Analysis and Commentary


Willson Contreras: Multi-Position Rookie Star, Future Stud Catcher

Willson Contreras: Multi-Position Rookie Star, Future Stud Catcher

Which player was the best hitting catcher in baseball last year and also played the most innings at a position besides catcher? Willson Contreras.

by November 25, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Bullpen Changes, Pitch Framing Changes, Big Deal Changes, and Other Bullets

Bullpen Changes, Pitch Framing Changes, Big Deal Changes, and Other Bullets

Black Friday is here, and I reckon you’re doing some consuming! Here’s some thoughts on that, and also some Cubs/baseball stuff to read.


Twins Reportedly Sign Catcher Jason Castro to Three-Year, $24.5 Million Deal

Twins Reportedly Sign Catcher Jason Castro to Three-Year, $24.5 Million Deal

It’s a healthy deal for a defensive catcher, and a reminder about the market (and Miguel Montero’s value).

Cubs Not Necessarily Handing Full-Time Outfield Job to Albert Almora Jr.

Cubs Not Necessarily Handing Full-Time Outfield Job to Albert Almora Jr.

Albert Almora Jr. may have a bright future yet, but that doesn’t mean he’ll definitely be the team’s starting center fielder right out of the gate.

Taking Stock of Potential Cubs Free Agent Targets: Mark Melancon

Taking Stock of Potential Cubs Free Agent Targets: Mark Melancon

One of the most successful relievers for several years running, is Melancon worth a bet on his weak contact ability?

by November 22, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Intriguing Former Closers and Other Buy-Low, High-Leverage Types on the Market

Intriguing Former Closers and Other Buy-Low, High-Leverage Types on the Market

Contrary to popular belief, Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen, and Mark Melancon aren’t the only relievers in the free agent market.

by November 18, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
The Cubs’ 10 Most Valuable Players and Other Bullets

The Cubs’ 10 Most Valuable Players and Other Bullets

Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell, and Kyle Hendricks also received votes in the NL MVP race.


Deadline Looming: The Cubs Will Need to Roster Some Prospects By Tomorrow

Deadline Looming: The Cubs Will Need to Roster Some Prospects By Tomorrow

Some of the youngsters you’ve heard about for years could soon be on the Cubs’ 40-man roster.

Carl Edwards Jr.’s Bullpen Breakout and Elite Spin Rate

Carl Edwards Jr.’s Bullpen Breakout and Elite Spin Rate

Good luck squaring up a Carl Edwards Jr. fastball.

by November 17, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Taking Stock of Potential Cubs Free Agent Targets: Kenley Jansen

Taking Stock of Potential Cubs Free Agent Targets: Kenley Jansen

Jansen is the top right-handed reliever on the market, and the Cubs have obvious needs in their bullpen. Clear fit, right? Well …

Maddon: Mike Montgomery Has “Foot in the Door” For Cubs Rotation

Maddon: Mike Montgomery Has “Foot in the Door” For Cubs Rotation

In-house, he does seem to be the guy. And there’s obvious upside. But is there risk, too?


Gleyber Torres is Rocking, But the Trade Was Still a Good One and Other Bullets

Gleyber Torres is Rocking, But the Trade Was Still a Good One and Other Bullets

We will never know what would or would not have been possible for the Cubs without Aroldis Chapman.

Cy Young Winner Announced Tonight: Can Hendricks or Lester Beat Scherzer?

Cy Young Winner Announced Tonight: Can Hendricks or Lester Beat Scherzer?

You can make the argument for any of them.