Articles by: Brett Taylor

Kyle Schwarber, Leadoff Hitter? There Is No Obvious Lineup For This Cubs Team

Kyle Schwarber, Leadoff Hitter? There Is No Obvious Lineup For This Cubs Team

There’s a range of things you *could* do with this lineup, and it might not make much of a difference.

by January 29, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Chris Coghlan Schooled Himself and Flat-Out Got Better and Other Bullets

Chris Coghlan Schooled Himself and Flat-Out Got Better and Other Bullets

A super impressive interview with a guy who used statistics to help improve his game dramatically. Also: Matt Szczur’s a great guy, a terrible article, no Cubs outfield prospects, more.

MLBits: Astros Sign Fister, Yankees Sign No One, Pirates Maybe Extend, MLB New Duds

MLBits: Astros Sign Fister, Yankees Sign No One, Pirates Maybe Extend, MLB New Duds

A bargain for the Astros? A new deal for Francisco Cervelli? The spendthrift Yankees?

by January 28, 2016 MLB News and Rumors
Trades! Rays and Rockies Swapping Dickerson, McGee, Prospects (UPDATES)

Trades! Rays and Rockies Swapping Dickerson, McGee, Prospects (UPDATES)

There are implications for many other teams here, including the Cubs, depending on what happens. (UPDATE: Corey Dickerson going to Rays for pitching.)

Wow – Believe It or Not, Jon Lester Actually Hits the Ball Really Hard (VIDEO)

Wow – Believe It or Not, Jon Lester Actually Hits the Ball Really Hard (VIDEO)

He was the second hardest hitting pitcher in the game last year by exit velocity. It’s just that, well, there are other issues.

by January 28, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Kyle Schwarber is Willing to Do It All, Including Playing Third Base and Other Bullets

Kyle Schwarber is Willing to Do It All, Including Playing Third Base and Other Bullets

I like this guy. Also: bits on the Commissioner and the Cardinals’ hack, another ESPN Cubs game, a Harry Caray doc, and more.

by January 28, 2016 Chicago Cubs News
One Executive Says Cubs Still “Most Likely” to Land Dexter Fowler

One Executive Says Cubs Still “Most Likely” to Land Dexter Fowler

That feels like an overstatement to me, but we’ve gotta discuss what the report says.

by January 28, 2016 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Anthony Rizzo Ranked Fourth Best First Baseman for 2016 Season

Anthony Rizzo Ranked Fourth Best First Baseman for 2016 Season

Is that a fair spot for the Cubs’ star first baseman? Is there anyone you’d take over Rizzo?

by January 27, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Chicago Cubs Announce 2016 Spring Training Broadcast Schedule

Chicago Cubs Announce 2016 Spring Training Broadcast Schedule

30 of 32 games are available by audio and/or video.

by January 27, 2016 Chicago Cubs News
Cubs Looking Good Behind the Plate, Which Means They’re Good All Over and Other Bullets

Cubs Looking Good Behind the Plate, Which Means They’re Good All Over and Other Bullets

Miguel Montero is a very solid starter to have in place, and the Cubs are like that everywhere. Plus Heyward’s D, player age, much more.

by January 27, 2016 Chicago Cubs News, MLB News and Rumors
Anthony Rizzo Met The Rock, Probably Smelled What The Rock Was Cooking

Anthony Rizzo Met The Rock, Probably Smelled What The Rock Was Cooking

I bet it smelled physically impressive.

by January 26, 2016 Cubs Humor
Commissioner Manfred Speaks: No NL DH Soon, Blackouts, CBA, Expansion, More

Commissioner Manfred Speaks: No NL DH Soon, Blackouts, CBA, Expansion, More

The Commissioner aggressively pumps the brakes on any NL DH talk, and gets into a huge range of other important baseball topics.

by January 26, 2016 MLB News and Rumors
Ben Zobrist’s Role and Relationship with His Manager and Other Bullets

Ben Zobrist’s Role and Relationship with His Manager and Other Bullets

How much will Zobrist be used outside of second base? How important is his relationship with Joe Maddon to the rest of the team?