Analysis and Commentary


Digging Into the Cubs PECOTA Projections: The Pitchers

Digging Into the Cubs PECOTA Projections: The Pitchers

Love for Lester and Arrieta, but less confidence in Hendricks.

REPORT: MLB Considering Terrible New Extra-Innings Rule, Runner Starts on Second Base

REPORT: MLB Considering Terrible New Extra-Innings Rule, Runner Starts on Second Base

Just what ever fan wants to see: guaranteed sac bunts in extra innings.


Digging Into the Cubs PECOTA Projections: The Position Players

Digging Into the Cubs PECOTA Projections: The Position Players

What if I told you Jason Heyward projected to be the Cubs’ third most valuable position player in 2017?

Cutting Down to Seven-Inning Games is Way Too Radical for Me and Other Bullets

Cutting Down to Seven-Inning Games is Way Too Radical for Me and Other Bullets

I’m all about progress in the game, but that’s too far even for me. Also: Albert Almora as a possible surprise player this year.

Surprise: Cubs Aren’t Top Team in Just-Released Projections, Cardinals 10 Games Below .500

Surprise: Cubs Aren’t Top Team in Just-Released Projections, Cardinals 10 Games Below .500

Your first look at the PECOTA projected standings paint a grim picture in the NL Central. Well, except for the Cubs.

Jason McLeod Offers Thoughts on New Cub Eddie Butler, Who Could Be a Reclamation Breakout

Jason McLeod Offers Thoughts on New Cub Eddie Butler, Who Could Be a Reclamation Breakout

McLeod is not calling Butler the next Jake Arrieta, but there sure are a lot of situational similarities.

Getting to Know New Lefty Brett Anderson, Who Could Be At His Best With a Team Like the Cubs

Getting to Know New Lefty Brett Anderson, Who Could Be At His Best With a Team Like the Cubs

If he’s healthy, Anderson is a perfect fit for this particular Cubs team. Of course, health is the big question.

by February 7, 2017 Analysis and Commentary

Michael Jordan’s Baseball Career is the Most Impressive Thing He Ever Did

Michael Jordan’s Baseball Career is the Most Impressive Thing He Ever Did

31 years old. A professional life dedicated to basketball. Jordan picked up a bat, and competed.

by February 7, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
Pairing Jon Lester With the Right Catcher and Other Bullets

Pairing Jon Lester With the Right Catcher and Other Bullets

Running game concerns are often overstated, but it’s something to consider, with David Ross retiring.

Another Indication that Jason Heyward Was Really Unlucky in 2016 (In Addition to Being Bad)

Another Indication that Jason Heyward Was Really Unlucky in 2016 (In Addition to Being Bad)

Yes, Jason Heyward struggled in 2016, but perhaps not as badly as he should have.

by February 6, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
Replacing Dexter Fowler in Center Field and Other Bullets

Replacing Dexter Fowler in Center Field and Other Bullets

How close can Albert Almora and Jon Jay realistically get in a combination?


Smith Departs the Cubs, the Patriots as Cardinals, and Other Bullets

Smith Departs the Cubs, the Patriots as Cardinals, and Other Bullets

The Super Bowl is here, and everyone seems to be rooting against the Cardinals – er, I mean Patriots. Also, Joe Smith signs elsewhere.

Anderson, Heyward, Hoyer, Rizzo, The Hole, Illinois Laws, and Other Bullets

Anderson, Heyward, Hoyer, Rizzo, The Hole, Illinois Laws, and Other Bullets

It could take some time for Jason Heyward’s swing to really take hold. Also: the hole at Wrigley is gone, a potentially problematic law in Illinois, and much more.

Ranking the Divisions: Is the NL Central the Class of MLB?

Ranking the Divisions: Is the NL Central the Class of MLB?

Is the most compelling race going to come down to the Cubs, Cardinals, and Pirates? Or will the AL East be the must-watch division to most pundits (again)?

by February 3, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
The Lack of Activity This Offseason May Have Been About More Than a Weak Free Agent Class

The Lack of Activity This Offseason May Have Been About More Than a Weak Free Agent Class

The new CBA appears to be causing problems for marginal free agents especially.