Episode 41: Spring Training is here and why it matters

Spring Training is here and that means Dr. Pepper? Carlos starts things off with a bizarre comparison that includes a desert and Dr. Pepper.

Then the guys discuss some quirky Maddon moves and whether he’s overmanaging or not: Schwarber in the leadoff spot and a two-headed #5 starter.

The question of the week compares Jorge Soler and Eloy Jimenez, while Joel digs up some old guy for 60 Seconds with a former Cub.

Baseball is back!

Episode 40: PECOTA Projections and Cubs add pitching depth

Projections are fun because fresh stats in the winter are like a warm hug from an old friend you haven’t seen in a long time.

But that’s all they are: projections, and the guys highlight some interesting outliers.

Then they discuss some recent SP signings and what they mean for 2018. Then Isaac drops out because he’s so important and his computer hates him.

At which point Ryan and Carlos heroically carry on for a few more minutes before signing off.

Baseball will be here soon, folks, and all will be better.

 

Episode 39: BP Top Ten Prospects List and Cubs Convention

The BP Top Ten is out and the guys run through some overall thoughts on the list, as well as some strong opinions by Isaac on one particular player.

Then we chat about some players to keep an eye on that didn’t make the top ten and why we like them.

We close it out with Ryan regaling us on his coverage of the Cubs Convention over the weekend.

P.S. We’re trying out a new piece of software, so please let us know if you like the sound on this one—it should be better than before.

BP Wrigleycast Episode 38: Ryan goes rogue, and also Cubs talk

Ryan, Isaac, and Joel get together to discuss the events of the last two weeks. Included is debate about the merits of the Wade Davis for Jorge Soler deal, the bullpen overall, the Jon Jay signing, the split of playing time among the outfielders, and some chatter about the starting rotation.

Later, the guys give their picks for who could be the leadoff man now that Dexter Fowler is wearing Cardinal red. If you like this episode, please follow us @BPWrigleycast on Twitter and send us your feedback!

 

Episode 37: Gauging the Urgency of the Offseason after Winning it All

Things have changed now that the Cubs are World Series champions. But does that change the urgency in the front office and how badly fans want to win?

The guys take a look at that and the most pressing offseason needs for a team that has only a few items on their to-do list this winter. From Dexter Fowler and Albert Almora to veteran leadership and the Charlie Blackmon/Chris Archer rumors, the guys cover it all.

Episode 36: Replacing the Departed and Subverting the Narrative

The guys discuss their favorite moments of the 2016 postseason before closing the book on a magical season and discussing potential offseason moves.

While they appear to have obvious candidates for Dexter Fowler, Jason Hammel, and Aroldis Chapman—things aren’t as simple as they might appear.

Epstein and the Cubs have another busy offseason ahead of them. 

Here are our top moments from the postseason:

Joel: The Contreras pinch hit single

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/94951848/v1205834583/chcsf-gm4-contreras-ties-it-baez-gives-cubs-lead/?query=willson+contreras

Ryan: Montero’s pinch-hit grand slam

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-3RCvdWaPQ&app=desktop

Carlos: The Rajai Davis homerun

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/21753540/v1211132983/ws2016-gm7-hamilton-calls-davis-gametying-homer

Isaac: Cubs Win!

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/21753540/v1211031383/hughes-calls-last-out-of-cubs-world-series-win

 

 

 

Episode 35: The Cubs Win the World Series!

They did it! Joel and Carlos were on hand in Cleveland to witness the epic seventh game of the World Series, while Isaac and Ryan watched from home. They collaborate to give their recollection of the events, including how this changes things for the Cubs and their fans going forward.

Plenty of time is spent waxing poetic about the dramatic weight of the event, but the guys find some time to dig into the nuts and bolts of the game as well–including some headscratching decisions by Joe Maddon and a late Rajai Davis home run that nearly ruined everything.

Thanks for listening this season! It’s been a pleasure to do this podcast, and we appreciate everyone from the bottom of our hearts. Please continue to reach out on Twitter @BPWrigleycast and via email at bpwrigleycast@baseballprospectus.com and send us your questions and comments.

Quick Take: One More W

The Cubs had to win…and they did. Despite the offensive outburst from Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, and Anthony Rizzo, the talk will inevitably center around how Joe Maddon used Aroldis Chapman.

But let’s not forget: The Cubs will be playing in game 7 of the World Series tomorrow.

As Isaac answered when asked how he felt about it, “I’m going to barf.”

It’s a great time to be alive.

Quick Take: Joe Maddon Burns the Ships, Cubs Head to Cleveland for Game 6

Joe Maddon made some questionable decisions, including bringing closer Aroldis Chapman in to pitch in the 7th inning (and never warming anyone up after that). But in the end the Cubs won the game and lived to play another day.

The guys discuss defensive plays, Javy Baez, and David Ross. 

Then they focus on game 6 and their best case and worst case scenarios, which include a perfect setup for the Cubs if they were to reach a game 7.

Quick Take: Cubs Win a World Series Game, Even Series

The Cubs made history by winning a World Series game for the first time in a LONG time. It’s historic, it’s special, it’s amazing. But the guys seem to forget about it and jump right into analyzing the game until Isaac steers the ship in the right direction.

Jake Arrieta wasn’t great, but he was good enough. Kyle Schwarber continues his amazing comeback by steering the offense to a 5-1 game over Cleveland. Mike Montgomery came in and did his best Andrew Miller impression and Aroldis Chapman got four outs to even out the series.

But the biggest question remains: will Kyle Schwarber play the outfield at Wrigley Field if he gets cleared? The guys speculate…wildly.