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Scott Boras Says Scott Boras Things About Kris Bryant Being Called Up

Scott Boras Says Scott Boras Things About Kris Bryant Being Called Up

You knew it was coming eventually, and it sounds pretty much as you’d expect. And Theo Epstein responds as you’d expect.

Some Research Says Some Spring Stats Correlate with Some Regular Season Stats (Somewhat)

Some Research Says Some Spring Stats Correlate with Some Regular Season Stats (Somewhat)

Although we don’t want to go too far with this, it’s probably not entirely accurate to say that Spring stats are 100% meaningless.

by March 17, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Your Reminder of the Rules Regarding Kris Bryant and Service Time

Your Reminder of the Rules Regarding Kris Bryant and Service Time

Please do not offer an argument or a hot take about Bryant and the Cubs until an unless you full understand the rules.

Kyle Hendricks and the Many Values of Consistency

Kyle Hendricks and the Many Values of Consistency

Consistent, predictable pitchers are a good thing for a number of reasons. Hendricks could be that guy for the Cubs in 2015 and beyond.

by March 16, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Matt Szczur’s Powerful Spring, and Possible Future (VIDEO)

Matt Szczur’s Powerful Spring, and Possible Future (VIDEO)

Adding a touch of pop could make a world of difference for Szczur. So far this Spring, he’s doing it.

How Cubs Roster Turnover Since 2012 Has Led to Accumulated Projected Depth

How Cubs Roster Turnover Since 2012 Has Led to Accumulated Projected Depth

Every team has some semblance of depth, but the Cubs project to have more than usual in 2015.

by March 15, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Remembering When Kerry Wood Carried the Cubs’ Staff as a Rookie in 1998

Remembering When Kerry Wood Carried the Cubs’ Staff as a Rookie in 1998

Kerry Wood carried the staff as a rookie in 1998, which is a burden the 2015 Cubs won’t face.

by March 14, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Jacob Turner’s Elbow Injury and the Roster Implications

Jacob Turner’s Elbow Injury and the Roster Implications

Since he is out of options, the Cubs were going to have a tough decision to make on Turner. Now it’s a lot less tough for a little while.

Will the Chicago Cubs Be the Best Team in the NL Central Over the Next Five Years?

Will the Chicago Cubs Be the Best Team in the NL Central Over the Next Five Years?

ESPN seems to think so. Obviously the prospect talent is there, but will the big league club’s results show it?

by March 12, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Swing Rates, Contact Rates, and the Chicago Cubs (Part Two)

Swing Rates, Contact Rates, and the Chicago Cubs (Part Two)

Applying these plate discipline statistics to a handful of Chicago Cubs players can help us even better understand just how useful they are.

Swing Rates, Contact Rates, and You (Part One)

Swing Rates, Contact Rates, and You (Part One)

Understanding more about swing rates and contact rates can help illuminate the “why” lurking behind player performance.

by March 10, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Get Ready for More National League Designated Hitter Talk

Get Ready for More National League Designated Hitter Talk

The CBA comes up after the 2016 season, so negotiations are coming soon. Adding the DH in the NL sure seems to address a lot of issues.

Can Mike Olt Keep a Starting Job Even After Kris Bryant is Ready to Come Up?

Can Mike Olt Keep a Starting Job Even After Kris Bryant is Ready to Come Up?

Mike Olt has always had a ton of upside, and he’s hot early this Spring. What’s the scenario that keeps him in the starting lineup post-Bryant?

by March 9, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Strength of Schedule Reveals Improved Cubs Still Have A Climb

Strength of Schedule Reveals Improved Cubs Still Have A Climb

The Cubs have the 10th easiest projected strength of schedule in MLB, which sounds better than it really is.

Phil Coke Chose the Cubs, but Will the Cubs Choose Phil Coke?

Phil Coke Chose the Cubs, but Will the Cubs Choose Phil Coke?

In on a minor league deal, Coke’s experience could give him a leg up in a bullpen battle among Cubs southpaws.

Looking at Travis Wood, Jacob Turner, Edwin Jackson, and the Fifth Starter Spot

Looking at Travis Wood, Jacob Turner, Edwin Jackson, and the Fifth Starter Spot

The three might be the top contenders for the fifth starter job, but they aren’t alone. And, even if they were, the Cubs would have some tough choices.

Hunter Pence Out 6 to 8 Weeks After Corey Black Pitch Breaks His Arm

Hunter Pence Out 6 to 8 Weeks After Corey Black Pitch Breaks His Arm

There shouldn’t be any retaliation concerns, right? Everyone knows this was completely inadvertent.

What Spring Performances Could Mean for the Cubs’ Roster, Rotation, and Bullpen

What Spring Performances Could Mean for the Cubs’ Roster, Rotation, and Bullpen

You never take too much away from Spring Training performances, but sometimes they do help make decisions at the margins. And the Cubs have a ton of decisions to make.

by March 5, 2015 Analysis and Commentary

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