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  1. Castro look better at the plate then he has all year.
  2. Even for the final wildcard and only 4 games back of the Pirates.
  3. Following the team this year has been entertaining. All of the talk has swayed from definitely playoff bound to not this year after every streak of good or bad play. On team with so many young hitters, the streakiness had to be expected.
  4. The biggest disappointment is Castro. He doesn't look comfortable at the plate at all. Fowler is right behind him. While Lester isn't looking like an ace so far and the pickoff situation is a joke, his numbers are actually pretty good. I am not too worried about him. He has pitched a couple years already without throwing to first. These professional mind blocks are incomprehensible. I don't think Soler is looking lost at the plate. He has had a fair number of horrible strike calls against him and he also has rocketed the ball into a ton of outs. He hasn't found a comfort zone yet but I think he will be the 2nd best hitter (better than Bryant) on this team when he does. I fear (relatively) Bryant's development a bit because his contact rate is suspect. He has a great eye for the strike zone and has to have battled for more walks from an 0-2 count that anybody in baseball. However, he has a very high BABIP and still a just an okay batting average. I think his ceiling is limited. He will still be All Star level but I doubt he will push for MVPs if the can't connect more often. The staters have been elite this year. All they need is an innings eater so I don't see a major deal. The bigger hole is CF versus RHP. I hear of Gerardo Parra and Will Venable but not sure about their CF defense. Don't know who else is available. Despite his offensive shortcomings, Russell is a good enough 2B because his range is unreal. I couldn't expect much more so far so I am happy. The fight for the wildcard will be fun to watch and they have a chance. Unreal how good the division is right now. The NL Central will a great fight for years to come.
  5. Why not just put him in a corner outfield spot?They seem determined to develop him as a catcher.And there isn't a hole in a corner outfield spot. Solar will be back soon and Coghlan has been a good player. Despite his start, there is no reason to think Schwarber will be anything but a league average hitter at this point and the Cubs already possess that quality at every position he could play. Barring another injury, he will be catching at Iowa next week. And everything I am reading is very optimistic he could be enough of a catcher to take advantage of the hitter he could be at the position.
  6. If Boub prefers this route I could help with caretaking.Sure. I do want to be in this league but my time is torn apart now. There is a good chance I can return in 2016 after I get really used to the full time/over time in my career now. A boubcheese owner partner team is completely fine with me. I can help cheese this year sometimes and then be a half/half owner in 2016.
  7. Received. I am so sorry for the delay. I won't go deep into the backstory but I am teaching again after a long health issue prevented full time work. Particularly at the school I am currently working, I just don't have a ton of free time to devote myself to this league to the standard it deserves. Best of luck to everyone.
  8. I am fine but my life now is super busy. I will drop out of this league but I will send Spartan pay for 2014 and 2015 this week.
  9. She is still going strong and down to the 150's. She has held her weight in the 150's through the winter despite a back injury that has prevented her from consistent exercise almost all winter. I still have every expectation that she will continue her effort. She doesn't have a specific weight in mind but I think she will know when she is in her sweet spot. I am very proud of her. It has not been easy for her. Just wanted to update a positive update of a similar but very different situation to the OP. They identified her back injury as a herniated disc that was pushing on her nerve resulting in severe pain shooting down her right leg. After months of physical therapy she had surgery in May to removed the pressure on her nerve and it has been successful. Her weight climbed back into the 160's as she was unable to exercise for 6 or so months. She just got the okay to do more strenuous cardio exercise and is back in the 150's. She jumped right back into it and her future health is looking good. Good for her. It's tough, especially with an injury. It is still all her. Nothing you do to support her? Sometimes it is just up to them to make the decision. I don't push exercise on her or get on her case if she adds some calories with desert. I am available as much as possible to walk with her to places instead of using lazier methods. We walked 7 miles a couple weeks ago when doing a bit of shopping. I do tell her I am proud. I also "notice" changes in her body and tell her how good she is looking. 99% of the her motivation is from within. I don't think it can be any other way.
  10. She is still going strong and down to the 150's. She has held her weight in the 150's through the winter despite a back injury that has prevented her from consistent exercise almost all winter. I still have every expectation that she will continue her effort. She doesn't have a specific weight in mind but I think she will know when she is in her sweet spot. I am very proud of her. It has not been easy for her. Just wanted to update a positive update of a similar but very different situation to the OP. They identified her back injury as a herniated disc that was pushing on her nerve resulting in severe pain shooting down her right leg. After months of physical therapy she had surgery in May to removed the pressure on her nerve and it has been successful. Her weight climbed back into the 160's as she was unable to exercise for 6 or so months. She just got the okay to do more strenuous cardio exercise and is back in the 150's. She jumped right back into it and her future health is looking good.
  11. I am not really salivating. The lineup will likely be the Cubs reality next September barring injury. By next spring Baez and Bryant will have no reason to be in the minors aside from saving future dollars. Soler and Russell will be in AAA for 400+ PA's by Sept 1 next year if they aren't already at Wrigley. Certainly most of these hitters will struggle when called up and some of them may never make the adjustments to be average starters. Any Cubs fan assuming the offense will improve with the youngsters could be in for a rude awakening. The exciting aspect is finally being able to watch all of these elite prospects in Wrigley after the lack of draw lately. Hopefully they have enough talent to add another all-star or two to Castro and Rizzo and develop into a solid offense in the future.
  12. Alcantara is staying up for good. Soler has been promoted to AAA and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him in September since he is already on the 40 man. Almora has been promoted to AA since he has been on fire for over a month now (after a terrible start). At this point they are all still prospects. But at least we will be watching with some interest at a ton of young talent by next summer. All that is holding Baez and Bryant back until then is how the Cubs handle the extra year and super 2 status. By the end of next year the Cubs should be sinking or swimming with Castillo (28), Rizzo (26) and Castro (25) being the veterans in the lineup. C - Castillo 1B - Rizzo 2B - Baez 3B - Russell SS - Castro LF - Soler CF - Alcantara RF - Bryant I don't think they will all succeed at this level but they will be in the majors figuring it out together soon. And I don't see Castro moving off of SS until 2017 if Russell ever does push him to 3B.
  13. All I would worry about with Arrieta is the increase use of that nasty slider and its affect on the health of his elbow. Otherwise, legit.
  14. He's not getting sent down until the 22nd for sure. Per Carrie Muskat: #Cubs decide to keep Alcantara for now and Hendricks optioned to Iowa Cubs won't need Hendricks because of the all star game. It will be interesting to see if he stays at 2B or gets some CF time. He looked like he belonged.