Analysis and Commentary

Will There Be a Back of the Rotation Competition Between Adam Warren and Kyle Hendricks?

Will There Be a Back of the Rotation Competition Between Adam Warren and Kyle Hendricks?

Hendricks or Warren? This is a question the Cubs may actually wind up facing.

by February 10, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Up All Night: Ron Santo Memories and 10 Days Until Pitchers and Catchers Report

Up All Night: Ron Santo Memories and 10 Days Until Pitchers and Catchers Report

Santo left us with so much to remember, and whenever see the Cubs and the number 10, I immediately think of him.

by February 9, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Two-Year Deals that Will Be Cubs-Relevant in the Future: Donaldson, Martinez, Pollock

Two-Year Deals that Will Be Cubs-Relevant in the Future: Donaldson, Martinez, Pollock

Young, arbitration-level, position player stars getting multi-year deals – this will be relevant to the Cubs’ future negotiations.

Jed Hoyer Speaks: Starting Pitcher Health, Baez, Coghlan, Schwarber, More

Jed Hoyer Speaks: Starting Pitcher Health, Baez, Coghlan, Schwarber, More

Cubs GM Jed Hoyer discusses the upcoming season, the rotation, finding playing time, and much more. And we discuss the same.

Cubs Project to Be One of the Most Improved Teams By Contact Rate

Cubs Project to Be One of the Most Improved Teams By Contact Rate

The Cubs struck out a ton in 2015, but they figure to be among the most improved teams for 2016.

by February 8, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Trying to Find a Realistic Jake Arrieta Extension is Not Easy, But I’ll Try

Trying to Find a Realistic Jake Arrieta Extension is Not Easy, But I’ll Try

I land on a five-year deal that could arguably make sense for each side … and arguably be rejected by each side, too.

by February 8, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Before and After Signing: A Decade in the Cubs’ Experience with Free Agency

Before and After Signing: A Decade in the Cubs’ Experience with Free Agency

So many hits and misses over the years in free agency. Can the Class of 2015 live up to what the group did in 2006?

by February 7, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
The Trouble with High-Average, Low-Power Hitters in the Minors and Other Bullets

The Trouble with High-Average, Low-Power Hitters in the Minors and Other Bullets

The lack of power, on its own, is not the only problem. It causes other issues, and I’m not sure we discuss it enough.

Ask Away: Outfield Moves, Option Rules, Sabermetric Gaps, Brett as a Boss, and More

Ask Away: Outfield Moves, Option Rules, Sabermetric Gaps, Brett as a Boss, and More

In this week’s Ask Away, we check in on the remaining roster moves, gaps in sabermetrics, Brett as a Michael’s boss, and much more.

Clayton Richard’s Versatility Should Provide the Cubs Value and Options in 2016

Clayton Richard’s Versatility Should Provide the Cubs Value and Options in 2016

Richard was used a variety of ways in 2015, and that could happen again in 2016. Or, when you dig in, maybe he’ll mostly just be a match-up reliever.

by February 6, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Joe Maddon is Just Fine Without the DH – And Is That a Separate Edge for the Cubs?

Joe Maddon is Just Fine Without the DH – And Is That a Separate Edge for the Cubs?

No DH in the National League? No problem for Joe Maddon, who is among the best at what he does.

Exit Velocity Matters, and Cubs Are Going to Crush It and Other Bullets

Exit Velocity Matters, and Cubs Are Going to Crush It and Other Bullets

The Cubs have some of the hardest hitters in baseball, which does matter.

The Cubs Picked A Really Good Year To Be Hyper-Active In Free Agency

The Cubs Picked A Really Good Year To Be Hyper-Active In Free Agency

It appears as if the Cubs and other big spenders picked a good year to invest in the free agent market.

by February 5, 2016 Analysis and Commentary