Analysis and Commentary

The Damaging Qualifying Offer and Dexter Fowler and Other Bullets

The Damaging Qualifying Offer and Dexter Fowler and Other Bullets

Fixing the problem for players like Fowler could come soon. Also: Russell’s rates poorly in one defensive metric, Cubs marriages, skiing at Wrigley, more.

Building a Great Roster is Step One, But Being Flexible In-Season is a Critical Step Two

Building a Great Roster is Step One, But Being Flexible In-Season is a Critical Step Two

To that end, the Cubs have set themselves up very well for success this year in more ways than one.

Dreaming on Neil Ramirez Despite a Crowded Cubs Bullpen

Dreaming on Neil Ramirez Despite a Crowded Cubs Bullpen

Ramirez was a big part of the 2014 bullpen, but was injured for most of 2015. If he can’t return to form in time, might he be the toughest roster decision in Spring Training?

by January 31, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
“The Team Up North” – Cardinals Fans May Sense a Changing Tide

“The Team Up North” – Cardinals Fans May Sense a Changing Tide

It’s fun to back a team-who-must-not-be-named.

by January 30, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Vegas Really Likes Cubs Sluggers Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo & Kyle Schwarber

Vegas Really Likes Cubs Sluggers Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo & Kyle Schwarber

Online sportsbooks think Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber could lead MLB in home runs.

by January 30, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
What if David Price Had Taken the Cubs’ Low Offer? And Other Bullets

What if David Price Had Taken the Cubs’ Low Offer? And Other Bullets

I’m thrilled with the Cubs’ offseason, but what if it had gone very differently? What would have been next?

Ask Away: Heyward Qualifying Offer, Rookie Regression, Full Bullpen, Weird Food

Ask Away: Heyward Qualifying Offer, Rookie Regression, Full Bullpen, Weird Food

The first installment of your questions for Michael, including his take on the age old hot dog debate.

by January 29, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Kyle Schwarber, Leadoff Hitter? There Is No Obvious Lineup For This Cubs Team

Kyle Schwarber, Leadoff Hitter? There Is No Obvious Lineup For This Cubs Team

There’s a range of things you *could* do with this lineup, and it might not make much of a difference.

by January 29, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Chris Coghlan Schooled Himself and Flat-Out Got Better and Other Bullets

Chris Coghlan Schooled Himself and Flat-Out Got Better and Other Bullets

A super impressive interview with a guy who used statistics to help improve his game dramatically. Also: Matt Szczur’s a great guy, a terrible article, no Cubs outfield prospects, more.

Wow – Believe It or Not, Jon Lester Actually Hits the Ball Really Hard (VIDEO)

Wow – Believe It or Not, Jon Lester Actually Hits the Ball Really Hard (VIDEO)

He was the second hardest hitting pitcher in the game last year by exit velocity. It’s just that, well, there are other issues.

by January 28, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Jason Hammel Worked to Be Ready to Take Off Again in 2016

Jason Hammel Worked to Be Ready to Take Off Again in 2016

Jason Hammel has shown signs of wearing down in the second half of the season, but has been building up his endurance this winter.

Anthony Rizzo Ranked Fourth Best First Baseman for 2016 Season

Anthony Rizzo Ranked Fourth Best First Baseman for 2016 Season

Is that a fair spot for the Cubs’ star first baseman? Is there anyone you’d take over Rizzo?

by January 27, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Ben Zobrist’s Role and Relationship with His Manager and Other Bullets

Ben Zobrist’s Role and Relationship with His Manager and Other Bullets

How much will Zobrist be used outside of second base? How important is his relationship with Joe Maddon to the rest of the team?