Analysis and Commentary


Two Cubs Starting Pitchers Are Ranked Among the Top 10 in Baseball

Two Cubs Starting Pitchers Are Ranked Among the Top 10 in Baseball

The Cubs’ rotation features two of baseball’s pitchers, but a case can be made for a third pitcher who was snubbed.

How the Cubs Subtly Reinvent Pitchers Like Brett Anderson, Eddie Butler, Alec Mills, and Casey Kelly

How the Cubs Subtly Reinvent Pitchers Like Brett Anderson, Eddie Butler, Alec Mills, and Casey Kelly

The Cubs are lacking upper-level pitching depth, but they’ve got the right guys in place to find some hidden gems.


Automated Strike Zones Are Not in the Near Future, and I Think I’m OK With That

Automated Strike Zones Are Not in the Near Future, and I Think I’m OK With That

The technology is not quite there, and, even if it were, there’s still a debate to be had.

Don’t Expect Jake Arrieta to Sign an Extension for Less Than Free Agent Dollars at This Point

Don’t Expect Jake Arrieta to Sign an Extension for Less Than Free Agent Dollars at This Point

Not only can Arrieta afford roll the dice this close to free agency, but doing so could also help future free agents.

Good Vibes from Montero, Calling Up Prospects, Soler Love, and Other Bullets

Good Vibes from Montero, Calling Up Prospects, Soler Love, and Other Bullets

I know he’s just a back-up catcher at this point, but I think it could be a great year for Montero. Also: why Jed Hoyer likes to call up prospects every year.

Javy Baez Remains Flexible About Being Flexible, and That’s Good News for the Cubs

Javy Baez Remains Flexible About Being Flexible, and That’s Good News for the Cubs

Javy Baez is a starting-caliber player, even if he won’t be in one, set spot to begin the year.

Tommy La Stella Talks About His Time Away from the Cubs Last Year – What’s Next for Him?

Tommy La Stella Talks About His Time Away from the Cubs Last Year – What’s Next for Him?

It’s not really possible to know right now how things are going to play out at the end of the Cubs’ bench.


Cubs Could Have the Two Top Comeback Player Contenders? and Other Bullets

Cubs Could Have the Two Top Comeback Player Contenders? and Other Bullets

They have to actually perform well, but Kyle Schwarber and Jason Heyward sure have the ability to do it.

Getting Rondon and Strop Back to Where They Were and Other Bullets

Getting Rondon and Strop Back to Where They Were and Other Bullets

The Cubs will have to be careful not to lean too heavily on the duo even if they are healthy and ready to go.

“Pitch Tunnels” and Another Area Where Cubs Pitchers Excel

“Pitch Tunnels” and Another Area Where Cubs Pitchers Excel

The art of making your pitches look like each other for as long as possible.

by February 19, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
Kris Bryant Significantly Improved Contact AND Power Last Year and Other Bullets

Kris Bryant Significantly Improved Contact AND Power Last Year and Other Bullets

That’s a tough combo to pull off, especially to the extremes that Bryant did.


Two More Measures Peg the Cubs Atop the Baseball World Heading Into 2017

Two More Measures Peg the Cubs Atop the Baseball World Heading Into 2017

They may not be match previous projections, but yet another set of measures have the Cubs winning the NL Central, at a minimum.

by February 17, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
The Financial and Other Advantages of Trading for Wade Davis and Other Bullets

The Financial and Other Advantages of Trading for Wade Davis and Other Bullets

The trade makes a list of the top offseason moves for a number of reasons. That, and much more this morning.

More on Jason Heyward’s Revamped Swing, Including Fresh Batting Practice Video

More on Jason Heyward’s Revamped Swing, Including Fresh Batting Practice Video

He’s putting in the work on some specific things, but will it pay off for Jason Heyward? Check out the videos to see where his swing is right now.

More on the Cubs’ Plan for Kyle Schwarber Behind the Plate

More on the Cubs’ Plan for Kyle Schwarber Behind the Plate

Schwarber will look like a duck and sound like a duck regularly, as it were, but he may walk like a duck only a couple days a week.