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The Dodgers Explosive Payroll Knows No Boundaries – Approaching $300 Million

The Dodgers Explosive Payroll Knows No Boundaries – Approaching $300 Million

The Dodgers could fit the Pirates and Cubs’ payrolls comfortably under their financial umbrella. Talk about flexing your financial muscle.

For Future Information and Posterity Only: Starlin Castro Reportedly Cleared Waivers

For Future Information and Posterity Only: Starlin Castro Reportedly Cleared Waivers

That suggests Castro’s contract, in the view of all other teams, has negative value.

Scoreboard Watching: Get Ready to Be a Little Annoyed

Scoreboard Watching: Get Ready to Be a Little Annoyed

Actual standings and what-could-have-been standings.

Tough Match-Ups? No Prob: Cubs Have Winning Record Against MLB’s Best Pitchers

Tough Match-Ups? No Prob: Cubs Have Winning Record Against MLB’s Best Pitchers

With a couple big-time starters looming to face the Cubs, you might be concerned. Maybe you shouldn’t be.

by August 27, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Joe Maddon is a Super Cool Dude; Or, Why He’s Such a Good Manager

Joe Maddon is a Super Cool Dude; Or, Why He’s Such a Good Manager

The Cubs got the right guy at the right time.

Cubs Playoff Odds Reaching High Water Mark of the Year: 97%

Cubs Playoff Odds Reaching High Water Mark of the Year: 97%

It’s tough to get much higher. Last night’s win was huge.

Justin Grimm is One of MLB’s Most Valuable Relievers

Justin Grimm is One of MLB’s Most Valuable Relievers

Justin Grimm has proven to be tremendously valuable to Joe Maddon and the Chicago Cubs.

by August 26, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Addison Russell Has Been Raking Since The All-Star Break

Addison Russell Has Been Raking Since The All-Star Break

Addison Russell has seen a decline in strikeout rate and an increase in production since the All-Star Break, all while staying in the No. 9 spot.

by August 24, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
The Trouble with Dan Haren So Far and Other Bullets

The Trouble with Dan Haren So Far and Other Bullets

You already know. It’s the long ball.

Incredibly Lucky Chicago Cubs Homer Party: Rizzo, Russell, Montero, Soler (VIDEOS)

Incredibly Lucky Chicago Cubs Homer Party: Rizzo, Russell, Montero, Soler (VIDEOS)

It’s pretty crazy to see how close all four balls were to not leaving the yard. Indeed, at most parks, they wouldn’t have.

Let’s Talk About Dexter Fowler’s Defense and Watch His Awesome Leaping Grab (VIDEO)

Let’s Talk About Dexter Fowler’s Defense and Watch His Awesome Leaping Grab (VIDEO)

Fowler’s defense in center this year for the Cubs has been solid, if you ask me. He made a heckuva play yesterday, too.

Dexter Fowler is Playing Like a Top-10 Player in All of Baseball

Dexter Fowler is Playing Like a Top-10 Player in All of Baseball

You may not have realized just how good Fowler has been now for a very long time.

by August 21, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Fun with Kris Bryant’s Big Game (VIDEO)

Fun with Kris Bryant’s Big Game (VIDEO)

Kris Bryant has been fantastic all year, but he might have had his best game last night.

by August 20, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Is it Time for MLB to Get Rid of Divisions?

Is it Time for MLB to Get Rid of Divisions?

If the season ended today, the third and fourth best teams in all of baseball would have to play in a single elimination game to then face the best team in all of baseball. Fair?

by August 18, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Jorge Soler’s Power on Display, and a Discussion About Its Frequent Absence (VIDEO)

Jorge Soler’s Power on Display, and a Discussion About Its Frequent Absence (VIDEO)

He’s so big and so strong, and yet has so few homers and extra-base hits.

by August 18, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
A Look at the Cubs’ Remaining Schedule, and the Challenges Ahead

A Look at the Cubs’ Remaining Schedule, and the Challenges Ahead

The Cubs have 46 meaningful games remaining on their schedule, and challenges will come from everywhere.

by August 17, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Cardinals Are Once Again Historically Fortunate

Cardinals Are Once Again Historically Fortunate

Call it Cluster Luck or black magic, but whatever it is, the Cardinals are getting historically lucky — again.

by August 16, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Crosstown Cup Starters Jeff Samardzija, Kyle Hendricks Heading In Opposite Directions

Crosstown Cup Starters Jeff Samardzija, Kyle Hendricks Heading In Opposite Directions

Jeff Samardzija and Kyle Hendricks couldn’t be more different as they entered Friday’s match-up.

by August 14, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
The Strike Zone Continues to Get Larger and Lower

The Strike Zone Continues to Get Larger and Lower

Even after becoming a major talking point last year, nothing has changed.

Cubs Have Fourth Best Record in Baseball, 80ish Percent Playoff Odds

Cubs Have Fourth Best Record in Baseball, 80ish Percent Playoff Odds

Things are still looking good for the Cubs, who are one of the better teams in baseball this year.

by August 11, 2015 Analysis and Commentary

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