Analysis and Commentary


On the Strike Zone, the Playoff Feel, Hammel’s Performance, and Other Bullets

On the Strike Zone, the Playoff Feel, Hammel’s Performance, and Other Bullets

Yes, a couple calls were missed. It happens. Also: Hammel was great again last night, but can he sustain it? Joe Nathan update, and more.

Oh: Cubs Will Reportedly Stretch Brian Matusz Back Out as a Starter

Oh: Cubs Will Reportedly Stretch Brian Matusz Back Out as a Starter

It seemed a fair guess that he was being brought in as a lefty reliever, but maybe that’s not the case.


Pedro Strop’s Tremendous Season, Curb Your Maddon, Facing Taillon, and Other Bullets

Pedro Strop’s Tremendous Season, Curb Your Maddon, Facing Taillon, and Other Bullets

Strop’s been basically perfect. Joe Maddon will soon be a TV star, the Cubs will soon face a top young Pirates pitcher, and much more.

City Announces “Compromise” on Plaza Rules, But Cubs Don’t Agree

City Announces “Compromise” on Plaza Rules, But Cubs Don’t Agree

We aren’t too happy about the planned rules either.

Just Get into the Playoffs Just Get Into the Playoffs Just Get and Other Bullets

Just Get into the Playoffs Just Get Into the Playoffs Just Get and Other Bullets

Reading too much into last night’s game would be a mistake. Also: the Pirates’ struggles, short-season rosters, more.

Jason Heyward’s Bat is Heating Up Significantly, In Case You Hadn’t Noticed

Jason Heyward’s Bat is Heating Up Significantly, In Case You Hadn’t Noticed

Heyward’s been fairly hot for over a month now, and scorching hot for the last two weeks.

by June 13, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
A Home Run Derby for Pitchers? Including Jake Arrieta? It’s Possible

A Home Run Derby for Pitchers? Including Jake Arrieta? It’s Possible

It might not be as crazy as it sounds.


Jon Lester’s Video Game Numbers and Other Bullets

Jon Lester’s Video Game Numbers and Other Bullets

Do you even remember that Lester went just 2.2 innings five starts ago? Nope. He’s been crazy good. Also, the Pirates have been crazy bad.

John Lackey’s Dominant Outing Part of a Trend For Cubs Pitchers

John Lackey’s Dominant Outing Part of a Trend For Cubs Pitchers

The Cubs’ rotation has been baseball’s best by a far cry, and John Lackey has been an integral part of that.

Cubs Have Picked Up Strikes for Pitchers, But Aren’t Getting Love as Hitters

Cubs Have Picked Up Strikes for Pitchers, But Aren’t Getting Love as Hitters

More bad than good so far, but it theoretically should turn around.

by June 9, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Off-Day Must-Read on the Cubs’ Quest for a Championship

Off-Day Must-Read on the Cubs’ Quest for a Championship

Something to get you through the long wait for baseball. Something very good.

by June 9, 2016 Analysis and Commentary

Albert Almora’s Journey, Call-Up, Debut, Role, and Future

Albert Almora’s Journey, Call-Up, Debut, Role, and Future

The 22-year-old outfielder is getting a chance to fulfill his dream. What comes next?

Jon Lester’s Latest Brilliant Outing, and Why He Didn’t Complete the Shutout

Jon Lester’s Latest Brilliant Outing, and Why He Didn’t Complete the Shutout

Lester was so good, but there was a reason he finished up after eight innings.