Analysis and Commentary


The Cubs Front Office Really Knocked It Out of the Park with the Jon Lester Signing

The Cubs Front Office Really Knocked It Out of the Park with the Jon Lester Signing

Not only did the deal provide obvious value in its first two years, it’s looking really good going forward.

by March 8, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
Lackey’s Perfect Attitude, Edwards’ Future, Bat Flip (Un)Fun, and Other Bullets

Lackey’s Perfect Attitude, Edwards’ Future, Bat Flip (Un)Fun, and Other Bullets

John Lackey knows what’s up in Spring Training. Also, when are bat flips acceptable?


Jon Lester and Willson Contreras Already Getting Off to a Good Start Together

Jon Lester and Willson Contreras Already Getting Off to a Good Start Together

Lester will be working without David Ross for the first time in a long time, but doesn’t anticipate any issues.

Working Out Contracts for Bryant and Russell, Cubs Against the WBC, and Other Bullets

Working Out Contracts for Bryant and Russell, Cubs Against the WBC, and Other Bullets

Working out deals for pre-arbitration players is a bit of a different animal, but in recent years, the Cubs have done it right.

Wake Up and Watch the Cubs Homer Party: La Stella, Almora, Contreras

Wake Up and Watch the Cubs Homer Party: La Stella, Almora, Contreras

They came in a Spring Training tie, but they’re still Cubs dingers! Let’s talk about three players’ level of power.

Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs 9, Rangers 9 – Lester, Davis, Candelario, Hannemann, More

Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs 9, Rangers 9 – Lester, Davis, Candelario, Hannemann, More

ALL THE TIES!!!

WATCH Albert Almora Rip a Grand Slam Today Against the Rangers

WATCH Albert Almora Rip a Grand Slam Today Against the Rangers

If that power comes along a little bit this year? Big things could happen quickly for Almora.


Baseball Nerds Unite: New Analytical Tools Coming in 2017 – Hit Probability, Catch Probability

Baseball Nerds Unite: New Analytical Tools Coming in 2017 – Hit Probability, Catch Probability

Statcast data is going to provide even more insight this season, and I’m pretty excited.

Bryce Harper’s Coming Free Agent Odyssey, Black TJS, Price’s Elbow, and Other Bullets

Bryce Harper’s Coming Free Agent Odyssey, Black TJS, Price’s Elbow, and Other Bullets

Will the Cubs be among Harper’s pursuers? Also: a Cubs pitching prospect goes under the knife, but David Price won’t have to.

Jake Arrieta May Be Looking for a Max Scherzer-Level Contract (Seven Years, $210 Million)

Jake Arrieta May Be Looking for a Max Scherzer-Level Contract (Seven Years, $210 Million)

He might be able to get that in free agency, but it won’t be coming on an extension.

Jason Heyward’s Swing and the Historical Hope for a Rebound

Jason Heyward’s Swing and the Historical Hope for a Rebound

What happened to Jason Heyward, it turns out, is extremely rare. And the work to fix it has clearly been put in.

Addison Russell Has. The. POWER!!!

Addison Russell Has. The. POWER!!!

If Russell’s second half trend continues into 2017, he could be a huge power threat in the middle of the Cubs’ lineup.

by March 3, 2017 Analysis and Commentary

Upcoming Reliever Debuts: Davis, Uehara, Rondon, Strop, Grimm, Edwards

Upcoming Reliever Debuts: Davis, Uehara, Rondon, Strop, Grimm, Edwards

At last, the “core” of the bullpen will make their Spring Training debuts.

Eddie Butler Was Better Than He Seemed Last Year (But Still Has a Ways to Go)

Eddie Butler Was Better Than He Seemed Last Year (But Still Has a Ways to Go)

Let’s be quite clear that Eddie Butler was not great last year. However, his results were even worse than they “should” have been.

by March 2, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
That Trade Was the Best Thing for Jorge Soler, Whose Presence with the Cubs Would Be Complicated

That Trade Was the Best Thing for Jorge Soler, Whose Presence with the Cubs Would Be Complicated

Can you imagine the Spring Training conversations we’d be having right now about the outfield if Soler were still a Cub?