate how great this season way, regardless of how this month turns out.  ...

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: October 03, 2016 at 05:14 PM | 27 comment(s)
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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Fear, Worry, and Overthinking

Since the Cubs actually cliched, and even well before that when it was inevitable, I found it easy to push a bunch of minor concerns out of my mind.  Usually a quick “Yeah, but that won’t matter until October” was enough to mentally move on.  Now that the playoffs are just a (long, long) week away, the doubts have started creeping back in.  So, in the remaining 8 days until the Cubs play their next meaningful game, here are the things that worry me.

1. This:

We interrupt your regularly ...

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: September 29, 2016 at 10:41 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Related News: cubs, playoffs

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I Am Fine with This

As Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer assemble a 2012 team that looks to be, well, not very good, I find myself in an odd state of mind.  Of their six biggest contributors in terms of WAR in 2011, four (Matt Garza, Aramis Ramirez, Carlos Peña, Sean Marshall) are either gone or apparently on their way out, and in no case does it appear that the Cubs have clearly superior short- or long-term replacements.  Ramirez was one of three 10 and 5 players on the 2011 team. Only one, Ryan Dempster, is likely to ...

Andere Richtingen Posted: January 10, 2012 at 11:06 PM | 56 comment(s)
  Related News: cubs

Monday, August 22, 2011

GM Candidates

Now that the Cubs have finally fired Jim Hendry, I thought it’d be a good time to see if this blog thing still works.  I’ve decided to create a thread listing the potential candidates, and anytime I see any sort of update, I’ll put it in this thread.  If I miss a story, please feel free to add it yourself.

The early candidates include:
Billy Beane
Brian Cashman
Andrew Friedman
Rick Hahn.

Buster Olney mentioned on BBTN last night that he believes the top 3 are the Cubs top choices, while a lot ...

Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist Posted: August 22, 2011 at 05:29 PM | 84 comment(s)
  Related News: astros, athletics, cubs, rays, white sox, yankees


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