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The Best Breaking Pitch in Baseball This Year? It Was Arguably Pedro Strop’s Slider

The Best Breaking Pitch in Baseball This Year? It Was Arguably Pedro Strop’s Slider

Not only that, but, generally speaking, Strop was crazy awesome this year.

by October 15, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Ugly Pitch-Framing for the Chicago Cubs This Year May Have Cost Them Several Wins

Ugly Pitch-Framing for the Chicago Cubs This Year May Have Cost Them Several Wins

However you feel about pitch framing data, it’s all in agreement: the Cubs lost a whole bunch of strikes this year.

by October 13, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
The 2014 Chicago Cubs As a Team: Decent Pitching, Rough Offense, Bad Luck

The 2014 Chicago Cubs As a Team: Decent Pitching, Rough Offense, Bad Luck

78 wins wasn’t that far away, and the Cubs actually could have swung into a winning record with better bounces.

by October 10, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Arismendy Alcantara Started Out Hot – So Why Did He Cool Down So Swiftly?

Arismendy Alcantara Started Out Hot – So Why Did He Cool Down So Swiftly?

Let’s take a look at the numbers and break down what pitchers did, and what went wrong.

by October 8, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, BNTV
Will Cubs Look to Sign Torii Hunter or Jonny Gomes? How Would It Impact the Outfield?

Will Cubs Look to Sign Torii Hunter or Jonny Gomes? How Would It Impact the Outfield?

Each could check the “veteran” box while providing platoon-ish offense. But how does the rest of the outfield shake out?

by October 7, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs Rumors
League-Wide Offense is the Lowest It’s Been in Decades – Time for the DH in the NL?

League-Wide Offense is the Lowest It’s Been in Decades – Time for the DH in the NL?

And/or should there be other changes in the game to increase offensive output? Is reduced offense even a bad thing?

by September 30, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Managing the 40-Man Roster Heading Into the Offseason: Who Stays, Who Goes

Managing the 40-Man Roster Heading Into the Offseason: Who Stays, Who Goes

The Cubs have a busy offseason ahead and a very crowded 40-man roster. Tough decisions await.

by September 29, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Just to Confirm: Anthony Rizzo Was a Freaking Stud This Year

Just to Confirm: Anthony Rizzo Was a Freaking Stud This Year

Rizzo wasn’t just the Cubs’ MVP. He was one of the best players in baseball.

by September 29, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
A Pretty Big Deal: The Cubs Sold More Tickets This Year Than Last Year

A Pretty Big Deal: The Cubs Sold More Tickets This Year Than Last Year

The increase was very small, but the fact that it wasn’t a huge *decrease* is what matters.

by September 25, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs News
Jake Arrieta Capped Off a Stellar Year with Another Stellar Night (VIDEO)

Jake Arrieta Capped Off a Stellar Year with Another Stellar Night (VIDEO)

Arrieta heads into the offseason the unquestioned Cubs ace, and one of the best pitchers in baseball.

by September 25, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs News
The Final Game at Wrigley Field in 2014: Playing for Something

The Final Game at Wrigley Field in 2014: Playing for Something

There is no playoff spot to clinch for the Cubs tonight, but there are some quality storylines at play nevertheless.

by September 24, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Cubs TV Deal Announcement Coming This Week? Long-Term Plans Emerging?

Cubs TV Deal Announcement Coming This Week? Long-Term Plans Emerging?

The options are complicated and enticing, both in the near and long-term. Also, a relevant tangent on streaming rights.

by September 23, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs News
Addison Russell Visits Wrigley – How Soon Until He Arrives in Uniform?

Addison Russell Visits Wrigley – How Soon Until He Arrives in Uniform?

Given his trajectory, a mid-season 2015 arrival in the big leagues is not out of the question. If so, how do things get sorted out?

Fun With Chris Coghlan’s Big Day, and Future with the Cubs

Fun With Chris Coghlan’s Big Day, and Future with the Cubs

Coghlan has been incredible this year, and is under cheap team control for 2015. But what is his actual role?

by September 22, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Yesterday’s Loss Pretty Much Guaranteed Cubs a Protected First Round Pick for 2015

Yesterday’s Loss Pretty Much Guaranteed Cubs a Protected First Round Pick for 2015

Where the Cubs pick in the 2015 draft is of increasingly less consequence – but have the protected pick is nice heading into free agency.

by September 22, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs Rumors
Fun With Jake Arrieta’s Big Night: One of the Best Cubs Pitching Performances in a Long Time

Fun With Jake Arrieta’s Big Night: One of the Best Cubs Pitching Performances in a Long Time

Not only was it one of the best outings of the season – you have to go way back to find comparable starts. Some guy named Wood.

by September 17, 2014 Analysis and Commentary

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