Analysis and Commentary

Jason Heyward’s Early Results Are Better Than They Have Been For Four Straight Seasons

Jason Heyward’s Early Results Are Better Than They Have Been For Four Straight Seasons

Want your early-season dose of positive indicators on Jason Heyward’s performance? There are many.

by April 20, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
The Bullpen Keeps Playing the Quiet Hero in Cubs Comeback Wins and Other Bullets

The Bullpen Keeps Playing the Quiet Hero in Cubs Comeback Wins and Other Bullets

The bats get the glory, but the Cubs’ bullpen was just as important to yesterday’s win. Also: Todd Ricketts won’t join Trump administration yet, Cubs charity efforts, more.


Addison Russell and the Comeback Cubs Really Saved the Off-Day

Addison Russell and the Comeback Cubs Really Saved the Off-Day

How ugly would today be looking if the Cubs hadn’t pulled it off yesterday? Whew. Re-enjoy the fact that they did!

Cubs GM Jed Hoyer Is Unconcerned, Though He Sees Some Sloppiness

Cubs GM Jed Hoyer Is Unconcerned, Though He Sees Some Sloppiness

Here in the early going, there have been some hiccups for the Cubs, but they are not necessarily things that won’t course-correct.

Just Like That, the Cubs Can Win Another Series Today and Other Bullets

Just Like That, the Cubs Can Win Another Series Today and Other Bullets

How quickly the tide turns after a great win, eh? Also: Anderson’s start, Schwarber employee of the month, Thames’ breakout, much more.

Albert Almora Jr.’s 9th Inning At Bat and Still-Developing Plate Discipline

Albert Almora Jr.’s 9th Inning At Bat and Still-Developing Plate Discipline

One at bat is never enough to fully understand or evaluate a player, but last night’s did offer an example of some things worth discussing.

by April 18, 2017 Analysis and Commentary

We Haven’t Seen Cubs Baseball Like This Since 2014 (Technically) and Other Bullets

We Haven’t Seen Cubs Baseball Like This Since 2014 (Technically) and Other Bullets

The last time the Cubs were under .500 this “deep” into the season was 2014. Some other “fun” facts …

Addison Russell Offensive Trends Point to Significant Improvement Ahead

Addison Russell Offensive Trends Point to Significant Improvement Ahead

Good early signs from Addison Russell’s bat.

How Bad Has the Cubs’ Bullpen Been, Really? Also Butler Results, Fowler Struggles, and Other Bullets

How Bad Has the Cubs’ Bullpen Been, Really? Also Butler Results, Fowler Struggles, and Other Bullets

Overall, the Cubs’ bullpen has been middle-of-the-pack, and really it’s only a couple guys who’ve struggled. And even those have been just a handful!

The Chicago Cubs Are 6-6, Which Says Much More and Much Less Than You Think

The Chicago Cubs Are 6-6, Which Says Much More and Much Less Than You Think

For me, I focus mostly on the sum of those two numbers. Namely, that’s been only 12 Cubs games so far.

by April 17, 2017 Analysis and Commentary

The Maybe-Kinda Velocity Plan, Arrieta’s Day, Bullpen Usage, and Other Bullets

The Maybe-Kinda Velocity Plan, Arrieta’s Day, Bullpen Usage, and Other Bullets

There’s at least a suggestion now that the drops in velocity we’ve seen from Cubs starters is not entirely unintentional.

Wake Up and Watch Yesterday’s Unlikely Homers, Including Two from Kris Bryant

Wake Up and Watch Yesterday’s Unlikely Homers, Including Two from Kris Bryant

Sometimes the wind helps the Cubs more than the other team, and sometimes it’s the reverse.

Does the Math Support Having Ben Zobrist Hit Clean-Up?

Does the Math Support Having Ben Zobrist Hit Clean-Up?

What Ben Zobrist lacks in raw power, he makes up for in not making outs. So, what does the math say about this atypical cleanup hitter?

by April 15, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
The Cubs’ Stellar Defense Saves the Pitchers in More Ways Than One and Other Bullets

The Cubs’ Stellar Defense Saves the Pitchers in More Ways Than One and Other Bullets

Almora’s impact, Anderson’s day, the Hall of Fame wants Cubs gear, Rizzo’s beersplosion, and much more.

More on the Beautiful Cubs Rings, Using Four Outfielders at a Time, and Other Bullets

More on the Beautiful Cubs Rings, Using Four Outfielders at a Time, and Other Bullets

The Cubs also gave rings to Ernie Banks and Ron Santo.