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BT at BP: Wrigley Attendance Climbing, Cubs Top Road Draw

BT at BP: Wrigley Attendance Climbing, Cubs Top Road Draw

The Cubs are very popular once again. And it’s nice.

by August 31, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Everything You Need to Know About Today’s Deadline, Playoff Eligibility, and September Call-Ups

Everything You Need to Know About Today’s Deadline, Playoff Eligibility, and September Call-Ups

Today is a deadline, though it might not be what you thought. The possibility of the playoffs generates an entirely different September then we’re used to.

Jake Arrieta is Incredible, Residual No-Hitter Fun, History Secured, and Other Bullets

Jake Arrieta is Incredible, Residual No-Hitter Fun, History Secured, and Other Bullets

More love for Arrieta, more historical context, and more fun times to be a Cubs fan.

Fernando Rodney Debuted, Let’s Re-Imagine His Role in the Cubs Bullpen

Fernando Rodney Debuted, Let’s Re-Imagine His Role in the Cubs Bullpen

Adding Fernando Rodney could have a domino effect in the bullpen if he does one simple thing in relief.

by August 30, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Discussing Jon Lester’s Season in a Meaningful Way and Other Bullets

Discussing Jon Lester’s Season in a Meaningful Way and Other Bullets

His start last night was not as bad as the final result, which seems to often be the case with Lester this year.

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

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