Analysis and Commentary

Early Projections Do, Indeed, Have the Cubs as the Top Team in Baseball

Early Projections Do, Indeed, Have the Cubs as the Top Team in Baseball

Paper is just paper, but the expected talent level of this Cubs team is unmatched.

Dexter Fowler’s Continuing Tough Market, and His Connection to the Cubs

Dexter Fowler’s Continuing Tough Market, and His Connection to the Cubs

It’s still hard to figure the market for Fowler, whose future is tied to the Cubs one way or another.

What’s Up With Jorge Soler’s 1-WAR ZiPS Projection?

What’s Up With Jorge Soler’s 1-WAR ZiPS Projection?

When we last saw Jorge Soler, he was killing it on MLB’s biggest stage. So, why are his projections so low?

by January 11, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Cubs Hoping to Land a Bargain Like Yovani Gallardo? Report Says They Could Be

Cubs Hoping to Land a Bargain Like Yovani Gallardo? Report Says They Could Be

If it’s a crazy steal, sure, I can talk myself into almost anything. But is this really a fit?

Don’t Expect the Return of Sammy Sosa This Week, Which Remains a Disappointment

Don’t Expect the Return of Sammy Sosa This Week, Which Remains a Disappointment

There are still things to do to get Sammy back in the fold, and the Cubs – and fans – are the ones missing out.

Cardinals Hack Was Worse Than We Thought, Punishment Should Be Forthcoming

Cardinals Hack Was Worse Than We Thought, Punishment Should Be Forthcoming

Multiple incursions on key dates make it look like this was something more than just one guy checking for stolen info.

Visualizing and Discussing the Exit Velocities for Chicago Cubs Positional Starters

Visualizing and Discussing the Exit Velocities for Chicago Cubs Positional Starters

Chicago Cubs players hit rockets. You believe this to be true. And it turns out it is.

by January 8, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Sometimes It Really Does Make Sense to Throw It Down the Middle and Other Bullets

Sometimes It Really Does Make Sense to Throw It Down the Middle and Other Bullets

Dan Haren wasn’t really kidding when he said it, and sometimes it does work. Plus more on cold weather play, super utility pitchers, and ‘Deadwood.’

Temperature and Player Performance By Position – Get Those Outfielders Moving

Temperature and Player Performance By Position – Get Those Outfielders Moving

Outfielders, in particular, seem to have trouble hitting when they’ve stood around in the cold.

by January 7, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Let’s Dive Into Jason Heyward’s Batted Ball Rates and the Upside That Could Be Coming

Let’s Dive Into Jason Heyward’s Batted Ball Rates and the Upside That Could Be Coming

Heyward put the ball on the ground a whole lot last year, and a small change there could yield big results.

by January 7, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
The Cubs Have Had the Worst Bullpen in Baseball Over the Last 20 Years

The Cubs Have Had the Worst Bullpen in Baseball Over the Last 20 Years

All those times you threw your remote and cursed the Cubs’ pen as “the worst!”? Your irrational fan gut was actually right.

by January 7, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Pitcher Aging Curves, Plate Discipline, and Thinking Differently

Pitcher Aging Curves, Plate Discipline, and Thinking Differently

Inputs on pitcher effectiveness I hadn’t really considered before. Join me!

by January 6, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Keeping Extensions for Core Cubs Players On the Mind

Keeping Extensions for Core Cubs Players On the Mind

With such an impressive group of cost-controlled talent at similar spots on the cost curve, might extensions be in order?

by January 5, 2016 Analysis and Commentary