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BT at BP: Why Aren’t the Cubs Turning Any Double Plays?

BT at BP: Why Aren’t the Cubs Turning Any Double Plays?

Did you know that the Cubs have turned the fewest double plays in baseball this year … by a really wide margin?

by May 1, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Hearting the Cubs’ Approach at the Plate and Other Bullets

Hearting the Cubs’ Approach at the Plate and Other Bullets

The Cubs are taking walks, getting on base, and buying in to an approach that makes pitchers work. Also: Schwarber, Russell, Wood, more.

It’s Early, but the Hope is the Cubs Can Be Buyers This Year – What Might They Buy?

It’s Early, but the Hope is the Cubs Can Be Buyers This Year – What Might They Buy?

As we sit here today at the close of April, how and where does it look like the Cubs might direct their resources?

Travis Wood’s Hot Start in 2015 … and 2014

Travis Wood’s Hot Start in 2015 … and 2014

Travis Wood has been excellent so far this year. How was he through four starts last year?

by April 30, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Kyle Hendricks Has Been Better Than it Looks and Other Bullets

Kyle Hendricks Has Been Better Than it Looks and Other Bullets

The ERA and short outings are not looking pretty, but in many ways, he’s been better than last year.

Zac Rosscup is Emerging as a Key Member of the Cubs’ Bullpen

Zac Rosscup is Emerging as a Key Member of the Cubs’ Bullpen

The 26-year-old lefty has been called upon in high-leverage situations already, and he’s responded.

by April 29, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
The Suddenly Speedy Chicago Cubs and Other Bullets

The Suddenly Speedy Chicago Cubs and Other Bullets

For a moment last night, the Cubs led baseball in stolen bases. They’ve got 25 steals and just 16 homers. Who are these guys?

Jason Hammel’s Dominant Outing and Ridiculous K/BB (VIDEO)

Jason Hammel’s Dominant Outing and Ridiculous K/BB (VIDEO)

Jason Hammel has been doing business since returning to the Chicago Cubs.

The First 10 Percent: An Early Look at the Cubs in a Small Sample Size

The First 10 Percent: An Early Look at the Cubs in a Small Sample Size

Some of the early story lines playing out for the 2015 Cubs.

by April 28, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Very Early Defensive Metrics Offer Surprises in the Cubs’ Outfield

Very Early Defensive Metrics Offer Surprises in the Cubs’ Outfield

While there’s only so much you can take away at this point – which is to say not much at all – it’s run to see what the early returns say.

BT at BP: Chicago Cubs Attendance Showing Positive Early Signals

BT at BP: Chicago Cubs Attendance Showing Positive Early Signals

Attendance remains a very important storyline for the Chicago Cubs. So far, so good.

by April 27, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Jake Arrieta Easily Sustaining His 2014 Success in Early 2015 and Other Bullets

Jake Arrieta Easily Sustaining His 2014 Success in Early 2015 and Other Bullets

Through four starts, Arrieta has simply been Arrieta. No surprises, no negative signals. Just more goodness.

Addison Russell’s Ridiculous Diving Play on Billy Hamilton, and a Lotta Love (VIDEO)

Addison Russell’s Ridiculous Diving Play on Billy Hamilton, and a Lotta Love (VIDEO)

Russell might be struggling at the plate, but what he did in the field on Friday is still blowing me away.

The Cubs Are What They Are So Far

The Cubs Are What They Are So Far

The Cubs are playing as well as could be expected and are doing so without the benefit of a favorable schedule.

by April 25, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Anthony Rizzo’s Homer and Crazy Numbers (VIDEO)

Anthony Rizzo’s Homer and Crazy Numbers (VIDEO)

Rizzo has been a top ten offensive player in baseball in the early going, and how he’s doing it is pretty fun.

Which Chris Coghlan Do The Cubs Have And Which Are They Getting?

Which Chris Coghlan Do The Cubs Have And Which Are They Getting?

Chris Coghlan is providing some newfound offense with the help of a new swing, better health, and better luck.

Starlin Castro, Professional Hitter and Professional Shortstop

Starlin Castro, Professional Hitter and Professional Shortstop

Castro’s combined performance this year in the field and at the plate have been MVP-like.

The Chicago Cubs Have Been Very Disciplined in Their Plate Approach So Far

The Chicago Cubs Have Been Very Disciplined in Their Plate Approach So Far

Are there still a lot of strikeouts? Sure. But these Cubs are taking walks and getting on base.

by April 22, 2015 Analysis and Commentary

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