You never take too much away from Spring Training performances, but sometimes they do help make decisions at the margins. And the Cubs have a ton of decisions to make.
Analysis and Commentary
It’s where Rizzo is expected to bat today, which may or may not mean anything. But I do like Rizzo there.
Joe Maddon described how Castillo could be incorporated into the mix if the Cubs carry three catchers. It’s not a significant role.
That’s according to the first iteration of the FanGraphs Playoff Odds Report, anyway.
It appears that there are three distinct changes in play for Baez … but will they actually help him put the ball in play?
We’re not wondering why the Cubs are bad. We’re wondering why they always seem to be worse than whatever level of bad they were expected to be. (But, hey, 2015 should be better!)
Everyone understands that there are potential service times issues at play.
Here’s a crazy – but maybe awesome? – idea for improving the national interest in baseball.
It’s not just about getting the right guy in the 9-hole, it’s also about how long you expect the starting pitcher to be in the game.
We know the duo improved dramatically in 2014, but how exactly did it happen, and how exactly could it play out in 2015?
Cubs have any righties who are tough on lefties, or lefties who are tough on righties? Well, there is one guy who stands out.
Jeff Samardzija started a kerfuffle with some comments about analytics, but, even if he’s not right about all of it, he made a very important point.
It’s not just the injury histories of the nominal starters – it’s the lack of clear regulars ready to step in behind them.
Is MLB getting tougher for young positional players? If so, does that disproportionately hurt the Cubs? Tentative answers: no, no.
One year ago today, the Cubs revealed that Jake Arrieta had shoulder tightness and wouldn’t break camp with the big league team. Think about where it all went from there.
The money was actually extremely close, and Shields chose the better fit. I still don’t register too much disappointment.