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Re: General Cubs Chit-Chat

Postby Andy » Thu Jun 16, 2022 1:31 pm

Ding Dong Johnson wrote:Where's the best spot to park for the game tomorrow without dropping a ton of cash?

If you're willing to walk a bit (15 minutes or so), once you get north of the Clark & Southport intersection, you can legally park on the street next to the cemetery without paying.
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Re: General Cubs Chit-Chat

Postby cl smooth » Thu Jun 16, 2022 1:37 pm

Ding Dong Johnson wrote:Where's the best spot to park for the game tomorrow without dropping a ton of cash?


when i'm in town, i usually park near belmont or montrose harbor and walk to wrigley.
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Postby CubinNY » Thu Jun 16, 2022 2:02 pm

I keep getting texts from the Cubs to purchase tickets for Father's day, "before they're gone".
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Postby UMFan83 » Thu Jun 16, 2022 2:12 pm

cl smooth wrote:
Ding Dong Johnson wrote:Where's the best spot to park for the game tomorrow without dropping a ton of cash?


when i'm in town, i usually park near belmont or montrose harbor and walk to wrigley.


Yep, also anything west of Ashland is typically free. Last game I went to I found a free spot just south of Addison and Ashland and made the 10 minute or so walk. If you don't mind walking its not that difficult to find a free spot, especially because the Cubs blow and the park isn't full most nights.
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Re: General Cubs Chit-Chat

Postby Bertz » Thu Jun 16, 2022 2:32 pm

UMFan83 wrote:
cl smooth wrote:
Ding Dong Johnson wrote:Where's the best spot to park for the game tomorrow without dropping a ton of cash?


when i'm in town, i usually park near belmont or montrose harbor and walk to wrigley.


Yep, also anything west of Ashland is typically free. Last game I went to I found a free spot just south of Addison and Ashland and made the 10 minute or so walk. If you don't mind walking its not that difficult to find a free spot, especially because the Cubs blow and the park isn't full most nights.


Yeah this is the play. I used to live right over there by the Whole Foods and it's basically the perfect distance to be close enough for the walk to be reasonable while far enough for parking and traffic to not be too bad yet.
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Re: General Cubs Chit-Chat

Postby Tryptamine » Thu Jun 16, 2022 4:44 pm

Ten games into the season when the Cubs were 6-4, I almost started thinking that maybe they weren't terrible and could fluke their way into 80 wins. After going 17-35 over the next 52, I can assuredly say they have a top 4 pick coming. I'm not confident this team wins 60 games, especially after they lose Contreras and more.
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Postby Transmogrified Tiger » Thu Jun 16, 2022 5:37 pm

Tryptamine wrote:Ten games into the season when the Cubs were 6-4, I almost started thinking that maybe they weren't terrible and could fluke their way into 80 wins. After going 17-35 over the next 52, I can assuredly say they have a top 4 pick coming. I'm not confident this team wins 60 games, especially after they lose Contreras and more.


As with the season so far, it's gonna depend on the SP. Right now they're 18th in position player WAR, 19th in reliever WAR, and 28th in SP. If you had told any of us before the season that the Top 4 starters(Hendricks, Stroman, Miley, Smyly) will make 55% of the starts, and that Hendricks and Stroman combined for a 5+ ERA when they do start, we'd have said that team is not gonna win 75 games and might struggle to win 70.

If you want the optimist's case, you don't have to squint very hard to see improvement from Hendricks/Stroman, and if Smyly and/or Miley aren't healthy soon they aren't gonna get dealt when they do get healthy, plus Kilian is likely to get his legs under him. Yes trading Contreras would suck but that's easier to weather over 2 months than half your rotation being hurt and the other half being bad(especially b/c of the downstream effects like pulling Thompson out of the pen).

But none of that has to happen, any of the hurt pitchers could stay hurt or come back bad, Hendricks and Kilian might not find their command, Steele could run out of steam with a full season's workload. If things don't get better than they are now they're gonna be in the lottery. I don't think failing to win 60 games is particularly likely(they're still on pace for 61 after losing 9 straight), but that's not a terribly meaningful distinction. What matters more than winning 58 or 64 or 72 or 77 games is what pieces they comfortably have in place for next year.
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Re: General Cubs Chit-Chat

Postby Derwood » Thu Jun 16, 2022 5:53 pm

CubinNY wrote:I keep getting texts from the Cubs to purchase tickets for Father's day, "before they're gone".


They just mean "before the Cubs are mathematically eliminated"
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Postby We Got The Whole 9 » Thu Jun 16, 2022 7:30 pm

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CubinNY wrote:I keep getting texts from the Cubs to purchase tickets for Father's day, "before they're gone".


They just mean "before the Cubs are mathematically eliminated"
Or before Willy, Happ, and anybody worth a horsefeathers is gone

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Re: General Cubs Chit-Chat

Postby Ding Dong Johnson » Fri Jun 17, 2022 4:51 am

I know everyone’s on the edge of their seats. I parked at a spot at DePaul and rode the train in. That was the easiest trip in and out of the park I’ve ever taken. Cheap too.
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Postby UMFan83 » Tue Jun 21, 2022 3:22 pm



How are they so bad at this year after year?
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Postby Ding Dong Johnson » Tue Jun 21, 2022 3:24 pm

It was part of the Theo deal. Chris Carpenter + you must suck at hitting with RISP.
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Postby JudasIscariotTheBird » Tue Jun 21, 2022 3:29 pm

UMFan83 wrote:https://twitter.com/cubprospects/status/1539080655363100672?s=21&t=TqnFnWR99vMHju1okNKH0w

How are they so bad at this year after year?

That's pretty amazing. I'd like to see those numbers equalized to overall BA. I'm sure they are still ridiculous.
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Re: General Cubs Chit-Chat

Postby Transmogrified Tiger » Tue Jun 21, 2022 3:36 pm

It's a little more understandable when you see that even the good teams were never all that good at batting average in general:

2022 - 15th
2021 - 24th
2020 - 27th
2019 - 13th
2018 - 4th
2017 - 16th
2016 - 14th
2015 - 29th
2014 - 27th
2013 - 27th
2012 - 26th

If you look at something more comprehensive than average, then you see more of an alignment with the overall quality of the offense. They were in the top half in RISP wOBA the same years they were in the top half of wOBA overall, with the one true outlier being 2018.
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Re: General Cubs Chit-Chat

Postby itisallpartoftheplan » Tue Jun 21, 2022 4:41 pm



Contreras up on the catchers vote by a good margin.
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Re: General Cubs Chit-Chat

Postby We Got The Whole 9 » Tue Jun 21, 2022 6:08 pm

It's meaningless but the Cubs haven't had a 300 hitter since pre-Theo Starlin. I figure that's gotta be a record.
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Postby Cubswin11 » Tue Jun 21, 2022 6:12 pm

We Got The Whole 9 wrote:It's meaningless but the Cubs haven't had a 300 hitter since pre-Theo Starlin. I figure that's gotta be a record.

Zobrist hit .308 in 2018 and KB and Jay both had like .296 season(s). Rizzo had two low-mid .290 seasons too. Which yeah not .300+ but that’s basically a rounding error and like what,~12 more hits over the course of the year?
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Postby We Got The Whole 9 » Wed Jun 22, 2022 12:10 am

Cubswin11 wrote:
We Got The Whole 9 wrote:It's meaningless but the Cubs haven't had a 300 hitter since pre-Theo Starlin. I figure that's gotta be a record.

Zobrist hit .308 in 2018 and KB and Jay both had like .296 season(s). Rizzo had two low-mid .290 seasons too. Which yeah not .300+ but that’s basically a rounding error and like what,~12 more hits over the course of the year?


Ah my bad, missed Zobrist. Good catch. I thought about this a couple weeks ago, and yeah, stupid distinction.
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Re: General Cubs Chit-Chat

Postby Transmogrified Tiger » Thu Jun 23, 2022 2:33 pm

Bummer for Ethan, kinda assumed this was coming when he left a rehab outing with arm pain

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Re: General Cubs Chit-Chat

Postby Derwood » Sun Jun 26, 2022 12:03 pm

Here's a fun fact:

The 1997 Cubs started the season 0-14. They finished the year 68-94

The 2022 Cubs are currently on pace to finish 61-101
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Postby We Got The Whole 9 » Sun Jun 26, 2022 1:22 pm

Since returning from the IL on 5/25 Nico has the lowest K rate in baseball at 4.9% and the next closest is JRam at 6.6%. Nico has struck out just 3 times in June. What's also encouraging and somewhat exciting is that he's maintained his LA during that time and that is just below 10 on the season, which is a number that several guys live at and still punch out 20 HR a year with. He could be in for a major breakout next year. During that time post-IL he's put up the 2nd best defense across baseball also.
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Re: General Cubs Chit-Chat

Postby champaignchris » Sun Jun 26, 2022 4:15 pm

Derwood wrote:Here's a fun fact:

The 1997 Cubs started the season 0-14. They finished the year 68-94

The 2022 Cubs are currently on pace to finish 61-101


This team currently has a worse winning percentage than the 2012 Cubs, the worst team of the Theo rebuild, and would be the 4th worst team in franchise history with only 1962, 1966 and 1981 being worse, all before Contreras, Robertson, and etc. are traded away.

This year’s team wasn’t supposed to be great, but it wasn’t supposed to be “one of the 5 worst teams in the 147-year franchise history” bad.
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Re: General Cubs Chit-Chat

Postby muntjack » Sun Jun 26, 2022 4:34 pm

Starting pitching is very important
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Postby Backtobanks » Sun Jun 26, 2022 5:04 pm

muntjack wrote:Starting pitching is very important


What's this "starting pitching" you speak of?
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Re: General Cubs Chit-Chat

Postby Backtobanks » Sun Jun 26, 2022 5:09 pm

Hoyer has gone from "aim for 82 wins and hope for the best" to "aim for 62 wins and hope for the best".
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