Analysis and Commentary


Best Rotation in Baseball? One Ranking Puts the Cubs Up Top

Best Rotation in Baseball? One Ranking Puts the Cubs Up Top

The Cubs durability and consistency thrusts them into the top spot overall.

by January 12, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
Top Left Fielders List a Bit Thin, But There’s a Familiar Face

Top Left Fielders List a Bit Thin, But There’s a Familiar Face

Even after missing most of 2016, Kyle Schwarber is right up there on the list of the top left fielders in baseball.

by January 12, 2017 Analysis and Commentary

Joe Maddon Offers His Very Early Batting Order, With Kyle Schwarber on Top

Joe Maddon Offers His Very Early Batting Order, With Kyle Schwarber on Top

It’s everybody’s favorite offseason game! And Joe Maddon throws his hat in the ring.

The Bullpen Questions Going Forward Are More Interesting Than Looking Back and Other Bullets

The Bullpen Questions Going Forward Are More Interesting Than Looking Back and Other Bullets

Wade Davis is closing, but how will the other roles at the back end of the bullpen be sorted out? And for how long?

The Cubs Have the Top Third Baseman in Baseball, Natch

The Cubs Have the Top Third Baseman in Baseball, Natch

If you’re the second best player in baseball behind only Mike Trout, you have to be the best third baseman, right?

by January 11, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
Addison Russell is a Top 10 Shortstop and Still Has Room For Improvement

Addison Russell is a Top 10 Shortstop and Still Has Room For Improvement

Even at a loaded position, it’s not hard to argue that Russell stands out among big league shortstops.

The Cubs Won’t Show Up in Center Field Rankings, But That Might Be OK and Other Bullets

The Cubs Won’t Show Up in Center Field Rankings, But That Might Be OK and Other Bullets

The Cubs will be creatively covering center field this year, which doesn’t make for rankings material. Also: Brewers ZiPS are out, Wrigley reno visuals, more.


Addison Russell is Not Quite Yet 23, and Is In Elite Company

Addison Russell is Not Quite Yet 23, and Is In Elite Company

Very few big league shortstops have done what Russell’s done through age 22.

by January 9, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
The Arbitration Process is Coming – Just How Much Will Jake Arrieta Make in 2017?

The Arbitration Process is Coming – Just How Much Will Jake Arrieta Make in 2017?

In his final year before free agency, Jake Arrieta is going to get a huge raise.

The Cubs Have Two of the Best Second Basemen in Baseball … Kinda

The Cubs Have Two of the Best Second Basemen in Baseball … Kinda

Ben Zobrist makes the top ten list, and Javy Baez – well, he’s in a category of his own.

by January 9, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
Can the Cardinals Even Compete with the Cubs? Signings, Green Day, Rookies, and Other Bullets

Can the Cardinals Even Compete with the Cubs? Signings, Green Day, Rookies, and Other Bullets

Some think the Cardinals did too little this offseason to close the NL Central gap with the Cubs.


Who Will Catch Jon Lester Now That David Ross Has Retired? And Other Bullets

Who Will Catch Jon Lester Now That David Ross Has Retired? And Other Bullets

David Ross has retired, which leaves open a very important job: catching Jon Lester.

Another Trade, Considering Outfield Shifts, Cardinals Rotation, and Other Bullets

Another Trade, Considering Outfield Shifts, Cardinals Rotation, and Other Bullets

The Mariners got Jarrod Dyson. The Cubs could maneuver their outfield. The Cardinals have rotation questions.

Anthony Rizzo is Clearly One of the Top Five First Basemen in Baseball

Anthony Rizzo is Clearly One of the Top Five First Basemen in Baseball

Sometimes, a guy just deserves a love fest.

by January 6, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
Cubs Already Thinking of a Six-Man Rotation for Parts of 2017? Adding Ross or Wood?

Cubs Already Thinking of a Six-Man Rotation for Parts of 2017? Adding Ross or Wood?

A well-rested front of the rotation can provide many benefits down the stretch.