Analysis and Commentary


Jason McLeod Offers Thoughts on New Cub Eddie Butler, Who Could Be a Reclamation Breakout

Jason McLeod Offers Thoughts on New Cub Eddie Butler, Who Could Be a Reclamation Breakout

McLeod is not calling Butler the next Jake Arrieta, but there sure are a lot of situational similarities.

Getting to Know New Lefty Brett Anderson, Who Could Be At His Best With a Team Like the Cubs

Getting to Know New Lefty Brett Anderson, Who Could Be At His Best With a Team Like the Cubs

If he’s healthy, Anderson is a perfect fit for this particular Cubs team. Of course, health is the big question.

by February 7, 2017 Analysis and Commentary

Michael Jordan’s Baseball Career is the Most Impressive Thing He Ever Did

Michael Jordan’s Baseball Career is the Most Impressive Thing He Ever Did

31 years old. A professional life dedicated to basketball. Jordan picked up a bat, and competed.

by February 7, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
Pairing Jon Lester With the Right Catcher and Other Bullets

Pairing Jon Lester With the Right Catcher and Other Bullets

Running game concerns are often overstated, but it’s something to consider, with David Ross retiring.

Another Indication that Jason Heyward Was Really Unlucky in 2016 (In Addition to Being Bad)

Another Indication that Jason Heyward Was Really Unlucky in 2016 (In Addition to Being Bad)

Yes, Jason Heyward struggled in 2016, but perhaps not as badly as he should have.

by February 6, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
Replacing Dexter Fowler in Center Field and Other Bullets

Replacing Dexter Fowler in Center Field and Other Bullets

How close can Albert Almora and Jon Jay realistically get in a combination?

Smith Departs the Cubs, the Patriots as Cardinals, and Other Bullets

Smith Departs the Cubs, the Patriots as Cardinals, and Other Bullets

The Super Bowl is here, and everyone seems to be rooting against the Cardinals – er, I mean Patriots. Also, Joe Smith signs elsewhere.


Anderson, Heyward, Hoyer, Rizzo, The Hole, Illinois Laws, and Other Bullets

Anderson, Heyward, Hoyer, Rizzo, The Hole, Illinois Laws, and Other Bullets

It could take some time for Jason Heyward’s swing to really take hold. Also: the hole at Wrigley is gone, a potentially problematic law in Illinois, and much more.

Ranking the Divisions: Is the NL Central the Class of MLB?

Ranking the Divisions: Is the NL Central the Class of MLB?

Is the most compelling race going to come down to the Cubs, Cardinals, and Pirates? Or will the AL East be the must-watch division to most pundits (again)?

by February 3, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
The Lack of Activity This Offseason May Have Been About More Than a Weak Free Agent Class

The Lack of Activity This Offseason May Have Been About More Than a Weak Free Agent Class

The new CBA appears to be causing problems for marginal free agents especially.

Winning Championships With Outfield Defense; Can Cubs Do It Again With a Different Group?

Winning Championships With Outfield Defense; Can Cubs Do It Again With a Different Group?

The Cubs build a championship-caliber outfield where line drives went to die in 2016. Can they do it again in 2017?

by February 3, 2017 Analysis and Commentary

Kyle Schwarber Working in the Outfield, the Position We Should Probably Talk More About

Kyle Schwarber Working in the Outfield, the Position We Should Probably Talk More About

It’s fun to dream about more part-time catcher duty, but the biggest impact Schwarber will make on defense is in left field.

Kyle Hendricks Upping the Four-Seamers and Curveballs

Kyle Hendricks Upping the Four-Seamers and Curveballs

Thinking about pitch mix, and how things changed for Kyle Hendricks in the second half.

by February 2, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
Getting to Know New Cubs Pitcher Eddie Butler, a Former Top Prospect Headed for a Change of Scenery

Getting to Know New Cubs Pitcher Eddie Butler, a Former Top Prospect Headed for a Change of Scenery

The Cubs have picked up former top pitching prospect with command issues related to a crossfire delivery, sound familiar?

by February 2, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
Cardinals Sign Carlos Martinez to Five-Year, $51M Extension – A Couple Layers of Cubs Impact

Cardinals Sign Carlos Martinez to Five-Year, $51M Extension – A Couple Layers of Cubs Impact

An extremely reasonable deal for the Cardinals, who also get two team options at the end of the five years.