Analysis and Commentary


More on the Big Trade: Getting Pitchers on the Rise, Future Plans, Losing Vogelbach

More on the Big Trade: Getting Pitchers on the Rise, Future Plans, Losing Vogelbach

The Cubs made a move for a talented, hard-throwing lefty; here’s everything you need to know about the deal.

Theo Epstein Says Cubs Will Continue Working on Trades, “Prospect Inventory” Still Strong

Theo Epstein Says Cubs Will Continue Working on Trades, “Prospect Inventory” Still Strong

“We have not touched the prospects we potentially are going to move in some bigger deals in the future.”


Jake Arrieta Was Throwing Strikes Early and Often

Jake Arrieta Was Throwing Strikes Early and Often

Jake Arrieta threw first pitch strikes nearly 75% of the time yesterday.

by July 20, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Just How Bad Have the Cubs Been with Runners in Scoring Position This Year?

Just How Bad Have the Cubs Been with Runners in Scoring Position This Year?

The results have been pretty bad – maybe as bad as your gut was telling you. But how? And why? And what does it mean?

by July 20, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
The Cubs’ Looming Roster Questions Are Throwing Me for a Bit of a Loop

The Cubs’ Looming Roster Questions Are Throwing Me for a Bit of a Loop

Returning outfielders, coming relievers, succeeding youngsters, and a Trade Deadline. This is gonna get complicated.

by July 19, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Wake Up and Enjoy the Fruits of a Wonderful 10-Pitch Anthony Rizzo At Bat

Wake Up and Enjoy the Fruits of a Wonderful 10-Pitch Anthony Rizzo At Bat

Make a guy work, and eventually he might make a really big mistake.

Rapid Turnover Coming in the Cubs Bullpen and Other Bullets

Rapid Turnover Coming in the Cubs Bullpen and Other Bullets

Several arms on the way in short order, and then, you know, a Trade Deadline.


Kyle Hendricks Opens the Second Half for the Cubs, Has Been Awesome

Kyle Hendricks Opens the Second Half for the Cubs, Has Been Awesome

The Cubs’ “fifth starter” has been one of the very best pitchers in all of baseball.

Anthony Rizzo is Stupid Hot and Other Things My Editor Made Me Say

Anthony Rizzo is Stupid Hot and Other Things My Editor Made Me Say

Anthony Rizzo ended the first half with a bang.

A Must-Read on League-Wide Plate Discipline Changes, and Implications for Jake Arrieta

A Must-Read on League-Wide Plate Discipline Changes, and Implications for Jake Arrieta

Pitchers who make a living outside the strike zone could be in for some serious trouble.

by July 14, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
How the Cubs Have Been Handling High-Leverage Spots So Far This Season

How the Cubs Have Been Handling High-Leverage Spots So Far This Season

The Cubs have had mixed results from their three best relievers in high-leverage situations.

by July 14, 2016 Analysis and Commentary

What Comes Next for the Cubs and Cubs Fans and Other Bullets

What Comes Next for the Cubs and Cubs Fans and Other Bullets

The break is at a close today. Where do the Cubs go from here? And where do YOU go from here?

Chicago Cubs Top Future Power Rankings – They Are Good Now, Will Continue to Be Good

Chicago Cubs Top Future Power Rankings – They Are Good Now, Will Continue to Be Good

The present looks nice. And the future looks really nice, too. That’s nice.

by July 13, 2016 Analysis and Commentary