We’re not wondering why the Cubs are bad. We’re wondering why they always seem to be worse than whatever level of bad they were expected to be. (But, hey, 2015 should be better!)
Analysis and Commentary
Everyone understands that there are potential service times issues at play.
Here’s a crazy – but maybe awesome? – idea for improving the national interest in baseball.
It’s not just about getting the right guy in the 9-hole, it’s also about how long you expect the starting pitcher to be in the game.
We know the duo improved dramatically in 2014, but how exactly did it happen, and how exactly could it play out in 2015?
Cubs have any righties who are tough on lefties, or lefties who are tough on righties? Well, there is one guy who stands out.
Jeff Samardzija started a kerfuffle with some comments about analytics, but, even if he’s not right about all of it, he made a very important point.
It’s not just the injury histories of the nominal starters – it’s the lack of clear regulars ready to step in behind them.
Is MLB getting tougher for young positional players? If so, does that disproportionately hurt the Cubs? Tentative answers: no, no.
One year ago today, the Cubs revealed that Jake Arrieta had shoulder tightness and wouldn’t break camp with the big league team. Think about where it all went from there.
The money was actually extremely close, and Shields chose the better fit. I still don’t register too much disappointment.
Sahadev Sharma gives the Cubs’ pen more love, and I start the discussion of how the Cubs sort through all of their depth.
I don’t think you can really be all that accurate projecting win totals right now, but it’s interesting to see how many have the Cubs right there.
The back end of the Cubs’ bullpen was among the five best in all of baseball last year. And, to the extent you can dream on bullpens, it could be even better in 2015.
The two have been working together closely for the last couple years, and you can read more on their relationship in a fascinating new Peter Gammons piece.
Presently, there are no fewer than seven plausible pitchers fighting it out for just one spot in the Cubs’ rotation.
Today could finally be the day, and no one is really backing off of the Padres as a favorite. Shields could improve the Cubs by a fair bit, though.
Very tough is the general answer to that question.