1. Cubs Post Season Roster 2016 Wishlist

    This is the 25 person roster that I would take to the post season if I was making that decision for the Chicago Cubs

    Pitchers

    Starters

    • Jake Arrieta
    • Jon Lester
    • Kyle Hendricks
    • Jason Hammel

    Middle Relievers

    • Trevor Cahill
    • Justin Grimm
    • John Lackey
    • Travis Wood
    • Carl Edwards Jr.

    Closers

    • Pedro Strop
    • Hector Rondon
    • Aroldis Chapman

    Catchers

    • Willson Contreras
    • Miguel Montero
    • David Ross

    Infield

    • Javier Baez
    • Kris Bryant
    • Anthony Rizzo
    • Addison Russell
    • Ben Zobrist

    Outfield

    • Chris Coghlan
    • Dexter Fowler
    • Jason Heyward
    • Jorge Soler
    • Matt Szczur

    Pitching and Catching

    Miguel Montero would catch Jake Arrieta's starts. David Ross would catch Jon Lester. Wilson Conteras would catch Kyle Hendricks and Jason Hammel and he'd sub in for Ross and Montero as necessary.

    Pedro Strop, Hector Rondon, and Aroldis Chapman would pitch the 7th, 8th and 9th innings respectively unless a starter is throwing a no-hitter.

    Middle relievers would clean up when someone gets in a jam. Duh.

    Infielders

    Anthony Rizzo at first base. Addison Russell at shortstop. Kris Bryant at third base. I currently like Ben Zobrist starting at second. Javier Baez subbing in at second, third or outfield as needed. He's also great for pinch hitting and running.

    Outfielders

    Dexter Fowler in centerfield. Jason Heyward in right field. Chris Coghlan and Jorge Soler as starting left fielders (depending on how each is hitting at the time). Matt Szczur and the other non-starter as left field subs and pinch hitters.


    Of course, when to make those substitutions, pinch hitters/runners and pitching changes is like 80% of the job. I like the way Joe Maddon manages this team. He sure is fun to watch!