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Does Jon Lester Have a Little Matt Garza in Him?

Does Jon Lester Have a Little Matt Garza in Him?

Let’s talk about pitching defense, and making the throw to first base.

by December 29, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Ben Zobrist Connected to Cubs, Among Other Teams – But Couldn’t Every Team Use Him?

Ben Zobrist Connected to Cubs, Among Other Teams – But Couldn’t Every Team Use Him?

It’s fun to discuss Zobrist because of his unique value. But if he’s traded, it seems like there will be stronger suitors than the Cubs.

by December 29, 2014 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors
How Tommy La Stella Could Become Very Important and Other Bullets

How Tommy La Stella Could Become Very Important and Other Bullets

You just never know what’s going to happen in the Cubs’ infield, and second base could conceivably open up.

by December 29, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs News
Catching Up on a Difficult Weekend: Starlin Castro, Offensive Uncertainty, Pitching Questions

Catching Up on a Difficult Weekend: Starlin Castro, Offensive Uncertainty, Pitching Questions

Starlin Castro was all over the headlines, fair or not. But there was quite a bit of other stuff to discuss.

by December 29, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
Are More Homers on the Way for Cubs Pitchers? And Other Bullets

Are More Homers on the Way for Cubs Pitchers? And Other Bullets

Cubs pitchers were among the best at keeping flyballs from leaving the ballpark last year. Will that continue into 2015?

by December 28, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs News
Starlin Castro Issues Statement About Shooting, Agent Says Castro Was Cleared

Starlin Castro Issues Statement About Shooting, Agent Says Castro Was Cleared

Whatever Castro’s connection to the incident, it increasingly seems like an unsafe situation for him.

by December 28, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs News
Envisioning Edwin Jackson in the Bullpen – Or Anywhere

Envisioning Edwin Jackson in the Bullpen – Or Anywhere

Could Jackson’s stuff play up in a one-inning role? Even if so, will there be a spot for him on the Cubs in 2015?

by December 27, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Starlin Castro Reportedly Came in for Questioning Regarding D.R. Shooting (UPDATES)

Starlin Castro Reportedly Came in for Questioning Regarding D.R. Shooting (UPDATES)

Castro does not, however, appear to be a suspect.

by December 27, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
Remembering Brandon Webb and Thinking About Kyle Hendricks and Other Bullets

Remembering Brandon Webb and Thinking About Kyle Hendricks and Other Bullets

Not that you should hope on Hendricks to be the next Webb, but the latter’s story makes for an interesting reminder.

Thinking About the Projected 2015 Chicago Cubs Offense

Thinking About the Projected 2015 Chicago Cubs Offense

It’s hard not to really want another bat right now.

by December 26, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs Rumors
Prospecting Love for Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, and Jorge Soler

Prospecting Love for Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, and Jorge Soler

And dreaming on the fun of fighting about how to accommodate all of the Cubs’ talent.

by December 26, 2014 Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects
The Chicago Cubs’ World Series Odds Continue to Be a Little Silly

The Chicago Cubs’ World Series Odds Continue to Be a Little Silly

Anything better than 20-1 seems nuts to me, and the odds right now are way higher than that.

by December 26, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Checking Out New Cubs Pitcher Mike Kickham (with Video)

Checking Out New Cubs Pitcher Mike Kickham (with Video)

A power lefty who hasn’t quite broken through at the big league level. Might the Cubs see what he can do in relief?

The Relationship Between Pitching Styles and Defense and Other Bullets

The Relationship Between Pitching Styles and Defense and Other Bullets

Understanding the importance of defense is one thing, but understanding how the defense will perform relative to the kinds of pitchers it plays behind is another.

by December 26, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs News
Meta: Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas, Hearty Thanks

Meta: Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas, Hearty Thanks

I hope you enjoy a wonderful holiday with folks you love. Thanks for another great year at BN.

by December 24, 2014 Meta
Lukewarm Stove: Padres Outfielders, Shields, Starting Pitcher Extensions, More

Lukewarm Stove: Padres Outfielders, Shields, Starting Pitcher Extensions, More

Some rumor-y bits to float you through the very lukewarm holiday period.

by December 24, 2014 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors

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