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The Cubs Are What They Are So Far

The Cubs Are What They Are So Far

The Cubs are playing as well as could be expected and are doing so without the benefit of a favorable schedule.

by April 25, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Anthony Rizzo’s Homer and Crazy Numbers (VIDEO)

Anthony Rizzo’s Homer and Crazy Numbers (VIDEO)

Rizzo has been a top ten offensive player in baseball in the early going, and how he’s doing it is pretty fun.

Which Chris Coghlan Do The Cubs Have And Which Are They Getting?

Which Chris Coghlan Do The Cubs Have And Which Are They Getting?

Chris Coghlan is providing some newfound offense with the help of a new swing, better health, and better luck.

Starlin Castro, Professional Hitter and Professional Shortstop

Starlin Castro, Professional Hitter and Professional Shortstop

Castro’s combined performance this year in the field and at the plate have been MVP-like.

The Chicago Cubs Have Been Very Disciplined in Their Plate Approach So Far

The Chicago Cubs Have Been Very Disciplined in Their Plate Approach So Far

Are there still a lot of strikeouts? Sure. But these Cubs are taking walks and getting on base.

by April 22, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Let’s Talk About the Chicago Cubs Bullpen: Roles, Limitations, Performances

Let’s Talk About the Chicago Cubs Bullpen: Roles, Limitations, Performances

The issue is a little broader than just Brian Schlitter, though his role should probably change.

by April 22, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Rooftops Drop Lawsuit Against City Over Wrigley Field Renovation Plan

Rooftops Drop Lawsuit Against City Over Wrigley Field Renovation Plan

This could be a signal that the rooftops’ suit against the Cubs is also coming to a close.

Happy Addison Russell Day! Expectations, Roster, Readiness, Excitement, and More

Happy Addison Russell Day! Expectations, Roster, Readiness, Excitement, and More

The progress continues, as the next big name debuts tonight against the Pirates. Let’s talk about what’s coming.

Peeking at the Cubs’ Expected Win Total from Here on Out

Peeking at the Cubs’ Expected Win Total from Here on Out

It’s very early, but are the Cubs still looking like a mid-80s-win team?

by April 20, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
BT at BP: Extreme Shifting and the Runner in Scoring Position

BT at BP: Extreme Shifting and the Runner in Scoring Position

We saw this on Friday with Jonathan Herrera toying with James Shields, and it impacted the Cubs in Colorado, too.

by April 20, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Addison Russell Playing Second Base Regularly at Iowa – How Soon Might We See Him?

Addison Russell Playing Second Base Regularly at Iowa – How Soon Might We See Him?

Given the circumstances, I think it’s pretty reasonable to speculate that Russell could be up very soon.

Kris Bryant Day Brought Buzz and a Reminder That “It Feels Different”

Kris Bryant Day Brought Buzz and a Reminder That “It Feels Different”

Kris Bryant’s debut ushered in a new era on a day that felt different from the start.

by April 18, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
All Things Kris Bryant Debut: Videos, Pictures, Highs, Lows, and Sometimes It’s Just a Game

All Things Kris Bryant Debut: Videos, Pictures, Highs, Lows, and Sometimes It’s Just a Game

It was mostly a good day for Bryant and the game of baseball, even if it didn’t include a storybook ending.

Time to Eat Crow: PITCHf/x Says Yesterday’s “Missed” Strike Threes Were Actually Balls

Time to Eat Crow: PITCHf/x Says Yesterday’s “Missed” Strike Threes Were Actually Balls

Data don’t lie. It looks like the Cubs earned their loss yesterday, rather than having it unfairly gifted to the Padres.

by April 18, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Happy Kris Bryant Day! Projections, Looking Back, Staying Grounded, Uniform Number, More

Happy Kris Bryant Day! Projections, Looking Back, Staying Grounded, Uniform Number, More

Today is a very good day, and fans should enjoy it. But there will be downs, together with the ups.

by April 17, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Neil Ramirez Getting MRI on Shoulder Today, Roster Considerations Involving Kris Bryant

Neil Ramirez Getting MRI on Shoulder Today, Roster Considerations Involving Kris Bryant

Fingers crossed on a positive outcome for Ramirez, but, even in a good scenario, the Cubs may need to make a roster move.

Travis Wood is a Dirtbag (Which is a Good Thing) and Other Bullets

Travis Wood is a Dirtbag (Which is a Good Thing) and Other Bullets

When it comes to baseball players, that’s a good thing. Wood was dominant last night. Also: Bryant as number one, Maddon calls for Schlitter, and Rally Beaver.

Given the Injuries and Short Bench, is Kris Bryant Coming Up Friday or Saturday?

Given the Injuries and Short Bench, is Kris Bryant Coming Up Friday or Saturday?

I’ll answer my own question with a “not quite,” but a call-up at Wrigley Field for the weekend is looking more possible.

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