Analysis and Commentary


The Importance of Hands-Off Ownership and the Status of Theo Epstein Contract Talks

The Importance of Hands-Off Ownership and the Status of Theo Epstein Contract Talks

One of the best things an effective owner can do is put the right people in charge of the sport operations and then get out of the way.

Jake Arrieta Basically Dares Batters to Swing Early Against Him

Jake Arrieta Basically Dares Batters to Swing Early Against Him

Adjustments to his approach may be the key for Arrieta to last deeper into games.


The New Cubs Bullpen: Concepcion’s Debut, Patton’s Numbers, Edwards’ Stuff, More

The New Cubs Bullpen: Concepcion’s Debut, Patton’s Numbers, Edwards’ Stuff, More

The Cubs’ bullpen looks very different than it did just a few days ago. How will it all shake out? How did Concepcion look last night?

by June 22, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Too Many Words About One-Run Games and Good Teams and Other Bullets

Too Many Words About One-Run Games and Good Teams and Other Bullets

The Cubs aren’t suddenly less impressive because they have a losing record in one-run games.

How Did Willson Contreras Look Behind the Plate, and How Often Will We See Him?

How Did Willson Contreras Look Behind the Plate, and How Often Will We See Him?

The Cubs will be rotating in Contreras with some regularity, it sounds like. And that’s going to be nice.

Jed Hoyer Talks Bullpen Needs and Plans, Plus the Double-Edged Sword of Leverage

Jed Hoyer Talks Bullpen Needs and Plans, Plus the Double-Edged Sword of Leverage

When guys struggle in high-leverage spots, it really sticks out in your mind.

Let’s Talk About Albert Almora’s Decision to Run

Let’s Talk About Albert Almora’s Decision to Run

In the light of day, I still think it was a perfectly acceptable decision.

by June 21, 2016 Analysis and Commentary

The Cardinal Way Includes Headhunting Apparently and Other Bullets

The Cardinal Way Includes Headhunting Apparently and Other Bullets

Something the Cardinals did last night got me pretty heated.

Kyle Hendricks’ Elite Performance Last Night Continues a Trend

Kyle Hendricks’ Elite Performance Last Night Continues a Trend

You know who is really good? Yes, you do know. Don’t act like you don’t know.

Willson Contreras’s Big Night, Big Reaction, Big Scouting Reports, and Big Start on Deck

Willson Contreras’s Big Night, Big Reaction, Big Scouting Reports, and Big Start on Deck

The young catcher had a huge debut last night, but the real show begins tonight. And the scouting reports are keeping expectations high.

The Almost Unbearable Largeness of a Cubs Championship and Other Bullets

The Almost Unbearable Largeness of a Cubs Championship and Other Bullets

The Cavaliers did it for Cleveland for the first time in over 50 years. But what will it be like for the Cubs? Also: bits on Baez, Coghlan, Cardinals, more.


The Cubs’ Starting Rotation is Historically Good

The Cubs’ Starting Rotation is Historically Good

Best in a few areas since the early 1900s?

by June 18, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Off-Day Check-In: Still Looking Good for the Cubs, Who Rate Extremely Well

Off-Day Check-In: Still Looking Good for the Cubs, Who Rate Extremely Well

Where do things stand for the Chicago Cubs today? On rock solid ground, that’s where.