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A Look at the Cubs’ Remaining Schedule, and the Challenges Ahead

A Look at the Cubs’ Remaining Schedule, and the Challenges Ahead

The Cubs have 46 meaningful games remaining on their schedule, and challenges will come from everywhere.

by August 17, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Cardinals Are Once Again Historically Fortunate

Cardinals Are Once Again Historically Fortunate

Call it Cluster Luck or black magic, but whatever it is, the Cardinals are getting historically lucky — again.

by August 16, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Crosstown Cup Starters Jeff Samardzija, Kyle Hendricks Heading In Opposite Directions

Crosstown Cup Starters Jeff Samardzija, Kyle Hendricks Heading In Opposite Directions

Jeff Samardzija and Kyle Hendricks couldn’t be more different as they entered Friday’s match-up.

by August 14, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
The Strike Zone Continues to Get Larger and Lower

The Strike Zone Continues to Get Larger and Lower

Even after becoming a major talking point last year, nothing has changed.

Cubs Have Fourth Best Record in Baseball, 80ish Percent Playoff Odds

Cubs Have Fourth Best Record in Baseball, 80ish Percent Playoff Odds

Things are still looking good for the Cubs, who are one of the better teams in baseball this year.

by August 11, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Managers Say Kris Bryant is a Great Defensive Third Baseman – Do the Numbers Agree?

Managers Say Kris Bryant is a Great Defensive Third Baseman – Do the Numbers Agree?

One of the best defensive third basemen in the NL? That’s what the managers believe Bryant is.

by August 11, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Anecdotally Re-Visiting Pitchers Batting Eighth – Is It Working?

Anecdotally Re-Visiting Pitchers Batting Eighth – Is It Working?

Addison Russell’s post-All-Star break surge has us re-visiting his role in the ninth spot and pitchers batting eighth.

by August 9, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
How Chris Coghlan Can Become Joe Maddon’s New Ben Zobrist

How Chris Coghlan Can Become Joe Maddon’s New Ben Zobrist

It turns out that Chris Coghlan’s bat plays well enough at several positions to the point where he resembles Ben Zobrist if you squint.

by August 8, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Time for a Holy Crap Statistic on Kyle Schwarber and Other Bullets

Time for a Holy Crap Statistic on Kyle Schwarber and Other Bullets

You knew Schwarber had been good, but did you know how important he’s been already?

The Travis Wood Relief Experience May Be Better Than You Realize

The Travis Wood Relief Experience May Be Better Than You Realize

Wednesday’s performance aside, Travis Wood has transformed into a serviceable reliever.

by August 7, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
BT at BP: Miguel Montero’s Bat and the Three-Catcher Rotation (Also: Grand Slam VIDEO)

BT at BP: Miguel Montero’s Bat and the Three-Catcher Rotation (Also: Grand Slam VIDEO)

Will Montero see a resurgence in his offense now that Kyle Schwarber is up with the big league team?

by August 7, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Joe Maddon is Already in the Playoffs and Other Bullets

Joe Maddon is Already in the Playoffs and Other Bullets

There was an urgency to the way Joe Maddon managed last night, and it worked out.

Roster and Rotation Planning: Giants Series, Montero Returning

Roster and Rotation Planning: Giants Series, Montero Returning

The Cubs have another catcher coming back soon, and have moved the rotation around a bit. Joe Maddon will have lots of options.

Can the Cubs Still Take the NL Central Crown? And Other Bullets

Can the Cubs Still Take the NL Central Crown? And Other Bullets

Technically yes. And it’s not *that* crazy.

Is a 154-Game Schedule a Big CBA Bargaining Point?

Is a 154-Game Schedule a Big CBA Bargaining Point?

Reverting to a 154-game schedule could open MLB up to a slew of important questions deserving of good answers.

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer Speak: Deadline Moves, Prospect Value, Financial Ability, More

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer Speak: Deadline Moves, Prospect Value, Financial Ability, More

Why didn’t the Cubs make any huge moves? Did they have the money if they’d wanted to? Did they have the prospects?

Teams Can Still Make Trades in August – The Waiver System, Types of Targets, Etc.

Teams Can Still Make Trades in August – The Waiver System, Types of Targets, Etc.

July marked the end of the period where players can freely be traded – but that’s not necessarily the end of all trading.

The Big Week Ahead, With Seven Games Against the Pirates and Giants

The Big Week Ahead, With Seven Games Against the Pirates and Giants

The Wild Card race comes into heavy focus this week for all three teams. I hope you’re prepared.

by August 3, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Did Jason Motte’s Fastball Open the Door For Hector Rondon’s Return to Closer?

Did Jason Motte’s Fastball Open the Door For Hector Rondon’s Return to Closer?

Jason Motte has struggled with his fastball and it might let Hector Rondon take back his closer’s role.

by August 1, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Checking in on the Cubs’ Bullpen, and the Latest on Neil Ramirez

Checking in on the Cubs’ Bullpen, and the Latest on Neil Ramirez

Neil Ramirez might not be OK right now. The bullpen, as a whole, has some issues.

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