Also, good patience shown by the Cubs, by and large - yeah, there was only actually one walk but Burnett threw 98 pitches in less than six innings. I'm certainly not getting excited about this season, but I was nonetheless encouraged.
THISTHISTHISTHISTHIS - Epstein preaches controlling the strike zone, which is done either from the mound or from the plate. Hitters need to be disciplined, and pitchers need to stay in/around the strike zone.
This sounds like the baseball version of extablishing the run to set up play action, but to say this concept has been missing from the Cubs' organizational philosophy would be implying there was any sort of organizational philosphy in place.
What's going to be really fun around here will be when guys come up from the minors over the next few years already knowing how to do this, rather than trying to teach it at the major league level.