Analysis and Commentary


Hoping for Offense from Defensive Stars and Other Bullets

Hoping for Offense from Defensive Stars and Other Bullets

If Addison Russell and Jason Heyward have slightly above-league-average bats next year? Watch out, baseball. (Again.)

A Deal with the Dodgers Involving Javy Baez is, of Course, Very Unlikely

A Deal with the Dodgers Involving Javy Baez is, of Course, Very Unlikely

You can make the “on paper” argument for a fit in a trade, but there are practical reasons it is much more complicated than that.


John Lackey and the Difference Between His Performance Before and After Injury

John Lackey and the Difference Between His Performance Before and After Injury

An August shoulder injury seemed to keep John Lackey from finishing on a high note, even after returning from the DL.

by January 19, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
Risk vs. Uncertainty, Baez Plus Zobrist, Extensions, Happy Wrigley, and Other Bullets

Risk vs. Uncertainty, Baez Plus Zobrist, Extensions, Happy Wrigley, and Other Bullets

Ever think about the difference between “risk” and “uncertainty” in contract negotiations?

Did Hall of Fame Voters Miss the Boat on Former Cub Lee Smith?

Did Hall of Fame Voters Miss the Boat on Former Cub Lee Smith?

The former long-time Cubs reliever has fallen off the Hall of Fame ballot – should he have been given more consideration?

by January 19, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
The Cubs’ Position Player Group is Collectively Elite on Offense and Defense

The Cubs’ Position Player Group is Collectively Elite on Offense and Defense

In both phases of the game, the Cubs’ position players figure to excel as a unit in 2017.

by January 18, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
Kris Bryant’s Areas for Improvement (Yes, They Exist) and Other Bullets

Kris Bryant’s Areas for Improvement (Yes, They Exist) and Other Bullets

Kris Bryant was otherworldly last year, but there are a couple areas where he could improve.


Top Cubs Prospect Eloy Jimenez, BABIP, and Hitting the Ball Really Freaking Hard

Top Cubs Prospect Eloy Jimenez, BABIP, and Hitting the Ball Really Freaking Hard

It’s not hard to dream on Jimenez’s future, given what he’s shown us so far.

Is Brett Anderson a Tyson Ross Fallback Option for the Cubs?

Is Brett Anderson a Tyson Ross Fallback Option for the Cubs?

There are reasons Anderson is worth pursuing – so long as the injury history is understood.

Cubs TV Notes: Progress on New Deal and Network, In-Market Streaming, More

Cubs TV Notes: Progress on New Deal and Network, In-Market Streaming, More

There’s a lot to discuss on the Cubs TV front. It’s complicated, and still lacks clarity, but it’s very important.

Remember When Jon Lester Dominated the Dodgers? (Yes, Brett, But Which Time?)

Remember When Jon Lester Dominated the Dodgers? (Yes, Brett, But Which Time?)

Jon Lester had the Dodgers’ number this year.

by January 17, 2017 Analysis and Commentary

The League’s Top Catchers: Willson Contreras Already Makes the Cut

The League’s Top Catchers: Willson Contreras Already Makes the Cut

One of the team’s bright young stars is also one of the best catchers in the game.

by January 13, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
Best Rotation in Baseball? One Ranking Puts the Cubs Up Top

Best Rotation in Baseball? One Ranking Puts the Cubs Up Top

The Cubs durability and consistency thrusts them into the top spot overall.

by January 12, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
Top Left Fielders List a Bit Thin, But There’s a Familiar Face

Top Left Fielders List a Bit Thin, But There’s a Familiar Face

Even after missing most of 2016, Kyle Schwarber is right up there on the list of the top left fielders in baseball.

by January 12, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
Joe Maddon Offers His Very Early Batting Order, With Kyle Schwarber on Top

Joe Maddon Offers His Very Early Batting Order, With Kyle Schwarber on Top

It’s everybody’s favorite offseason game! And Joe Maddon throws his hat in the ring.