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With Welington Castillo Gone, David Ross’s Offense Becomes More Important

With Welington Castillo Gone, David Ross’s Offense Becomes More Important

David Ross will have to do a little bit more offensively with Welington Castillo gone. Even if it is simply drawing walks.

by May 23, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Addison Russell is on a Tear in His Last 21 Games, Homered Last Night (VIDEO)

Addison Russell is on a Tear in His Last 21 Games, Homered Last Night (VIDEO)

Addison Russell adjusted for the first week of his big league career. Since then, he’s dominated.

by May 22, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Kyle Hendricks Shows the Best of Himself and Other Bullets

Kyle Hendricks Shows the Best of Himself and Other Bullets

Last night was the best that Kyle Hendricks can be … and it was really, really good.

Still Buying the Idea of Pulling Starters Early and Other Bullets

Still Buying the Idea of Pulling Starters Early and Other Bullets

Joe Maddon pulled Tsuyoshi Wada very early last night, but it was pretty clearly the right move – as it’s been all season.

Cubs Hitters Finding That Other Teams’ Catchers Are Framing Pitches, Too

Cubs Hitters Finding That Other Teams’ Catchers Are Framing Pitches, Too

The Cubs are among the top teams in pitch framing. They’re also among the top teams in getting framed against.

by May 20, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
It’s Probably Time to Slide Starlin Castro Back Down the Order

It’s Probably Time to Slide Starlin Castro Back Down the Order

Castro has always shown an ability to adjust and rebound, at least. But that could take some time.

by May 20, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Getting to Know New Chicago Cubs Pitcher Yoervis Medina

Getting to Know New Chicago Cubs Pitcher Yoervis Medina

The big, strong righty is a hard-thrower who generates strikeouts and groundballs. What’s not to like? Other than the struggles this year, of course.

Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta and Jason Hammel Are Carrying the Cubs Pitching Staff

Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta and Jason Hammel Are Carrying the Cubs Pitching Staff

16 of the Cubs’ 19 quality starts this year have come from those three pitchers.

by May 19, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Yesterday, the Soler Strike Zone Made a Particularly Egregious Appearance

Yesterday, the Soler Strike Zone Made a Particularly Egregious Appearance

It seems like the strike zone frequently expands when Jorge Soler steps to the plate.

by May 18, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Jon Lester Plays the Part and Dominates the Pirates (VIDEO)

Jon Lester Plays the Part and Dominates the Pirates (VIDEO)

Lester was so very good yesterday, and it was just what the Cubs needed.

by May 17, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
BT at BP: Turning the Spotlight on Chicago Cubs Shortstop Prospect Gleyber Torres

BT at BP: Turning the Spotlight on Chicago Cubs Shortstop Prospect Gleyber Torres

You know Torres has been impressive, but let’s really hammer home just how impressive.

Travis Wood’s Rough Patch and the Tsuyoshi Wada Decision

Travis Wood’s Rough Patch and the Tsuyoshi Wada Decision

The Cubs will have to make a decision soon on Wada’s future, and Wood’s current rough patch could impact that decision.

by May 15, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
So, What About Cubs Batters in High Leverage Situations?

So, What About Cubs Batters in High Leverage Situations?

Yesterday we checked on the pitchers with ugly results. How are the batters doing in the most important situations?

by May 14, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
The Cubs Aren’t Leaning on Their Bullpen as Much as You Might Think

The Cubs Aren’t Leaning on Their Bullpen as Much as You Might Think

If you assumed that the Cubs were having late-game difficulties because of an overly-used bullpen, you may be mistaken.

by May 13, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Checking In On Javier Baez at AAA Iowa – He Homered Last Night (VIDEO)

Checking In On Javier Baez at AAA Iowa – He Homered Last Night (VIDEO)

Baez is making subtle changes to his swing, and the results so far are positive.

Cubs Pitching Has Struggled at the Most Critical Times

Cubs Pitching Has Struggled at the Most Critical Times

If you thought you noticed something on this over the past few weeks, you were probably right.

by May 13, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Fun with Kris Bryant’s Big Night (VIDEOS)

Fun with Kris Bryant’s Big Night (VIDEOS)

Single, triple, homer. It capped off what’s been a great four-day stretch for Bryant.

Three Cubs Starters Have Been Particularly Tough to Square Up This Year

Three Cubs Starters Have Been Particularly Tough to Square Up This Year

It’s an interesting new way to evaluate pitcher performance.

by May 12, 2015 Analysis and Commentary

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