Analysis and Commentary


The Two Sides of the Sammy Sosa Hall of Fame Case and Other Bullets

The Two Sides of the Sammy Sosa Hall of Fame Case and Other Bullets

There are reasons to say yes and reasons to say no to Sosa in the Hall. How’s he polling right now?

Two of the Very Best Pitches in MLB in 2016 Were Thrown By Cubs Pitchers

Two of the Very Best Pitches in MLB in 2016 Were Thrown By Cubs Pitchers

Take a bow, Carl Edwards Jr.’s fastball and Mike Montgomery’s changeup.

by January 3, 2017 Analysis and Commentary

The NL Central Hasn’t Been a Free Agent Spending Epicenter This Year

The NL Central Hasn’t Been a Free Agent Spending Epicenter This Year

With the Cubs mostly on the sidelines in free agency, the rest of the division hasn’t quite picked up the slack.

by January 3, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
An Interesting Take on the Other Side of “Bad Contracts” – The Player Side

An Interesting Take on the Other Side of “Bad Contracts” – The Player Side

A player on a very team-friendly deal is also, by definition, a player on a very under-market deal.

Notable Statistics, Soft Soler Projection, and Other Bullets

Notable Statistics, Soft Soler Projection, and Other Bullets

If Jorge Soler performs only as well as ZiPS projects, no one will have any lingering doubts about the Wade Davis trade.

The Tommy La Stella Roster Spot Question and Other Bullets

The Tommy La Stella Roster Spot Question and Other Bullets

Is La Stella a lock for the roster? If not, is that going to be a problem?

Happy New Year! What Do You Expect from the Cubs? And Other Bullets

Happy New Year! What Do You Expect from the Cubs? And Other Bullets

Obviously we want to see the Cubs win it all again, but is that your baseline expectation?


Getting to Know New Cubs Reliever Koji Uehara

Getting to Know New Cubs Reliever Koji Uehara

Yes, he’s a bit older, but boy has Uehara been good. Really good. Periodically best-in-baseball good.

by December 30, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
The Best Games of 2016, Which of Course Has Game Seven on Top, and Other Bullets

The Best Games of 2016, Which of Course Has Game Seven on Top, and Other Bullets

Obviously Game Seven of the World Series was the best of the best, but what about the other great games?

Javy Baez Led All NL Second Basemen in Defensive Runs Saved … in Way Fewer Innings

Javy Baez Led All NL Second Basemen in Defensive Runs Saved … in Way Fewer Innings

We love the flashy plays, but even by the data, Javy Baez was truly special last year defensively.

by December 29, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Cubs’ Lineup Ranked Number One, But is That Right? And Other Bullets

Cubs’ Lineup Ranked Number One, But is That Right? And Other Bullets

Which teams would you put ahead of the Cubs? Any? I’d probably have a few.


Would You “Do-Over” the Jason Heyward Contract? And Other Bullets

Would You “Do-Over” the Jason Heyward Contract? And Other Bullets

It was not a good first season, but that doesn’t mean you instantly regret the whole contract, right?

The 2016 Cubs’ Most Similar Team in History Is … The 2012 Third Place Rays?

The 2016 Cubs’ Most Similar Team in History Is … The 2012 Third Place Rays?

That is not what I would have expected.

by December 27, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Dexter Fowler and Jason Heyward slap gloves between innings.

Questioning Advanced Metrics, Hall of Fame Character, and Other Bullets

How do players and managers feel about advanced defensive metrics? How does Joe Maddon feel?

Getting to Know New Cubs Closer Wade Davis

Getting to Know New Cubs Closer Wade Davis

Just how good is this guy, anyway? Very. Really quite very.

by December 23, 2016 Analysis and Commentary