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Cubs Talk Podcast: Ross-ter Rundown: Can Jon Lester bring it for 1 more year?

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Ross-ter Rundown: Can Jon Lester bring it for 1 more year?

As the season draws closer, it's time to discuss every player that will be on the final roster on Opening Day. We start with Cubs veteran pitcher Jon Lester.

Jeff Nelson sits in for David Kaplan and is joined by NBCS Cubs writer Tim Stebbins and NBCS producer Nate Poppen to debate if Jon Lester can help stabilize the starting rotation for at least one more season, and where do you place him in the rotation.

(1:37) - One word to describe Jon Lester

(5:42) - Lester didn't start his Cubs career very well

(10:40) - Lester eventually proved why he got the contract

(14:40) - How will the relationship change between Jon Lester and David Ross

(19:00) - Lester's inability to throw to first base

(23:00) - Projections for Lester in the 2020 season

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Cubs Talk Podcast: What will David Ross' impact on the Cubs be like in 2020?

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Cubs Talk Podcast: What will David Ross' impact on the Cubs be like in 2020?

As new manager David Ross takes over for Joe Maddon, he intends to tweak the culture of the Cubs and set his own mark on the team. Jeff Nelson is joined by Outside the Ivy and Bleacher Nation's Michael Cerami to discuss what kind of impact David Ross will have on the 2020 Cubs, what should be expected from the pitching staff and bullpen, and the uncertainty of who plays in the outfield.

(1:36) - What does Ross' impact look like?

(8:28) - Concerns with the pitching staff

(16:00) - Will Craig Kimbrel be better this year?

(20:00) - Will Kris Bryant have enough rope to get used to leading off?

(25:05) - Who do you trust to play the outfield every day?

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Can Kris Bryant be the leadoff hitter the Cubs need?

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Can Kris Bryant be the leadoff hitter the Cubs need?

Kris Bryant has been named the leadoff hitter for your 2020 Chicago Cubs. Will he be the key to unlock their offense this season? Does this fix the problems the Cubs have had at leadoff?

David Kaplan is joined by the Chicago Tribune's Mark Gonzales as they discuss the Cubs putting Bryant at leadoff. They also discuss Theo Epstein's future with the Cubs, and the back and forth between Joe Maddon and Epstein.

(1:40) - Can Bryant be successful at leadoff?

(6:00) - What does the order look like with Bryant at leadoff?

(9:35) - Will Theo Epstein stay past his contract?

(13:30) - Was the rest of the league surprised the Cubs didn't make a move?

(16:05) - Joe Maddon philosophy vs. Theo Epstein philosophy?

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