Analysis and Commentary


All the Fun to Be Had When the Cubs Reach 80 Wins This Early and Other Bullets

All the Fun to Be Had When the Cubs Reach 80 Wins This Early and Other Bullets

The Cubs are on pace for 104 wins, which would be the most in baseball in over a decade.

When Three Homers Can Mean Much More: Russell, Heyward, Bryant

When Three Homers Can Mean Much More: Russell, Heyward, Bryant

The Cubs had a homer party last night, and there was quite a bit to draw from each homer.


Addison Russell’s Offensive Evolution Continues on the Road

Addison Russell’s Offensive Evolution Continues on the Road

Addison Russell’s offense continues to improve as he tries to find consistency away from Wrigley Field.

by August 23, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Edwin Jackson, in the Final Year of His Cubs Contract, Faces the Cubs Tonight

Edwin Jackson, in the Final Year of His Cubs Contract, Faces the Cubs Tonight

That deal was one of the few mistakes of the Epstein era front office, and also marked a long lesson for me.

by August 22, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Kris Bryant is an All-Around Stud, Though I Suppose There’s One Thing to Point Out

Kris Bryant is an All-Around Stud, Though I Suppose There’s One Thing to Point Out

Kris Bryant can make a case to be the best player in the National League, despite struggling in one particular aspect of his game.

by August 21, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
We Should Talk About the Cubs Bullpen Again: Rondon, Chapman, Wood, Rookies, More

We Should Talk About the Cubs Bullpen Again: Rondon, Chapman, Wood, Rookies, More

It’s perfectly plausible everything could be fine come late September. But right now, there sure are a lot of questions.

Jason Heyward Will Sit This Whole Weekend and Other Bullets

Jason Heyward Will Sit This Whole Weekend and Other Bullets

A long reset for the Cubs’ right fielder. Also: La Stella will be welcomed back, the ERA leader is coming, and more.


Fun With Kris Bryant’s Big Day

Fun With Kris Bryant’s Big Day

Kris Bryant did some things yesterday that almost no one has ever done.

Jake Arrieta Had a Rough Day, But How Was the Debut Pairing with Willson Contreras?

Jake Arrieta Had a Rough Day, But How Was the Debut Pairing with Willson Contreras?

Can this duo work together down the stretch and on into the playoffs?

Jason Hammel’s Dominant Outing, Increasingly Dominant Season

Jason Hammel’s Dominant Outing, Increasingly Dominant Season

Second half Hammel is GOOD Hammel.

by August 17, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Javy Baez Crushes a Monster Blast, Has Heated Back Up, Is Awesome

Javy Baez Crushes a Monster Blast, Has Heated Back Up, Is Awesome

Get off me, ball.


Jason Heyward’s Walk Rate and Pitches Per Plate Appearance Are Falling, Too

Jason Heyward’s Walk Rate and Pitches Per Plate Appearance Are Falling, Too

In a season where Jason Heyward’s batting average wasn’t high in the first place, his on-base percentage has started to take an independent hit.

by August 17, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Roster Move Due Today, as the Cubs Have 26 Players on a 25-Man Roster

Roster Move Due Today, as the Cubs Have 26 Players on a 25-Man Roster

Trevor Cahill came up yesterday as the 26th man and was great. Now the Cubs have to make a move.