Analysis and Commentary


Cubs Pitchers and the Pitches that Get Them the Whiffs

Cubs Pitchers and the Pitches that Get Them the Whiffs

Which Cubs pitchers get the most swings and misses, and which pitches do the trick?

by February 1, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
Is a Playoff Hangover Effect Going to Hurt the Cubs?

Is a Playoff Hangover Effect Going to Hurt the Cubs?

With a much shorter offseason, will the Cubs be worse for the wear in 2017?

by February 1, 2017 Analysis and Commentary

What is the Biggest Rivalry in Baseball for 2017? And Other Bullets

What is the Biggest Rivalry in Baseball for 2017? And Other Bullets

You would assume Cubs-Cardinals or Yankees-Red Sox, right?

The Cardinals Hack Punishment: Leniency, Frustration, and Important Gaps in the Story

The Cardinals Hack Punishment: Leniency, Frustration, and Important Gaps in the Story

Reactions around baseball are a mix of surprise and disappointment, and I see several problems with yesterday’s announcement.

by January 31, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
Would You Rank Anthony Rizzo the Top 1B in Baseball? I Would, But It’s Close, and Other Bullets

Would You Rank Anthony Rizzo the Top 1B in Baseball? I Would, But It’s Close, and Other Bullets

The top five 1B in baseball are all nearly-equally-good superstars. Also: shortstops are incredible, Hawk Harrelson praises the Cubs, and much more.

The Remaining Free Agent Starters, Emergency Depth, and Other Bullets

The Remaining Free Agent Starters, Emergency Depth, and Other Bullets

Perhaps the Cubs can get a veteran starter on a minor league deal, juuuuust in case. Also: international players, evaluating front offices, much more.

Travis Wood Drawing Interest as a Starter, Schwarber Catching, America, and Other Bullets

Travis Wood Drawing Interest as a Starter, Schwarber Catching, America, and Other Bullets

We haven’t heard much connecting the Cubs to Wood lately. Also: Schwarber listed as catcher, relief pitching prospects, much more.


The Significant Advantages of Having Two Super Utility Men and Other Bullets

The Significant Advantages of Having Two Super Utility Men and Other Bullets

The Cubs have two starting second basemen. They are also two starting super utility men.

Is Neuroscience Baseball’s Next Market Inefficiency? If So, the Cubs Are in a Good Spot

Is Neuroscience Baseball’s Next Market Inefficiency? If So, the Cubs Are in a Good Spot

Brain power could literally be the next tool to scout.

Was Moises Alou the Cubs’ Best Free Agent Signing, or Was it Someone More Recent?

Was Moises Alou the Cubs’ Best Free Agent Signing, or Was it Someone More Recent?

A fun discussion about Cubs free agent deals over the years, and how they’ve worked out.

by January 26, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
David Ross’s Role, Carl Edwards’ Future, Shortstop Rankings, and Other Bullets

David Ross’s Role, Carl Edwards’ Future, Shortstop Rankings, and Other Bullets

David Ross is kind of like a prospect again. Carl Edwards Jr. has serious closer potential down the line.


Command, Control, and the Path to Success for Pitchers Without Huge Velocity or Killer Stuff

Command, Control, and the Path to Success for Pitchers Without Huge Velocity or Killer Stuff

The Cubs had two of the best “command” pitchers in baseball last year.

Considering the Cubs’ Pitching Depth After Last Night’s Move and Other Bullets

Considering the Cubs’ Pitching Depth After Last Night’s Move and Other Bullets

Did the Cubs’ starting pitching depth improve with the addition of Brett Anderson? Yes. Probably. Maybe. It’s a bit tricky, actually.

Surprisingly, Kyle Hendricks is Only Cubs Starter on One Top Ten Pitchers List

Surprisingly, Kyle Hendricks is Only Cubs Starter on One Top Ten Pitchers List

That’s interesting and wild for a number of reasons.

by January 23, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
A Delightfully Nerdy Undertaking: Using Cubs’ 2016 xBABIP to Project 2017 Regression

A Delightfully Nerdy Undertaking: Using Cubs’ 2016 xBABIP to Project 2017 Regression

What is xBABIP? Why does it matter? What does it tell us about the Cubs in 2016 and 2017? Answers: a thing, because, and stuff!

by January 23, 2017 Analysis and Commentary