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MLB’s Young, Home-Grown Players Took Center Stage In All-Star Game

MLB’s Young, Home-Grown Players Took Center Stage In All-Star Game

More than half of the selected All-Stars were representing the teams that originally signed or drafted them.

Jake Arrieta Had a Dominant First Half

Jake Arrieta Had a Dominant First Half

Big surprise, right? You thought he was good, and he was very good.

by July 15, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
BT at BP: Long Time Since Cubs Fans Had a Rooting Interest in the Home Run Derby

BT at BP: Long Time Since Cubs Fans Had a Rooting Interest in the Home Run Derby

It’s been over 10 years since Sammy Sosa last participated. That 2004 Derby might’ve presaged what was to come.

by July 13, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Anthony Rizzo or Kris Bryant? Who Should Bruce Bochy Choose as DH in the All-Star Game?

Anthony Rizzo or Kris Bryant? Who Should Bruce Bochy Choose as DH in the All-Star Game?

Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant each make great cases to be the NL’s DH in the MLB All-Star Game.

by July 13, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Cubs Creating Their Own Bad Luck On Offense Heading Into The All-Star Break

Cubs Creating Their Own Bad Luck On Offense Heading Into The All-Star Break

The Cubs are creating scoring chances, but are not taking advantage of them.

by July 12, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
ESPN Poll Says Baseball Players Love Cubs Manager Joe Maddon

ESPN Poll Says Baseball Players Love Cubs Manager Joe Maddon

The numbers don’t lie: Joe Maddon is one of the most beloved managers in baseball today.

Anthony Rizzo Leads Lefty-Mashing Cubs Against White Sox Southpaws

Anthony Rizzo Leads Lefty-Mashing Cubs Against White Sox Southpaws

The Cubs have hit lefties pretty well despite facing them sparingly in 2015.

by July 10, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Upgrading the Offense is Tricky – Latest Rumor Has the Cubs Looking for an Outfield Bat

Upgrading the Offense is Tricky – Latest Rumor Has the Cubs Looking for an Outfield Bat

It’s not quite as simple as saying, “Get a big bat and put him somewhere.” The Cubs could stand to add a quality outfield bat, though.

Kyle Hendricks Improving With Increased Strikeout Rate, Dynamic Change-up

Kyle Hendricks Improving With Increased Strikeout Rate, Dynamic Change-up

Kyle Hendricks has seen his strikeout rates jump thanks in part to a dynamic change-up.

by July 5, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Happy Anniversary! The Addison Russell Trade Happened On This Date in 2014

Happy Anniversary! The Addison Russell Trade Happened On This Date in 2014

Looking back at a year ago today, when the Cubs & Athletics finalized the Addison Russell deal.

by July 4, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Cubs Suddenly Have a New Starting Pitcher in Clayton Richard, and Rotation Questions Loom

Cubs Suddenly Have a New Starting Pitcher in Clayton Richard, and Rotation Questions Loom

We’ll see if Richard can give the Cubs a quality spot start today. From there, it’s unclear where the rotation goes. There are reasons for concern.

by July 4, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
The Chicago Cubs in June: How Did Performance Stack Up Against the First Two Months?

The Chicago Cubs in June: How Did Performance Stack Up Against the First Two Months?

May was probably the Cubs’ worst month, but even that was a .500 affair.

by July 1, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Kyle Hendricks’ Big Fastball and Other Bullets

Kyle Hendricks’ Big Fastball and Other Bullets

Rear back and fire – not something you expect from Hendricks, but he did it last night.

Cubs Reliever Jason Motte Has Been Oddly Effective; Could We See Regression?

Cubs Reliever Jason Motte Has Been Oddly Effective; Could We See Regression?

Jason Motte has been crafty as he has yet to regain the swing-and-miss stuff that made him a relief ace.

by June 30, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
BT at BP: The Realistic Cubs Playoff Focus is Now a Wild Card Spot – And Things Look Good There

BT at BP: The Realistic Cubs Playoff Focus is Now a Wild Card Spot – And Things Look Good There

The weekend sweep offers something of a clarifying effect, and it’s not all bad.

by June 30, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
What Type of Pitching Should the Cubs Now Target? And Will They Be Able to Find It?

What Type of Pitching Should the Cubs Now Target? And Will They Be Able to Find It?

Are rentals off the table? Are longer-term pieces the focus? For my part, I see only one type of arm that should no longer be a target.

2014 Jason Hammel vs. 2015 Jason Hammel

2014 Jason Hammel vs. 2015 Jason Hammel

The big righty was excellent for the Cubs in the first half last year, and has been again this year.

by June 29, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
So the Cubs Got Swept By a Really Good Team and Other Bullets

So the Cubs Got Swept By a Really Good Team and Other Bullets

Be bummed and frustrated for a little while, and then move on.

Addison Russell is a Defensive Wizard at Second Base for Cubs

Addison Russell is a Defensive Wizard at Second Base for Cubs

Addison Russell has turned in an elite performance defensively at second base.

by June 26, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Yet Another Problem with the Current Draft System

Yet Another Problem with the Current Draft System

Providing extreme incentives not to finish school is troubling.

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