During this three game series against the Brewers we are likely to get a preview of our advance scouting team. In previous years, the Cubs budget was woefully weak in scouting. This came to a head in the NLDS last year when we were totally overmatched.
Since September 1 (or earlier) I think everyone pointed to this series as possibly for the division title. While today it may look like a formality, you can bet for the past two or three weeks our advance scouts have been focusing on the Brewers and the potential ramifications. While the front office may say all series are important, for the past few weeks this series was the most important (and the last Brewers series at the end of the month). I think it’s safe to say that the last six Brewers games have been circled in red by everyone in the Cubs organization for a long time.
What we should be able to witness is our hitters approach at the plate vs. particular pitchers, our pitchers and catchers pitch choice/location and who we may be willing to take an extra base on and test the arm of some outfielders. These will be the most obvious but there will be others. There are two variables though. The firing of Yost and what that does to the Brewers psyche and also the losing that has plagued their team.
I am going to watch this series as a preview of our ability to take our scouting departments reports and implement them into the game. I think it will give us an idea of what to expect during the NLDS and beyond. If we are to get to the promised land, advanced scouting and the implementation of the approach will be crucial.
I’m curious to read your thoughts on the series, scouting and our preparation for the Brewers and beyond. Sweep and it’s over. Go Cubs Go!