Analysis and Commentary

Checking In on the Cubs’ Record Versus Performance – Are They a 4-8 Team?

Checking In on the Cubs’ Record Versus Performance – Are They a 4-8 Team?

We’ve seen the close losses. Does that mean the Cubs are better than their record says they are?

So, We’ve Got to Talk About the Sacrifice Bunting

So, We’ve Got to Talk About the Sacrifice Bunting

It’s just not a good idea, and the Cubs would gain an advantage by doing it much, much less.

Darwin Barney’s Present and Future Are a Bit Murky

Darwin Barney’s Present and Future Are a Bit Murky

The former full-time starter at second base is now something less than that, and it’s unclear what’s going to happen long-term.

An Interesting Walks and Strikeouts Evaluation Metric (Cubs Currently 9th Worst)

An Interesting Walks and Strikeouts Evaluation Metric (Cubs Currently 9th Worst)

Believe it or not, that’s actually a marked improvement over last year.

Anthony Rizzo is Hot, Hitting Lefties, and Going the Other Way

Anthony Rizzo is Hot, Hitting Lefties, and Going the Other Way

In other words, so far this year, Rizzo is doing pretty much everything you’d like to see him doing.

Early Data on Pitch-Framing: Cubs Are Worst in Baseball

Early Data on Pitch-Framing: Cubs Are Worst in Baseball

Based on expected strike totals, the Cubs are already down 19 strikes. That’s significant.

Junior Lake Wants to Play More, Which Will Likely Come In Time

Junior Lake Wants to Play More, Which Will Likely Come In Time

So far, things have been working fairly well for Lake, who has actually appeared in every single game.

Fun With Starlin Castro Numbers

Fun With Starlin Castro Numbers

When you have a three-hit night in April and it includes two homers, it’s going to do good things for you.