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Chicago Cubs Officially Release Edwin Jackson

Chicago Cubs Officially Release Edwin Jackson

A big signing back in the 2012 offseason, Jackson never quite worked out with the Cubs. I learned some lessons.

What Getting Swept By the Worst Team in Baseball Does to Your Playoff Odds and Other Bullets

What Getting Swept By the Worst Team in Baseball Does to Your Playoff Odds and Other Bullets

Even as you recognize one series doesn’t tell you *that* much about a team, you also have to recognize how harmful that sweep was.

Is it Witnessing History if You Have to Leave Early?

Is it Witnessing History if You Have to Leave Early?

Does it still count as being a witness to a no-hitter if you had to leave early for some reason?

by July 26, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Why We Watch

Why We Watch

The Cubs may have ruined my evening yesterday, but that’s a small price to pay for a season that’s a hell of a lot better than the five that came before it.

by July 25, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Price of Pitching is High, Especially in July

Price of Pitching is High, Especially in July

Quality pitching has been costly in July, but the currency in these cases are in the form of prospects — not cash.

by July 24, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
When a Series Split Feels Like a Win and Other Bullets

When a Series Split Feels Like a Win and Other Bullets

Takes a perfect mix of things, but that’s what happened this week in Cincinnati. I’m flying high!

BT at BP: Cubs’ Triple-A 40-Man’ers Could Contribute One Way or Another

BT at BP: Cubs’ Triple-A 40-Man’ers Could Contribute One Way or Another

Junior Lake, Matt Szczur, Christian Villanueva, and Mike Olt are all performing well at Iowa right now. That could mean help in the future in more ways than one.

The Competitive Balance Lottery is Coming: NL Central Imbalance, Teams, Trade Implications

The Competitive Balance Lottery is Coming: NL Central Imbalance, Teams, Trade Implications

Every non-Cub NL Central team is eligible to receive an extra, tradable pick tomorrow. Let’s discuss.

Jed Hoyer Was Once A Buyer At The Trade Deadline, Too

Jed Hoyer Was Once A Buyer At The Trade Deadline, Too

The Chicago Cubs’ GM was helming the ship for the San Diego Padres when they looked to buy back in 2010.

by July 21, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Theo The Shopper: A Look At Theo Epstein’s Trade History As A Buyer In July

Theo The Shopper: A Look At Theo Epstein’s Trade History As A Buyer In July

Theo Epstein has a long, decorated history as a buyer as the trade deadline nears. The Cubs should be buyers in the coming days, so a look-back is interesting.

Cubs, Contenders Value Pitch Framing Now More Than Ever

Cubs, Contenders Value Pitch Framing Now More Than Ever

Kyle Schwarber’s biggest challenge might be getting up to speed with the Cubs’ elite pitch-framing catchers.

by July 19, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
If You Weren’t Paying Attention, Jon Lester’s Been a Top 20 Pitcher This Year and Other Bullets

If You Weren’t Paying Attention, Jon Lester’s Been a Top 20 Pitcher This Year and Other Bullets

While folks were busy griping about him and his contract, Lester was busy turning in great start after great start.

A Reminder About the Need for, and Availability of, Starting Pitching

A Reminder About the Need for, and Availability of, Starting Pitching

It’s easy to say that the pitching hasn’t been the Cubs’ problem and there won’t be enough arms available anyway. But that’s not exactly true, and it misses the point.

Rafael Soriano Could Be Coming Soon – Whose Spot Does He Take?

Rafael Soriano Could Be Coming Soon – Whose Spot Does He Take?

The Cubs have an eight-man pen, but there’s not necessarily an obvious guy to bounce when Soriano is ready.

Breaking Down Last Night’s Loss, and Our Carpet

Breaking Down Last Night’s Loss, and Our Carpet

Thoughts on failing to come through, Kyle Schwarber’s receiving, and Pedro Strop’s apparent struggles.

by July 18, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Happy Kyle Schwarber Day, Part Two – Plans, Projections, Profile, Positivity

Happy Kyle Schwarber Day, Part Two – Plans, Projections, Profile, Positivity

We get to do it all over again. It’s something just a little short of “hooray”, though, isn’t it? Given the circumstances?

At the Break, Cubs’ Playoff Odds Hovering in the 60 to 70 Percent Range

At the Break, Cubs’ Playoff Odds Hovering in the 60 to 70 Percent Range

Not too bad considering the mini-slump just before the break.

by July 16, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
MLB’s Young, Home-Grown Players Took Center Stage In All-Star Game

MLB’s Young, Home-Grown Players Took Center Stage In All-Star Game

More than half of the selected All-Stars were representing the teams that originally signed or drafted them.

Jake Arrieta Had a Dominant First Half

Jake Arrieta Had a Dominant First Half

Big surprise, right? You thought he was good, and he was very good.

by July 15, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
BT at BP: Long Time Since Cubs Fans Had a Rooting Interest in the Home Run Derby

BT at BP: Long Time Since Cubs Fans Had a Rooting Interest in the Home Run Derby

It’s been over 10 years since Sammy Sosa last participated. That 2004 Derby might’ve presaged what was to come.

by July 13, 2015 Analysis and Commentary

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