Analysis and Commentary


Waiting on Contreras, Pulling Arrieta, and Other Bullets

Waiting on Contreras, Pulling Arrieta, and Other Bullets

Why didn’t Contreras get the call this week? And why didn’t Arrieta get a chance to keep his streak going? And why do I agree with both moves?

Willson Contreras, Tim Federowicz and Cubs’ Catching Situation

Willson Contreras, Tim Federowicz and Cubs’ Catching Situation

If a Cubs catcher had to miss just a little bit of time here in the early going, who would get the call up to replace him? Maybe not who you’d think.

by April 28, 2016 Analysis and Commentary

David Ross Doesn’t Want Unearned All-Star Bid, Jake Arrieta is Special, and Other Bullets

David Ross Doesn’t Want Unearned All-Star Bid, Jake Arrieta is Special, and Other Bullets

I could argue that Ross is deserving of some honors. Also, more on how Arrieta’s crossfire works.

Happy Jake Arrieta Day: No-Hitter Fun, Extension Talks, and Lame Steroid Chatter

Happy Jake Arrieta Day: No-Hitter Fun, Extension Talks, and Lame Steroid Chatter

Jake Arrieta is forced to respond to PED rumors. Sigh.

Adam Warren’s Great Start and Expanded Role

Adam Warren’s Great Start and Expanded Role

So far so good for the Cubs’ new reliever, who has yet to allow an earned run.

The Chicago Cubs Are Already 10 Games Over .500 and Other Bullets

The Chicago Cubs Are Already 10 Games Over .500 and Other Bullets

Last year the Cubs didn’t get to that mark until game 104. Also, Kyle Hendricks continues to be very, very good.


So Far, the Cubs Are Facing More Shifts Than Any Team in the NL

So Far, the Cubs Are Facing More Shifts Than Any Team in the NL

Cubs batters have seen the shift more than any team in the NL, but how have they fared?

by April 26, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Tommy La Stella Had a Huge Game, Deserves Some Love (VIDEO)

Tommy La Stella Had a Huge Game, Deserves Some Love (VIDEO)

Eight total bases, a homer, and Matchbox 20.

by April 26, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Off-Day Check-In: Cubs in First, Playoff Odds, Projected Record, Dominant Performances

Off-Day Check-In: Cubs in First, Playoff Odds, Projected Record, Dominant Performances

Let’s take a look at all things Cubs from a 10,000-foot perspective. It looks really good.

by April 25, 2016 Analysis and Commentary

You Can Add Base Running to the List of Cubs’ Early-Season Accolades

You Can Add Base Running to the List of Cubs’ Early-Season Accolades

As if the Cubs needed another category in which to lead the league …

by April 25, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Jason Hammel is Looking Really Good Right Now and Other Bullets

Jason Hammel is Looking Really Good Right Now and Other Bullets

He’s looked really good the last two times out, and that’s great news. Also: poor Addison Russell, Hector Rondon’s non-save, and more.

Cubs Bullpen Innings and Effectiveness and Other Bullets

Cubs Bullpen Innings and Effectiveness and Other Bullets

How do you keep a crowded bullpen sharp when the starters tend to go deep?

Jake Arrieta No-Hitter Bullets: Pizza and Beer, Emojis, Theo Epstein’s Great Idea, More

Jake Arrieta No-Hitter Bullets: Pizza and Beer, Emojis, Theo Epstein’s Great Idea, More

How the Cubs prepared for Jake Arrieta’s no-hit greatness, and other tidbits from the big day and big player.

by April 23, 2016 Analysis and Commentary