Lester had a nice bounce back start in Milwaukee last night. Let’s dig deeper.
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Heyward really turned on this one.
The Cubs are not among the five favorites to sign Harper, according to Jon Heyman (as of today).
I have so many thoughts on this apparent – and crazy – data point.
The veteran switch-hitter may already be in position to take more at bats.
Yes, the Cubs Are Striking Out a Ton (However), Lester Doesn’t Want 2016 Comparisons, and Other Bullets
The strikeouts aren’t yet quite to epidemic levels.
One of the things that really stood out this weekend? The Cubs’ starters weren’t getting swings and misses.
I’m going to be a little patient. Also: Happ’s great catch, an extra-innings suggestion, and much more.
Eddie Butler deserves every bit of praise he’s going to get this week.
A combination of things ended Jon Lester’s day early.
The Cubs defense was on full display.
A great start for Happ, a great moment for Rizzo, and a great recovery for Schwarber.
An Opening Day treat for Cubs fans who like them some quality starting pitching.
Welcome to the 2018 Chicago Cubs season, which has absolutely nothing to do with 2016.
FanGraphs is more optimistic than Baseball Prospectus, but wherever you look, odds are on the Cubs.
Sometimes, you want a free-swinger.
Maddon Confirms Happ Will Have a Shot to Be Everyday Leadoff Hitter, Which Creates Ripples Beyond Outfield
That would be a very good problem to develop. And it’s very possible. The impact for Ben Zobrist could be keen.
Kris Bryant is very optimistic about his teammates, which makes for a fun exercise.
The NL Central is arguably – statistically! – the best division in the National League.
We Really Believe in the Hitter, the Person: Theo Epstein Is Willing to Bet on Kyle Schwarber in 2018
Kyle Schwarber has raked this spring, and he will soon get to show the baseball world just how much has changed since last year.
Second base is actually the least loved of the positions, but for understandable reasons.
I think there are just a handful of teams in the conversation, and the Cubs are right there.
High praise, and not a comp you would have expected.
Former Cubs catcher Welington Castillo seems to think so, and he was there for both.
Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo have OPS’s above .850 this Spring, and neither is in the top six of Cubs performers.
We’re assuming the Cubs go with eight relievers. But it sounds like seven – and an extra position player – is still on the table.