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Addressing Joe Maddon Questions: The Trouble With Predictions, the Impact of a Move

Addressing Joe Maddon Questions: The Trouble With Predictions, the Impact of a Move

Folks keep asking me how likely I think it is that the Cubs get Maddon, and how impactful that move would be. I’ll relent and answer.

by October 28, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs Rumors
Balancing Value: Why Kris Bryant May Need Miss Only 9 Big League Games Next Year

Balancing Value: Why Kris Bryant May Need Miss Only 9 Big League Games Next Year

We know that holding Bryant down could provide the Cubs value in 2021 in the form of an extra year of control. But how much is lost in 2015?

by October 21, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Rumor: Jake Peavy Interested in Chicago Cubs? How’s that Second Tier of Pitching Looking?

Rumor: Jake Peavy Interested in Chicago Cubs? How’s that Second Tier of Pitching Looking?

Let’s dig in on Peavy’s down 2014 season, and whether he could provide good value to the Cubs.

by October 20, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs Rumors
On the Possible Unique Value of Guys on One-Year Deals for the Chicago Cubs in 2015

On the Possible Unique Value of Guys on One-Year Deals for the Chicago Cubs in 2015

Can I convince you that the 2016 – not 2015 – draft figures, in a small way, into the Cubs’ offseason plans?

by October 17, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs Rumors
The Best Breaking Pitch in Baseball This Year? It Was Arguably Pedro Strop’s Slider

The Best Breaking Pitch in Baseball This Year? It Was Arguably Pedro Strop’s Slider

Not only that, but, generally speaking, Strop was crazy awesome this year.

by October 15, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Ugly Pitch-Framing for the Chicago Cubs This Year May Have Cost Them Several Wins

Ugly Pitch-Framing for the Chicago Cubs This Year May Have Cost Them Several Wins

However you feel about pitch framing data, it’s all in agreement: the Cubs lost a whole bunch of strikes this year.

by October 13, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
The 2014 Chicago Cubs As a Team: Decent Pitching, Rough Offense, Bad Luck

The 2014 Chicago Cubs As a Team: Decent Pitching, Rough Offense, Bad Luck

78 wins wasn’t that far away, and the Cubs actually could have swung into a winning record with better bounces.

by October 10, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Arismendy Alcantara Started Out Hot – So Why Did He Cool Down So Swiftly?

Arismendy Alcantara Started Out Hot – So Why Did He Cool Down So Swiftly?

Let’s take a look at the numbers and break down what pitchers did, and what went wrong.

by October 8, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, BNTV
Will Cubs Look to Sign Torii Hunter or Jonny Gomes? How Would It Impact the Outfield?

Will Cubs Look to Sign Torii Hunter or Jonny Gomes? How Would It Impact the Outfield?

Each could check the “veteran” box while providing platoon-ish offense. But how does the rest of the outfield shake out?

by October 7, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs Rumors
League-Wide Offense is the Lowest It’s Been in Decades – Time for the DH in the NL?

League-Wide Offense is the Lowest It’s Been in Decades – Time for the DH in the NL?

And/or should there be other changes in the game to increase offensive output? Is reduced offense even a bad thing?

by September 30, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Managing the 40-Man Roster Heading Into the Offseason: Who Stays, Who Goes

Managing the 40-Man Roster Heading Into the Offseason: Who Stays, Who Goes

The Cubs have a busy offseason ahead and a very crowded 40-man roster. Tough decisions await.

by September 29, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Just to Confirm: Anthony Rizzo Was a Freaking Stud This Year

Just to Confirm: Anthony Rizzo Was a Freaking Stud This Year

Rizzo wasn’t just the Cubs’ MVP. He was one of the best players in baseball.

by September 29, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
A Pretty Big Deal: The Cubs Sold More Tickets This Year Than Last Year

A Pretty Big Deal: The Cubs Sold More Tickets This Year Than Last Year

The increase was very small, but the fact that it wasn’t a huge *decrease* is what matters.

by September 25, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs News
Jake Arrieta Capped Off a Stellar Year with Another Stellar Night (VIDEO)

Jake Arrieta Capped Off a Stellar Year with Another Stellar Night (VIDEO)

Arrieta heads into the offseason the unquestioned Cubs ace, and one of the best pitchers in baseball.

by September 25, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs News
The Final Game at Wrigley Field in 2014: Playing for Something

The Final Game at Wrigley Field in 2014: Playing for Something

There is no playoff spot to clinch for the Cubs tonight, but there are some quality storylines at play nevertheless.

by September 24, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Cubs TV Deal Announcement Coming This Week? Long-Term Plans Emerging?

Cubs TV Deal Announcement Coming This Week? Long-Term Plans Emerging?

The options are complicated and enticing, both in the near and long-term. Also, a relevant tangent on streaming rights.

by September 23, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs News

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