The actual issue is losing 100 games and still not getting the top pick in the draft. So Cub.
I can understand players not wanting to be a part of 100 losses. I understand that part of the obsession. Nobody wants to wear that ignominy.
Of course, racing out of the dugout Wednesday afternoon to celebrate a walkoff for win No. 61 as if they were the division-winning A's might be even worse. It looked embarrassing. I would admonish them to act like they've been there before, but these are the Cubs, so, who's zoomin' who?
I don't get it, but I suppose anytime you can avoid that critical 102nd loss, you're popping champagne, baby. Wooo! Love you, brother!
Anyway, here's the deal: Many of those players were called up and sent down, retained and traded, given playing time and shuffled around to reach that kind of 100-loss "goal.''
The Cubs played hard all season, a credit to rookie manager
I mean, the Cubs went through 30 pitchers this season. Thirty. Yeesh. Who knew that Epstein had that many pitchers he would dare bring to the majors?
He didn't. That was the point. Pitching is the golden rule in baseball, and you don't know what you have until you see how much you don't.
No Cub won 10 games. Their two winningest pitchers were
If you’re projecting next year’s rotation, you have Samardzija for sure, probably
That's why items nos. 1-10 on the Cubs' to-do list is pitching. See the seven straight pitchers the Cubs drafted in rounds 2-8 last June for details. And if you're still uncertain, see the 13 pitchers they drafted in the first 19 rounds.
Item No. 11 might be why
At some point, the Cubs need to improve the offense beyond
Drafting and development take time for smart organizations. It takes forever when you swing and miss on the likes of a third baseman and supposed power source such as the strikeout-happy Vitters and a center fielder and alleged on-base threat such as the equally strikeout-happy Jackson.
Know what’s worse? Jackson might make the team out of
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"Not many people around here have been through this many losses,'' Epstein said. "It serves as motivation. It's a very stark baseline of where we are and how much improvement we need to make.''
It's as if Epstein ordered a living autopsy. Cut open the body, show everybody what's wrong, and let it bleed out.
Thing is, the bleeding isn't done. Next year might not be another 100 losses, but it figures to be close.