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The Chicago Cubs in June: How Did Performance Stack Up Against the First Two Months?

The Chicago Cubs in June: How Did Performance Stack Up Against the First Two Months?

May was probably the Cubs’ worst month, but even that was a .500 affair.

by July 1, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Kyle Hendricks’ Big Fastball and Other Bullets

Kyle Hendricks’ Big Fastball and Other Bullets

Rear back and fire – not something you expect from Hendricks, but he did it last night.

Cubs Reliever Jason Motte Has Been Oddly Effective; Could We See Regression?

Cubs Reliever Jason Motte Has Been Oddly Effective; Could We See Regression?

Jason Motte has been crafty as he has yet to regain the swing-and-miss stuff that made him a relief ace.

by June 30, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
BT at BP: The Realistic Cubs Playoff Focus is Now a Wild Card Spot – And Things Look Good There

BT at BP: The Realistic Cubs Playoff Focus is Now a Wild Card Spot – And Things Look Good There

The weekend sweep offers something of a clarifying effect, and it’s not all bad.

by June 30, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
What Type of Pitching Should the Cubs Now Target? And Will They Be Able to Find It?

What Type of Pitching Should the Cubs Now Target? And Will They Be Able to Find It?

Are rentals off the table? Are longer-term pieces the focus? For my part, I see only one type of arm that should no longer be a target.

2014 Jason Hammel vs. 2015 Jason Hammel

2014 Jason Hammel vs. 2015 Jason Hammel

The big righty was excellent for the Cubs in the first half last year, and has been again this year.

by June 29, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
So the Cubs Got Swept By a Really Good Team and Other Bullets

So the Cubs Got Swept By a Really Good Team and Other Bullets

Be bummed and frustrated for a little while, and then move on.

Addison Russell is a Defensive Wizard at Second Base for Cubs

Addison Russell is a Defensive Wizard at Second Base for Cubs

Addison Russell has turned in an elite performance defensively at second base.

by June 26, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Yet Another Problem with the Current Draft System

Yet Another Problem with the Current Draft System

Providing extreme incentives not to finish school is troubling.

Financial Flexibility, Future Chicago Cubs Trade Activity, and the Impending IFA Period

Financial Flexibility, Future Chicago Cubs Trade Activity, and the Impending IFA Period

How active will the Cubs be on the trade market? How much salary can they take on? And how do those things relate to the new IFA period, coming in 10 days?

Cubs One of the Least Defensive-Shifting Teams in Baseball?

Cubs One of the Least Defensive-Shifting Teams in Baseball?

A curiosity in the shifting statistics.

by June 23, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
MLB’s Youth Movement Is Real and Spectacular

MLB’s Youth Movement Is Real and Spectacular

The incoming wave of high-end rookies highlights MLB’s newest trend — a rapidly growing youth movement.

by June 23, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
BT at BP: Attendance with Full Bleachers Strong for the Cubs

BT at BP: Attendance with Full Bleachers Strong for the Cubs

Back to Wrigley Field today, the Cubs have been hosting a nice uptick in attendance. And that’s very important going forward.

Changing Philosophy on Starlin Castro’s Batted Ball Approach

Changing Philosophy on Starlin Castro’s Batted Ball Approach

Is Castro trying to pull the ball to much? Is it really that simple? It rarely is.

by June 19, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
The Pirates Are Pretty Much on Fire, Further Clouding the NL Central and Wild Card

The Pirates Are Pretty Much on Fire, Further Clouding the NL Central and Wild Card

Winners of seven in a row, the Pirates are separating from the pack. What does that mean for the Cubs?

Reliever Notes: Medina, Rosscup, Ramirez, Johnson

Reliever Notes: Medina, Rosscup, Ramirez, Johnson

He didn’t have an opportunity to impress too much last night, but I loved what Yoervis Medina did. Also, Neil Ramirez pitched.

Your Must Read of the Day: John Baker on Playing the Game the Right Way

Your Must Read of the Day: John Baker on Playing the Game the Right Way

The former Cubs catcher talks about why players do the things they do, and why fans should better understand it.

by June 17, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Does Striking Out Actually Help Cubs Beat Dominant Starting Pitchers?

Does Striking Out Actually Help Cubs Beat Dominant Starting Pitchers?

It sounds counterintuitive, but there’s a little something here.

by June 16, 2015 Analysis and Commentary

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