Analysis and Commentary


What You Show in Spring Training, the Javy Tag, the Hendricks Trade, and Other Bullets

What You Show in Spring Training, the Javy Tag, the Hendricks Trade, and Other Bullets

Interesting to think about what pitchers could be hiding in Spring Training.

Another Young Position Player Extension: Rays and Kevin Kiermaier Agree to Six-Year Deal

Another Young Position Player Extension: Rays and Kevin Kiermaier Agree to Six-Year Deal

Any Cubs-relevant comps here?


Early Look at This Year’s Excellent Free Agent Class – Jake Arrieta May Net the Biggest Contract

Early Look at This Year’s Excellent Free Agent Class – Jake Arrieta May Net the Biggest Contract

In the earliest set of free agent power rankings, the Cubs’ righty is up there on top.

by March 14, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
Fun With Spring Training Statistics: Happ Crushing, Hendricks Cruising, More

Fun With Spring Training Statistics: Happ Crushing, Hendricks Cruising, More

Come check in on some of the hottest starts of the Spring.

by March 14, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
The Jake Arrieta Command Questions and the Second Half of 2016

The Jake Arrieta Command Questions and the Second Half of 2016

It’s been easy to forget that it was a rough second half for Arrieta, who looks to rebound in 2017.

by March 13, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
The Cubs’ Questionable Lefty Situation, the WBC Celebrations, and Other Bullets

The Cubs’ Questionable Lefty Situation, the WBC Celebrations, and Other Bullets

Injuries and potential ineffectiveness have left the Cubs with one big question spot. Also: big-time bat flips … how do you feel?

Fifth Starter Spot Still Sorting Itself Out, But It Kinda Doesn’t Matter

Fifth Starter Spot Still Sorting Itself Out, But It Kinda Doesn’t Matter

It might be Mike Montgomery, it might be Brett Anderson. But it’s mostly likely to be “both”. Or, you know, totally disrupted by injuries.


Contreras’s Passion, Hendricks’ Readiness, Service Time Games, and Other Bullets

Contreras’s Passion, Hendricks’ Readiness, Service Time Games, and Other Bullets

Willson Contreras just wants to play ball.

Cubs Project to Have One of the Easier Paths to the Playoffs

Cubs Project to Have One of the Easier Paths to the Playoffs

Compared to the average team, it’s like the Cubs get an extra two wins for free. NEAT!

WATCH: Anthony Rizzo Rounds the Bases on a Deep Shot to Right-Center

WATCH: Anthony Rizzo Rounds the Bases on a Deep Shot to Right-Center

Anthony Rizzo cracks his first homer of the Spring.

by March 9, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
Revisiting the 2012 Draft, the First of the Cubs’ Current Front Office

Revisiting the 2012 Draft, the First of the Cubs’ Current Front Office

Remember how the Cubs took Almora early and then loaded up on pitching? How has it worked out?

The Cubs Front Office Really Knocked It Out of the Park with the Jon Lester Signing

The Cubs Front Office Really Knocked It Out of the Park with the Jon Lester Signing

Not only did the deal provide obvious value in its first two years, it’s looking really good going forward.

by March 8, 2017 Analysis and Commentary

Lackey’s Perfect Attitude, Edwards’ Future, Bat Flip (Un)Fun, and Other Bullets

Lackey’s Perfect Attitude, Edwards’ Future, Bat Flip (Un)Fun, and Other Bullets

John Lackey knows what’s up in Spring Training. Also, when are bat flips acceptable?

Jon Lester and Willson Contreras Already Getting Off to a Good Start Together

Jon Lester and Willson Contreras Already Getting Off to a Good Start Together

Lester will be working without David Ross for the first time in a long time, but doesn’t anticipate any issues.

Working Out Contracts for Bryant and Russell, Cubs Against the WBC, and Other Bullets

Working Out Contracts for Bryant and Russell, Cubs Against the WBC, and Other Bullets

Working out deals for pre-arbitration players is a bit of a different animal, but in recent years, the Cubs have done it right.