Analysis and Commentary


Clayton Richard’s Spot in the Bullpen and the Perilous Problem of Reliever Sample Sizes

Clayton Richard’s Spot in the Bullpen and the Perilous Problem of Reliever Sample Sizes

Richard didn’t get the job done last night, and it’s been a rough season for him so far. How much does that actually mean?

by June 1, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Clayton Kershaw Has Extension-Related Advice for Jake Arrieta

Clayton Kershaw Has Extension-Related Advice for Jake Arrieta

Being comfortable is important, too. Will that impact Arrieta’s decision about a new contract?


Willson Contreras’s Two-Homer Game, Evolving Skills, and Future with the Cubs

Willson Contreras’s Two-Homer Game, Evolving Skills, and Future with the Cubs

The future is so very bright for one of the Cubs’ best prospects.

John Lackey Somehow Improving on His Huge 2015 Season and Other Bullets

John Lackey Somehow Improving on His Huge 2015 Season and Other Bullets

Few thought Lackey could duplicate his same level of success from last year, but he’s been right there.

Baseball is Cruel and Silly and Awesome and Other Bullets

Baseball is Cruel and Silly and Awesome and Other Bullets

Kyle Hendricks was brilliant yesterday, but he didn’t get his shutout because baseball is silly. Also: how about those Mets/Dodgers fireworks?

The Cubs Have the Best Players in the National League and Other Bullets

The Cubs Have the Best Players in the National League and Other Bullets

How many of the best and how best of the best? How about three at the top?

Ben Zobrist’s Crazy Numbers and Even Crazier Peripherals

Ben Zobrist’s Crazy Numbers and Even Crazier Peripherals

When Zobrist and Joe Maddon suggest the second baseman is playing at the highest level of his career, they aren’t kidding.

by May 27, 2016 Analysis and Commentary

Will the Cubs Target Stud Lefty Andrew Miller in Trade This Season?

Will the Cubs Target Stud Lefty Andrew Miller in Trade This Season?

One report suggests a fit, and I see it, too. Also: Miller’s performance this year is almost literally unbelievable.

The MacPhail Era, Matusz, Bryant’s Versatility, and Other Bullets

The MacPhail Era, Matusz, Bryant’s Versatility, and Other Bullets

How do you remember that era? Fondly? I doubt it. Also: Kris Bryant is incredible in so many ways.

Cubs Off-Day Check-In: Things Are Still Rosy All Over

Cubs Off-Day Check-In: Things Are Still Rosy All Over

The Cubs not only still have the best record in baseball, but their underlying performance supports an even stronger record.

by May 26, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Jake Arrieta’s First Rough Start in a Long Time … and His Hall of Fame Chances

Jake Arrieta’s First Rough Start in a Long Time … and His Hall of Fame Chances

Yesterday was not a very good start for Jake Arrieta, which actually says a lot about how good he’s been.


The Chicago Cubs’ Rotation Features Some of the Best Pitches in All of Baseball

The Chicago Cubs’ Rotation Features Some of the Best Pitches in All of Baseball

Cubs starting pitchers are making the most out of some of baseball’s most wicked pitches.

by May 26, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
The Well-Ended Road Trip, the Cubs’ Dominance of the Cardinals, and Other Bullets

The Well-Ended Road Trip, the Cubs’ Dominance of the Cardinals, and Other Bullets

Yesterday’s win gave the Cubs five straight series wins over the Cardinals.