Jump to content
Fantasy Football - Footballguys Forums

boubucarow

Members
  • Posts

    9,133
  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by boubucarow

  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.
  15. He has all of the talent for the position. He loses some concentration from time to time. The problem I see is that his issues don't change moving him to another position. It isn't like he doesn't have the range or the arm for shortstop. He has it all. He makes plays other shortstops can't make. He has been an average SS in his career but perception of those concentration lapses dominate the Castro media cycle. There is absolutely no reason the Cubs trade Castro unless they are blown away by an offer. All the talk about their shortstop prospects is silly considering Russell is the only one who can shift Castro off of shortstop. Alantara is a 2B/CF going forward and Baez will be playing 2B/3B/OF when he is called up next year. Russell likely doesn't see Wrigley until late 2015/2016. Even if all the prospects work out, there is a spot for everybody in the short term. And we all know that some of these prospects won't work out.
  16. Alcantara up for a couple days during Barney's maternity leave. He will be up to stay soon.
  17. We could probably find success with early academies in California and Texas to counter act the Mexico attraction. Dan Patrick actually said something I agree with in that if we concentrated on pockets of high soccer involvement like California, Texas, and even now the Northwest we could replicate the strong pools of talent found in other nations without the need for nationwide action.
  18. Got back to this. 2011/12 - 6th in league, won League Cup and FA Cup 2012/13 - 8th in league, lost in Euro Cup final to Real Madrid 2013/14 - 2nd in league In the 2014/15 preseason, I have turned down Bayern and Atletico in the past. So, after every subsequent opening resulting in a response from me, City fired Mancini, I denied comment, City hired Mourinho from Real Madrid, and Real Madrid offers me the job. I normally would just stick with Wolves despite having only 5 million pound transfer budget this window (Aaron Lennon). But Real Madrid is offering: Transfer Budget: 265,000,000 Wade Budget: 2,900,000 per week Current Wage: 1,860,000 per week I have to see what I can do with that. I would be moving from Chadli, Bressan, Lennon, Fletcher at the top of my 4-2-3-1 to Ronaldo, Ozil, Benzama, Higuain before I spend a dime. I accepted and saved the Madrid game in case I ever want to spend 265 million pounds but I have continued with Wolves. 2011/12 - 6th in league, won League Cup and FA Cup 2012/13 - 8th in league, lost in Euro Cup final to Real Madrid 2013/14 - 2nd in league 2014/15 - 6th in league, lost in Champions League QF to Barcelona 2015/16 - Premier League Champions, lost in Euro SF to CSKA Moscow, Won League Cup, gave up a league low 18 goals My defense was led by early years on the cheap signings Boyata and Coates along with GK David Ospina. The finances at Wolves got a little shaky at the end of last season, my facilities were downgraded, and their were multiple stories about Wolves selling off players. This is after I was given $18 M to spend on a promising young striker from West Ham and during my qualification for huge money next season. Thankfully a chairman switch injected a ton of cash and now we are a rich club. I was able to address some of the facilities in the offseason and I am sitting on $25 M in transfer funds without a good enough target to spend it on. I probably will be mining for young talent again. Wolves rep is up to 4 stars and has a top 20 co-efficient standing. We were seeded 2nd in the Champions League draw and our co-efficient has one more season to rise before I run into higher coefficients from my earlier seasons. Unfortunately, I am still only favored personnel while Steven Fletcher (91 goals and counting) and Yaya Sonogo (for some reason) are club icons. I have also took on the England job just in time for World Cup qualification. Damn, I think you're playing my team! I've got a Wolves team currently playing the 2016-17 season which I started in 2011-12 season, and I've gotten them into the top 4 finally. I've got Boyata, and Ospina too. I actually didn't spend much of my 30M transfer budget this past summer, though I think I'll need to after a few of my players leave this coming summer. Fun side to win with as you clearly have to pick and manage players right to win with it. Finally had a breakthrough season in 2017-18. Won the League Cup, the FA Cup and the Europa League, and finished 2nd in the PL with 84 points and a +49 goal differential. I'd previously lost in 1 League Cup final and two Europa League finals, and my best league finish was 4th, followed by crashing out of the CL immediately when I needed to qualify against Inter and lost on away goals. Frustratingly close. Trouble is that Man City's won the league for 6 consecutive seasons and they finished with 92 points and +58. And they just signed Messi during the summer of 2018 (yeah, he's 31, but still). In 2017/2018 we won the PL and the Champions League. Wolves are now one of the top 8 teams in the world although still in the 20's financially. I was looking forward to buying a significant piece but they gave me only 13 million so I probably will pick up some youngsters and replenish the youth ranks. I concentrated on the PL when in CL group and then on CL in the knockout rounds. So I used a rotation of players in each. The veterans were Ospina, Boyata, Coates, Zouma, DM Fernando, MC Andile Jali, Brazilian MC Felipe Anderson, AMC Bressan, Steven Fletcher, Chadli, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. I have two already superstars at 20 in Greek box to box midfielder Tasos Oikonomous who is 14+ in just about everything already and Italian fullback Thomas Allocca who was a defensive stud as a teen and is developing his attacking skills. I think both are game created. I am now in 2018/19 and my youth purchases from the first few years have started to flame out or break into the first team. I only have 20 players of register age but have a fat 40+ squad of usable players. I have a problem at left back where I have 2 very good veterans and 2 up and comers and no one wants to go out on loan. I actually flipped between a 4-2-3-1 and a 4-1-3-1-1 last year and was declared a tactual genius. I got rid of Chadli and Chamberlain this year because I can't develop any good wingers so far. I am using the 4-1-3-1-1 along with a 4-1-2-1-2 and a 4-1-2-2-1. It is nice because I can switch tactics with one sub. I used mainly the 4-1-2-1-2 and took home the FA Cup, Champions League, and Premier League titles. Tasos Oikonomous was name the best player in the Champions League for the 2nd year running. That makes back to back titles in the PL and CL. Hervin Ogenda and Geoff Stansfield were the #1 forward partnership and combined for 52 goals, 34 assists, and 19 man of the match awards playing mainly in the PL and CL. My highest rated players are Stansfield (20 years old), FBR Tommaso Allocca (22), Oikonomou (22). Wolves are now the most reputable club in the world and are #1 in the co-efficient rankings. We broke the PL record with 96 points and did not lose a league match.
  19. Some cats will do this, but I figure they decide. My friend's cat spent about a month teaching her to play fetch. She didn't know a cat would do that.Our car plays fetch. Unlike a dog, it's no guarantee that she brings it all the way back (she's a cat, if she wants to do something else she will)... But knows that if she brings her mouse to use the game is on. Now if we could just train her to not bite our feet at 5am We have a 14 year old who plays fetch with those plastic balls that have slits. He only does it once a month or so. He lets us know when he wants to do it and will do so for 30 minutes to an hour. It is so cute to hear him panting with the ball in his mouth. We introduced a kitten a few years back who is now 3 years old (both are male). He has two favorite toys: a snake and a monkey. He will play fetch a few times a week and I can often get him started just by throwing one of his favorites.
  20. Rain delay in the middle of an hour plus.
  21. There is an increasing portion of Cub fans who are losing their patience with the rebuild. We will see how that plays out in attendance this year. The attraction of Wrigley is always a factor in pulling in non-Cub fans though. 2011: 3.02 M 2012: 2.88 M 2013: 2.64 M - still 12th in baseball according to ESPN IMO this year is the turning point for the rebuild. Either the young MLB hitters proved their staying power and the prospects dominate AA and AAA taking a huge step towards contention or we are looking at 2nd division status for a few more years and the attendance continues to dip. I am fairly confident that the offense will be at least average next year and above average in 2016 and beyond but long term the pitching is a concern. There are some upper rotation arms in the system but with significant issues or tons of development ahead of them. I think they keep Shark unless he brings in a TOR prospect. Wood and Jackson (if he stays) are #3 starters at best and back of the rotation options on a good pitching staff. They have a few #4/5 starters on the verge of the rotation. But unless Edwards is a legit #2 or better starter in 180+ innings, they will have to spend money even with Shark in the fold to get a upper tier starter to contend in 2015/16. If the offense does explode in the next two years, there will be a ton of pressure to add an arm or two to the rotation. We will see the financial situation then.
  22. Got back to this. 2011/12 - 6th in league, won League Cup and FA Cup 2012/13 - 8th in league, lost in Euro Cup final to Real Madrid 2013/14 - 2nd in league In the 2014/15 preseason, I have turned down Bayern and Atletico in the past. So, after every subsequent opening resulting in a response from me, City fired Mancini, I denied comment, City hired Mourinho from Real Madrid, and Real Madrid offers me the job. I normally would just stick with Wolves despite having only 5 million pound transfer budget this window (Aaron Lennon). But Real Madrid is offering: Transfer Budget: 265,000,000 Wade Budget: 2,900,000 per week Current Wage: 1,860,000 per week I have to see what I can do with that. I would be moving from Chadli, Bressan, Lennon, Fletcher at the top of my 4-2-3-1 to Ronaldo, Ozil, Benzama, Higuain before I spend a dime. I accepted and saved the Madrid game in case I ever want to spend 265 million pounds but I have continued with Wolves. 2011/12 - 6th in league, won League Cup and FA Cup 2012/13 - 8th in league, lost in Euro Cup final to Real Madrid 2013/14 - 2nd in league 2014/15 - 6th in league, lost in Champions League QF to Barcelona 2015/16 - Premier League Champions, lost in Euro SF to CSKA Moscow, Won League Cup, gave up a league low 18 goals My defense was led by early years on the cheap signings Boyata and Coates along with GK David Ospina. The finances at Wolves got a little shaky at the end of last season, my facilities were downgraded, and their were multiple stories about Wolves selling off players. This is after I was given $18 M to spend on a promising young striker from West Ham and during my qualification for huge money next season. Thankfully a chairman switch injected a ton of cash and now we are a rich club. I was able to address some of the facilities in the offseason and I am sitting on $25 M in transfer funds without a good enough target to spend it on. I probably will be mining for young talent again. Wolves rep is up to 4 stars and has a top 20 co-efficient standing. We were seeded 2nd in the Champions League draw and our co-efficient has one more season to rise before I run into higher coefficients from my earlier seasons. Unfortunately, I am still only favored personnel while Steven Fletcher (91 goals and counting) and Yaya Sonogo (for some reason) are club icons. I have also took on the England job just in time for World Cup qualification. Damn, I think you're playing my team! I've got a Wolves team currently playing the 2016-17 season which I started in 2011-12 season, and I've gotten them into the top 4 finally. I've got Boyata, and Ospina too. I actually didn't spend much of my 30M transfer budget this past summer, though I think I'll need to after a few of my players leave this coming summer. Fun side to win with as you clearly have to pick and manage players right to win with it. Finally had a breakthrough season in 2017-18. Won the League Cup, the FA Cup and the Europa League, and finished 2nd in the PL with 84 points and a +49 goal differential. I'd previously lost in 1 League Cup final and two Europa League finals, and my best league finish was 4th, followed by crashing out of the CL immediately when I needed to qualify against Inter and lost on away goals. Frustratingly close. Trouble is that Man City's won the league for 6 consecutive seasons and they finished with 92 points and +58. And they just signed Messi during the summer of 2018 (yeah, he's 31, but still). In 2017/2018 we won the PL and the Champions League. Wolves are now one of the top 8 teams in the world although still in the 20's financially. I was looking forward to buying a significant piece but they gave me only 13 million so I probably will pick up some youngsters and replenish the youth ranks. I concentrated on the PL when in CL group and then on CL in the knockout rounds. So I used a rotation of players in each. The veterans were Ospina, Boyata, Coates, Zouma, DM Fernando, MC Andile Jali, Brazilian MC Felipe Anderson, AMC Bressan, Steven Fletcher, Chadli, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. I have two already superstars at 20 in Greek box to box midfielder Tasos Oikonomous who is 14+ in just about everything already and Italian fullback Thomas Allocca who was a defensive stud as a teen and is developing his attacking skills. I think both are game created. I am now in 2018/19 and my youth purchases from the first few years have started to flame out or break into the first team. I only have 20 players of register age but have a fat 40+ squad of usable players. I have a problem at left back where I have 2 very good veterans and 2 up and comers and no one wants to go out on loan. I actually flipped between a 4-2-3-1 and a 4-1-3-1-1 last year and was declared a tactual genius. I got rid of Chadli and Chamberlain this year because I can't develop any good wingers so far. I am using the 4-1-3-1-1 along with a 4-1-2-1-2 and a 4-1-2-2-1. It is nice because I can switch tactics with one sub.
  23. They won't be winning much this year but some things to look for... 1. Are they trading Samardzija? He is a very talented but inconsistent starter who is approaching 30 years old. The have currently dropped all contract extension talks but own him for two more arbitration years. Because of his age and the likelihood that the Cubs contending window opens in 2016 at the earliest, they are open to trading him. However, they are asking for a ton so far and probably are hoping that some contender will cave in just before the trade deadline. 2. Can Rizzo and Castro prove they are the young cornerstones everyone thought they were in April of 2013? Both had down years although Rizzo's is more about bad luck. And they were both given long term contracts into their prime. If this team is contending sooner rather than later, it is because these two players are challenging for all star games. 3. Will any of the post-hype prospects, high risk talents, or others become solid pieces for 2014 and beyond? Welington Castillo had a solid if unspectacular year that was absent of the power he had shown in the minors. If he can continue to improve defensively (pitch framing in particular) and re-discover his power stroke, he can be a solid catcher for the next 5 years. Junior Lake is the Soriano starter kit but swings at a ton more than low and away sliders. Either he begins recognizing pitches and becomes a 25hr/20sb threat or he (more likely) struggles to be anything more than a bench bat. Mike Olt was a prized defense (shut up Eephus) and power 3B who lost a year due to a beaning and vision problems. The Cubs acquired him at his lowest value and are hoping that he becomes the 25 HR threat he was predicted to be. All of the above will be getting a ton of at bats this year. 4. How good are Travis Wood/Edwin Jackson? Last year Wood was a very good pitcher but some see him as a back of the rotation talent who was lucky on balls in play. On the other hand, Jackson had the worst year of his career and some see him as being very unlucky. The Cubs have a collection of back of the rotation prospects who could challenge for roles this year or next and need at least one of Wood/Jackson to be at least a mid rotation starter. If not, that is one more starting pitcher they will have to buy to contend any time soon. 5. Prospects, Prospects, Prospects... At some point this summer, Javier Baez will be playing in Wrigley in the infield (likely 2B) and violently striking out and launching balls into buildings across Waveland. He is a possible superstar whose ceiling depends on developing a calmness at the plate and in the field. He may have the fastest bat in baseball right now. Another summer addition will be Arodys Vizcaino who has the stuff of a top of the rotation starter but the injury history of a future closer. The Cubs will give him the chance to start but he will begin in the bullpen this year to protect his arm (he missed the last two seasons). Joining him in Wrigley this fall or next spring will be Kris Bryant and Arismendy Alcantara. Bryant is power hitter with a tremendous approach at the plate. It is expected that he will move off of 3B into RF but the Cubs are letting him prove himself at 3B. At the plate, the only question is his strikeout rate limiting his ceiling. Alcantara is described as a Jimmy Rollins type at 2B. He will walk, hit for surprising power, and steal bases. He should be ready for Wrigley at some point this year but may not have a position if Olt, Castro, and Baez are all performing. There is talk of him becoming a utility player who can start all over the infield and outfield. If Olt falters, I can see Baez at 3B and Alcantara at 2B in September. The Cubs hope to have the problem of fitting all their young hitters into the lineup. They also have a impressive defensive 3B Christian Villanueva in AAA who is probably a league average (or slightly above) hitter in his prime. Visiting Wrigley in 2015 or 2016 will be Albert Almora (described as a Jeter type player in CF), Jorge Soler (prototypical RF with solid power and approach), and C.J. Edwards (elite stuff in a tiny body - durability concerns). The Cubs have even more solid hitting prospects that could see Wrigley in 2016 or beyond. They also have a few former prospects like Brett Jackson, Matt Szczur (pronounced "Ceaser"), and Josh Vitters who have not impressed but could see some time on the Cubs this year. The have also collected a ton of young arms in the last couple years in the hope that a couple stay healthy and develop into at least mid rotation starters. Edwards is at the top of that list but Pierce Johnson is the other name that could see Wrigley in 2015 if everything breaks right. Developing starting pitching is the Cubs #1 need into the future. As for this year, if everything falls in the Cubs favor they might win 81 games. Expect 70-something wins and hope that the spine of a contending team is visible by September. And there are distractors that think the owners will not spend the money when the Cubs are ready to contend. They think this because the Cubs have only handed out one big contract to a free agent during the new regime. I am not concerned with that. I don't think Theo Epstein and friends come to Chicago without a game plan that includes spending big if needed in the near future.
×
  • Create New...