Analysis and Commentary


Would You “Do-Over” the Jason Heyward Contract? And Other Bullets

Would You “Do-Over” the Jason Heyward Contract? And Other Bullets

It was not a good first season, but that doesn’t mean you instantly regret the whole contract, right?

The 2016 Cubs’ Most Similar Team in History Is … The 2012 Third Place Rays?

The 2016 Cubs’ Most Similar Team in History Is … The 2012 Third Place Rays?

That is not what I would have expected.

by December 27, 2016 Analysis and Commentary

Dexter Fowler and Jason Heyward slap gloves between innings.

Questioning Advanced Metrics, Hall of Fame Character, and Other Bullets

How do players and managers feel about advanced defensive metrics? How does Joe Maddon feel?

Getting to Know New Cubs Closer Wade Davis

Getting to Know New Cubs Closer Wade Davis

Just how good is this guy, anyway? Very. Really quite very.

by December 23, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Only Tweaks for Heyward, Pitch Framing Questions, Hollandsworth Leaving, and Other Bullets

Only Tweaks for Heyward, Pitch Framing Questions, Hollandsworth Leaving, and Other Bullets

The Cubs aren’t necessarily looking to completely overhaul Jason Heyward’s swing.

Javy Baez’s Improvements in 2016, the Quality of His Contact, and Questions About Selectivity

Javy Baez’s Improvements in 2016, the Quality of His Contact, and Questions About Selectivity

We know that Baez’s offensive results last year were much better than the two partial years that came before, but will it carry forward?

by December 22, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
The Ill-Fated Castro Extension, Interest in Cahill, and Other Bullets

The Ill-Fated Castro Extension, Interest in Cahill, and Other Bullets

A little background on that 2012 extension. Also, outgoing Cubs reliever Trevor Cahill is popular.


Willson Contreras home run bat flip.

Willson Contreras Was a Stud in 2016, and He Can Get Even Better

In time, the Cubs could have an MVP-caliber backstop on their hands.

Cubs Near the Top of the League in a Couple Unconventional Efficiency Stats

Cubs Near the Top of the League in a Couple Unconventional Efficiency Stats

You didn’t have to wait long for runs in 2016.

by December 21, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
The Risky Cubs Bullpen with Strong Projections

The Risky Cubs Bullpen with Strong Projections

The Cubs’ bullpen currently projects really well. But there’s still a lot of risk, eh?

by December 20, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Revisiting the Decision to Let Jason Hammel Walk and Other Bullets

Revisiting the Decision to Let Jason Hammel Walk and Other Bullets

Should the Cubs have held onto Hammel, given the pitching depth situation? I still don’t think it’s that simple.


Early Video of Jason Heyward’s Apparent Swing Changes

Early Video of Jason Heyward’s Apparent Swing Changes

It looks like there are some subtle, and not-so-subtle changes being implemented to help Heyward.

Looking for More Upper Minors Pitching Depth for the Cubs and Other Bullets

Looking for More Upper Minors Pitching Depth for the Cubs and Other Bullets

The Cubs need more up-and-down types, if you’re asking me. You didn’t ask? Oh. Well, move on, then, I guess.

The Cubs Were Excellent Pitch Framers in 2016, Could Be in 2017, Too, and Other Bullets

The Cubs Were Excellent Pitch Framers in 2016, Could Be in 2017, Too, and Other Bullets

Encouraging data on the Cubs’ abilities with a still underrated skill. Also: Andrew Miller allowed runs, too, and a Marlins sale?

REPORT: Chicago Cubs Set to Pay Luxury Tax for the First Time – What Happens Next?

REPORT: Chicago Cubs Set to Pay Luxury Tax for the First Time – What Happens Next?

The Cubs spent big in 2016 for the first time in a long time, and it sets up some very interesting things for the years to come.