Analysis and Commentary


Jorge Soler, Chris Coghlan, the Trade Deadline, and Looming Roster Decisions (UPDATE)

Jorge Soler, Chris Coghlan, the Trade Deadline, and Looming Roster Decisions (UPDATE)

There aren’t easy decisions here.

by July 29, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
The Cubs’ Bullpen is Looking Awfully Good All of a Sudden and Other Bullets

The Cubs’ Bullpen is Looking Awfully Good All of a Sudden and Other Bullets

It all flows backwards from the end, and it’s going to help in a number of ways.


A Look At How The Cost Of Relief Help Has Changed Dramatically

A Look At How The Cost Of Relief Help Has Changed Dramatically

The cost of acquiring top-notch bullpen talent is growing annually – and has been for some time.

by July 28, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Hoping for an Average Jason Heyward and Other Bullets

Hoping for an Average Jason Heyward and Other Bullets

Not a typical Jason Heyward season, mind you – just an average big league hitter from here on out in 2016. That would be huge.

Aroldis Chapman’s Rocky Debut Off the Mound and Other Bullets

Aroldis Chapman’s Rocky Debut Off the Mound and Other Bullets

An introductory Q&A went wildly awry through no fault of Chapman’s, but it underscored this tenuous situation.

Recency Bias, the 162-Game Sample, and Why the Cubs Don’t Win Anymore

Recency Bias, the 162-Game Sample, and Why the Cubs Don’t Win Anymore

My daughter asked me why the Cubs don’t win anymore. Silly question, right?

by July 27, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Just How Good Has Aroldis Chapman Been? Has He Been As Good in 2016?

Just How Good Has Aroldis Chapman Been? Has He Been As Good in 2016?

You know Chapman has been dominant in his career, but he’s doing it a little differently in 2016 so far.

by July 26, 2016 Analysis and Commentary

Jason Heyward Is Killing Them Softly … But Possibly Getting Better

Jason Heyward Is Killing Them Softly … But Possibly Getting Better

It’s been a season of weak contact and bad results for Jason Heyward, but there are glimmers of improvement, believe it or not.

by July 26, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
On the Aroldis Chapman Trade, Theo Epstein’s Comments, and Moving Forward

On the Aroldis Chapman Trade, Theo Epstein’s Comments, and Moving Forward

Where things stand after the trade, and the process that went into it.

When You Debate Joe Maddon, You’re Usually Wrong and Other Bullets

When You Debate Joe Maddon, You’re Usually Wrong and Other Bullets

About that controversial pinch-running decision last night. I’m open to the possibility that we’re all just wrong.

Chicago Cubs Reportedly to Acquire Aroldis Chapman for Torres, Warren, McKinney, Crawford

Chicago Cubs Reportedly to Acquire Aroldis Chapman for Torres, Warren, McKinney, Crawford

It’s a significant package to give up for a reliever, but it’s a reliever who might be as impactful as any playoff-bound reilever in baseball.


The Latest on the Cubs and Aroldis Chapman Trade Rumors (UPDATES: Done Deal?)

The Latest on the Cubs and Aroldis Chapman Trade Rumors (UPDATES: Done Deal?)

What exactly is preventing the deal from being finalized? How valuable is Chapman?

You Go, We Go, We All Go Get Ice Cream and Other Bullets

You Go, We Go, We All Go Get Ice Cream and Other Bullets

The layers of the Dexter Fowler return, the future for Albert Almora, the present for Carl Edwards, and much more.