Analysis and Commentary

The 2016 ZiPS Projections for the St. Louis Cardinals Have Landed – Pretty Tepid

The 2016 ZiPS Projections for the St. Louis Cardinals Have Landed – Pretty Tepid

The Cardinals offense doesn’t carry lofty projections and their rotation is banged up. Will that show in 2016, or will they outperform their underlying statistics once again?

Don’t Sleep on Addison Russell for 2016 and Other Bullets

Don’t Sleep on Addison Russell for 2016 and Other Bullets

You weren’t, were you? Nah. Some of the projections seem to be, though.

Designated Hitter in the National League Soon? Probably Not

Designated Hitter in the National League Soon? Probably Not

It’s hard to discern what momentum there really is for bringing the DH over, but it figures to be a focal point over the next year regardless.

Keep the Love Flowing: Cubs Have the Second Best Outfield, Fifth Best Bullpen

Keep the Love Flowing: Cubs Have the Second Best Outfield, Fifth Best Bullpen

I’m starting to think that the Cubs might have a pretty good team.

Jake Arrieta Speaks: Arbitration, Long-Term Extension, Cubs as Favorites, Beard

Jake Arrieta Speaks: Arbitration, Long-Term Extension, Cubs as Favorites, Beard

It’s fun to dream about how he could improve on last season, isn’t it? Also: will he and the Cubs come together on a multiyear extension?

Adam Warren and the Return of Earl Weaver-Style Baseball

Adam Warren and the Return of Earl Weaver-Style Baseball

Adam Warren could help usher in an era of old-time baseball that would make Earl Weaver proud.

by January 15, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Dee Gordon Lands $50 Million Extension, Providing Another Data Point

Dee Gordon Lands $50 Million Extension, Providing Another Data Point

File it away in your brain for future potential Cubs extension talks.

MLB’s Blackouts Challenged in Court – Fundamental Changes, Cubs Implications, More

MLB’s Blackouts Challenged in Court – Fundamental Changes, Cubs Implications, More

An extremely important fight is about to play out, and the impact to the Cubs and the sport could be revolutionary.

Early Projections Do, Indeed, Have the Cubs as the Top Team in Baseball

Early Projections Do, Indeed, Have the Cubs as the Top Team in Baseball

Paper is just paper, but the expected talent level of this Cubs team is unmatched.

Dexter Fowler’s Continuing Tough Market, and His Connection to the Cubs

Dexter Fowler’s Continuing Tough Market, and His Connection to the Cubs

It’s still hard to figure the market for Fowler, whose future is tied to the Cubs one way or another.

What’s Up With Jorge Soler’s 1-WAR ZiPS Projection?

What’s Up With Jorge Soler’s 1-WAR ZiPS Projection?

When we last saw Jorge Soler, he was killing it on MLB’s biggest stage. So, why are his projections so low?

by January 11, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Cubs Hoping to Land a Bargain Like Yovani Gallardo? Report Says They Could Be

Cubs Hoping to Land a Bargain Like Yovani Gallardo? Report Says They Could Be

If it’s a crazy steal, sure, I can talk myself into almost anything. But is this really a fit?

Don’t Expect the Return of Sammy Sosa This Week, Which Remains a Disappointment

Don’t Expect the Return of Sammy Sosa This Week, Which Remains a Disappointment

There are still things to do to get Sammy back in the fold, and the Cubs – and fans – are the ones missing out.