I can't put a reason on it, but some guys come to the Cubs in a trade or acquisition and they just aren't themselves.
The most glaring example last year was Justin Wilson.
Supposed to be really good.
With the Tigers, "He took over as closer and has saved 13 games in 15 tries with a 2.68 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 55 strikeouts against 16 walks in 40 1/3 innings."
With the Cubs, he immediately didn't look comfortable and stunk up almost all his time here last year.
I expect him to be good - the Cubs gave up Jeimer Candelario for him, so....
Conversely, Jose Quintana started out with a bang.
Goes 7 innings, strikes out a dozen Orioles and the Cubs win 8 - zip.
Ends up 7-3, goes 2-0 vs the Cards and throws 190.2 innings combined with his time with the Sox.
But even with those fab numbers, he felt a teeny tiny bit uneven.
Like, a dinky bit.
And I attribute that to just first year oddness coming to the Cubs (especially coming from the Sox at that point in Sox history).
Now, I cannot wait to see what he does with a full season in his new home and that little bit of Cub Time under his belt.
He'll be fully rendered, like I promise to do with the attached painting.
Okay Hot Stove.
Everybody says it's a cold hot stove season.
I imagine a hot stove that's been overloaded with wood, and the heat is expanding inside and soon enough, she's gonna blow.
Let it happen this week, please.