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Forget the Bat, Joe Maddon Values Javier Baez’s Defense

Forget the Bat, Joe Maddon Values Javier Baez’s Defense

Joe Maddon had excellent defensive second basemen in Tampa Bay. Can Javier Baez be that for the Cubs?

Bringing Back the Cubs/Cardinals Rivalry

Bringing Back the Cubs/Cardinals Rivalry

The tide of the one-sided rivalry is turning, and 2015 could be a very different year.

by March 27, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Looking at the Teams That Could Use Welington Castillo

Looking at the Teams That Could Use Welington Castillo

Reviewing the 29 other depth charts behind the plate reveals that there are really a significant number of teams that should want Castillo.

Chris Denorfia Reportedly Dealing with Hamstring Issue – Sweeney, Szczur, Lake Stepping In?

Chris Denorfia Reportedly Dealing with Hamstring Issue – Sweeney, Szczur, Lake Stepping In?

If Denorfia has to miss time, the Cubs would be able to keep one or more of those three on the Opening Day roster.

Balancing the Development of, and Production from, Javier Baez

Balancing the Development of, and Production from, Javier Baez

The Cubs have to decide what’s best for Baez’s short and long-term development, and balance that against the need to perform as a team in 2015.

by March 26, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Starlin Castro Turned 25 Today – How Does He Stack Up?

Starlin Castro Turned 25 Today – How Does He Stack Up?

When it comes to young shortstops, Castro has been historically good. Don’t forget that.

by March 24, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
More Reasons to Be Optimistic About Jake Arrieta’s Slider/Cutter Combo

More Reasons to Be Optimistic About Jake Arrieta’s Slider/Cutter Combo

The pitch was a thing of beauty for Arrieta in 2014, and there are reasons to believe it will be very repeatable.

No Surprise: Anthony Rizzo is Extremely Important to the 2015 Chicago Cubs

No Surprise: Anthony Rizzo is Extremely Important to the 2015 Chicago Cubs

Anthony Rizzo is among the most irreplaceable players in baseball thanks to his projected performance and the guys behind him.

by March 23, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
The Cubs Are Readying Kris Bryant for Outfield Work as More Grievance Chatter Abounds

The Cubs Are Readying Kris Bryant for Outfield Work as More Grievance Chatter Abounds

It’s hard to see an arbitrator substituting his baseball judgment for that of the Cubs, but this talk isn’t going away. Meanwhile, Bryant will see time in the outfield.

Kris Bryant and Historical Comparisons to Other Top Hitting Prospects

Kris Bryant and Historical Comparisons to Other Top Hitting Prospects

Even the best top-flight hitting prospects tend not to reach the big leagues as quickly as it seems Kris Bryant will.

Who Does Number 2 Work For? A Deeper Dive Into the Cubs’ Second Batter

Who Does Number 2 Work For? A Deeper Dive Into the Cubs’ Second Batter

What does a league average number two hitter look like? How about above average? And what could the Cubs do there?

Javier Baez’s Possible Minor League Start and the Roster Implications

Javier Baez’s Possible Minor League Start and the Roster Implications

The best development path for Baez could see him back at AAA Iowa to start the season. Let’s talk about the implications for him, and for the Cubs’ roster.

A Fun Introduction to Swing Analysis, and the Joy of Cubs Homers

A Fun Introduction to Swing Analysis, and the Joy of Cubs Homers

If you’re looking for an easy, fun way to start looking at swing analysis, FanGraphs has you covered.

Scott Boras Says Scott Boras Things About Kris Bryant Being Called Up

Scott Boras Says Scott Boras Things About Kris Bryant Being Called Up

You knew it was coming eventually, and it sounds pretty much as you’d expect. And Theo Epstein responds as you’d expect.

Some Research Says Some Spring Stats Correlate with Some Regular Season Stats (Somewhat)

Some Research Says Some Spring Stats Correlate with Some Regular Season Stats (Somewhat)

Although we don’t want to go too far with this, it’s probably not entirely accurate to say that Spring stats are 100% meaningless.

by March 17, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Your Reminder of the Rules Regarding Kris Bryant and Service Time

Your Reminder of the Rules Regarding Kris Bryant and Service Time

Please do not offer an argument or a hot take about Bryant and the Cubs until an unless you full understand the rules.

Kyle Hendricks and the Many Values of Consistency

Kyle Hendricks and the Many Values of Consistency

Consistent, predictable pitchers are a good thing for a number of reasons. Hendricks could be that guy for the Cubs in 2015 and beyond.

by March 16, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Matt Szczur’s Powerful Spring, and Possible Future (VIDEO)

Matt Szczur’s Powerful Spring, and Possible Future (VIDEO)

Adding a touch of pop could make a world of difference for Szczur. So far this Spring, he’s doing it.

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