Analysis and Commentary

More on the Beautiful Cubs Rings, Using Four Outfielders at a Time, and Other Bullets

More on the Beautiful Cubs Rings, Using Four Outfielders at a Time, and Other Bullets

The Cubs also gave rings to Ernie Banks and Ron Santo.

Jake Arrieta Had Another Fantastic Start, Which Needn’t Be Obscured by Velocity Talk

Jake Arrieta Had Another Fantastic Start, Which Needn’t Be Obscured by Velocity Talk

But, well, we still have to talk about Arrieta’s velocity.


Jason Heyward Ripped the Ball Yesterday Like Almost No Other Player Did All Last Season

Jason Heyward Ripped the Ball Yesterday Like Almost No Other Player Did All Last Season

Heyward was five for five in well-struck balls yesterday, something that almost never happens for *any* player.

Kris Bryant’s Defense Looking Solid, Another Great Play Last Night (VIDEO)

Kris Bryant’s Defense Looking Solid, Another Great Play Last Night (VIDEO)

The reigning MVP played all over the field last year, but he’s looking great locked in at third base this year.

Sometimes the BABIP Gods Favor the Cubs and Other Bullets

Sometimes the BABIP Gods Favor the Cubs and Other Bullets

The Cubs got plenty of good bounces last night en route to 17 hits. No complaining for a day! Also: Hendricks’ outing, Bryant’s slump, much more.

Sticking With Montgomery, Contreras’s Receiving Skills, Anderson’s Debut, and Other Bullets

Sticking With Montgomery, Contreras’s Receiving Skills, Anderson’s Debut, and Other Bullets

Why did Maddon stick with Montgomery so long? How has Contreras looked behind the plate? Much more.


Fun with Kyle Schwarber’s Big Homer: First in a Long Time, Hardest Off a Lefty, More

Fun with Kyle Schwarber’s Big Homer: First in a Long Time, Hardest Off a Lefty, More

Schwarber’s first homer of the season comes off a lefty … and that could hint at good things for the Cubs.

Cubs Pitching Made Yesterday’s Comeback Possible – Lackey, Rondon, Edwards, Davis

Cubs Pitching Made Yesterday’s Comeback Possible – Lackey, Rondon, Edwards, Davis

Great performances on the mound yesterday gave the Cubs’ offense a chance to do their thing. Also: Hector Rondon pitched a high-leverage inning!

Let’s Talk About that Yadi Molina Sticky Situation and Other Bullets

Let’s Talk About that Yadi Molina Sticky Situation and Other Bullets

So, what exactly happened there with Molina yesterday? Was it illegal? Should we even care?

So, Let’s Talk About Those Jake Arrieta Velocity Readings

So, Let’s Talk About Those Jake Arrieta Velocity Readings

If you’ve seen the numbers for Arrieta’s first start, they were really ugly. But are we worried yet?

by April 6, 2017 Analysis and Commentary

There is No Modern Face of Baseball? Well, How About Kris Bryant?

There is No Modern Face of Baseball? Well, How About Kris Bryant?

For a sport searching for a national identity, perhaps a guy like Kris Bryant can help carry the torch.

by April 6, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
Fun with Albert Almora Jr.’s Catch: Usually a HR, Adams Robbed Before, Gift for Mom

Fun with Albert Almora Jr.’s Catch: Usually a HR, Adams Robbed Before, Gift for Mom

No game today? That’s fine. Because there’s still a ton to enjoy about Almora’s highlight reel catch from last night!

Jake Arrieta’s First Start Went Extremely Well

Jake Arrieta’s First Start Went Extremely Well

That was just all kinds of wonderful to see after an offseason of questions. Let’s break it down.

by April 5, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
There Exists a Simulation Where the 2017 Cubs Win Just 65 Games (2 in 5000, Actually!)

There Exists a Simulation Where the 2017 Cubs Win Just 65 Games (2 in 5000, Actually!)

It’s theoretically possible that the Cubs could be terrible. But my heavens is it unlikely.

by April 4, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
Mike Montgomery’s Evolution and Potential as a Cubs Reliever

Mike Montgomery’s Evolution and Potential as a Cubs Reliever

Mike Montgomery might not be starting now, but he brings tremendous value and breakout potential no matter where the Cubs decide to use him.

by April 4, 2017 Analysis and Commentary