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The Arrival of Kyle Schwarber and the Competitive 2015 Chicago Cubs

The Arrival of Kyle Schwarber and the Competitive 2015 Chicago Cubs

The next big Chicago Cubs prospect is on his way, perhaps much earlier than folks expected. It says a lot about the Cubs, and about Kyle Schwarber.

Cubs, Red Sox Are Different Sides of the Same Coin

Cubs, Red Sox Are Different Sides of the Same Coin

Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, and Ben Cherington have exploited market inefficiencies in the past to build winners. Are they doing it again?

by June 12, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Questions at the Back of the Cubs’ Rotation and Other Bullets

Questions at the Back of the Cubs’ Rotation and Other Bullets

Another rough outing for Tsuyoshi Wada, and the questions are going to come up. Also, a “hey mom!” TV moment from the game last night.

Cubs Have Several Unconventional Options For Designated Hitter

Cubs Have Several Unconventional Options For Designated Hitter

The Cubs will play 7 of their next 13 games with a DH and have some interesting candidates for the role.

by June 9, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Any Chance Kyle Schwarber Comes Up to Cubs Soon as DH?

Any Chance Kyle Schwarber Comes Up to Cubs Soon as DH?

That question might have seemed crazy a couple months ago, but I think it’s very reasonable right now, all things considered.

Astros Calling Up Top Prospect Carlos Correa – Would You Rather Have Him or Kris Bryant?

Astros Calling Up Top Prospect Carlos Correa – Would You Rather Have Him or Kris Bryant?

You’d think Bryant would win in a landslide if execs were asked that question. But he didn’t.

MLB Draft History: Finding Value in 9th Pick Has Been Difficult

MLB Draft History: Finding Value in 9th Pick Has Been Difficult

After suffering through another losing season, it’s time for Cubs fans to once again find value in the draft.

Anthony Rizzo is Finally Seeing Runners On Base, and He’s Making the Most of It

Anthony Rizzo is Finally Seeing Runners On Base, and He’s Making the Most of It

Anthony Rizzo has seen an increase in opportunities with runners on and is taking advantage.

by June 6, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Chicago Cubs’ Prospect Jen-Ho Tseng Working to Improve Velocity

Chicago Cubs’ Prospect Jen-Ho Tseng Working to Improve Velocity

Cubs pitching prospect Jen-Ho Tseng is trying something new and getting some quality results.

Jake Arrieta Dominates the Nationals, is Among the League’s Spin Leaders

Jake Arrieta Dominates the Nationals, is Among the League’s Spin Leaders

Another way to quantify how special Jake Arrieta’s performance is.

BT at BP: Christian Villanueva Remains a Guy to Watch, Even If You’re Not

BT at BP: Christian Villanueva Remains a Guy to Watch, Even If You’re Not

Overshadowed at every turn, Villanueva is putting together another great season.

Junior Lake Sends One Way Deep, Offers Marlins Bench Advice, Benches Clear (VIDEO)

Junior Lake Sends One Way Deep, Offers Marlins Bench Advice, Benches Clear (VIDEO)

Fortunately, it never got too ugly. Lake was apologetic after the game.

Javier Baez Will Play Third Base Tonight for AAA Iowa

Javier Baez Will Play Third Base Tonight for AAA Iowa

While that doesn’t necessarily mean Baez would come back up to the Cubs as a third baseman, it could provide the team some options.

In Defense of Starlin Castro’s Defense, His Defense Was Really Good Last Night (VIDEO)

In Defense of Starlin Castro’s Defense, His Defense Was Really Good Last Night (VIDEO)

When Castro attacks the ball, he has his most success defensively.

Let’s Talk About Addison Russell Getting Thrown Out and Other Bullets

Let’s Talk About Addison Russell Getting Thrown Out and Other Bullets

I think most would agree that he made a mistake, but I’m curious about how things *should* have played out.

Any Chance Javier Baez is Back in Time for Interleague Action in AL Parks?

Any Chance Javier Baez is Back in Time for Interleague Action in AL Parks?

The Cubs have seven games against AL teams using the DH coming soon, and they could probably stand to have another bat around.

Travis Wood Was Bringing the Heat Last Night – Is It Here to Stay?

Travis Wood Was Bringing the Heat Last Night – Is It Here to Stay?

The TV gun had Wood up to 94mph last night, but PitchFX said he was throwing even harder than that.

by June 2, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
The Cubs May Have the Best Pitch-Framer in Baseball and Other Bullets

The Cubs May Have the Best Pitch-Framer in Baseball and Other Bullets

By one measure, at least, David Ross is the best in the biz this year. Miguel Montero isn’t too far behind, either.

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