If it is summer season, the cubs, the more things change, the more they stay the same.
To change? Not to spit, not to hug and high fives, wearing a mask and lead a very safe and social distance from the judges, no matter what you think call.
“I think we got the right type of group to deal with this,” cubs Manager David Ross said Monday veteran teams with 10-man core that won the World series in 2016. “What we asked the players to make extremely difficult. I don’t want to make light of how difficult this environment is for these guys”.
Dealing with anxiety and new rules will depend on the adjustments on the fly, said Ross, like any other team.
But much of what Ross has planned in his much delayed first season as a Manager will be much more familiar and much less adjustment for the players.
Maybe the most important is that the newcomers plan to stick with their rotation as planned in March, and maybe even ahead of some teams in training, as they open their summer training camp on Friday.
“We have guys that are left in the form of pitchers that are above three innings [simulated] games, we have some guys who are ready to quit and step off the mound,” said Ross. “We will start these mini-intrasquad game as soon as we can.”
Among the jugs in a more advanced form, he said, three that have been in the conversation for the opening day start when camp opened: Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, and the alleged choice of Yu Darvish.
If they stay healthy, don’t wait to see some of the most dramatic alternative rotation plans for some other teams offered, for example, the sixth or the beginning of the openers.
“We haven’t talked about it,” said Ross. “I think it would be unrealistic to expect guys to get to maybe 100 or resin right out of the chute. It can be a bit challenging. … But for now we just stick to our five rotation and continue to move forward.”
When spring training was closed in March, all five starters were healthy and looked good for most part of the camp, including Jose Quintana and Tyler Chatwood.
Ross said Monday he thinks it will be more important that swingman Alec mills is ready to provide two or three effective innings at a time as soon as the season opens, and the staff told some of the other bullpen candidates be prepared to get stretched on for several innings, as well.
“It will be extremely important,” said Ross.
He also said that “the attackers remained in good shape” and plans to move quickly in the video workout and intrasquad game once camp opens.
And speaking of things that don’t change: as expected, Ross said he plans to stick with Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo in his 1-2 hitters, no matter how thin you need, having a designated hitter in 60-this season, the game can provide.
Teams will be allowed no more than three exhibition matches against an external enemy, and the cubs and white SOx expected to announce the schedule for the three spring games just before July 23-24 openers.
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