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Jake Arrieta Has Pitched Like an Ace This Year

Jake Arrieta Has Pitched Like an Ace This Year

Small sample, sure. But the results are consistent with apparent approach changes and obviously excellent stuff.

by June 19, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Fun With Jake Arrieta’s Huge Game

Fun With Jake Arrieta’s Huge Game

Jake Arrieta dominated the Phillies last night, which gives us a chance to enjoy some numerical cake.

by June 14, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Jed Hoyer Says the Cubs Will “Likely” Spend Some Money This Offseason – I’d Certainly Think So

Jed Hoyer Says the Cubs Will “Likely” Spend Some Money This Offseason – I’d Certainly Think So

I’m glad to hear it, but, when you look at the numbers, it seems pretty obvious.

Not Hyperbole: Luis Valbuena Has Been One of the Best Players in Baseball This Year

Not Hyperbole: Luis Valbuena Has Been One of the Best Players in Baseball This Year

Any way you slice the numbers, Valbuena has been crazy good and crazy valuable. So what does his future hold?

by June 12, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Calling Up Prospects and the Impact on Attendance

Calling Up Prospects and the Impact on Attendance

The Pirates got an attendance bump from top prospect Gregory Polanco, but not as much as you might think.

by June 11, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
No Bryant Bomb for Your Morning? That’s OK, Here’s Anthony Rizzo (Video and Discussion)

No Bryant Bomb for Your Morning? That’s OK, Here’s Anthony Rizzo (Video and Discussion)

He hits a monster shot last night, and his numbers have made him the best first baseman in the NL.

by June 11, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
The Danger, in Detail, of a Long-Term Extension and Other Bullets

The Danger, in Detail, of a Long-Term Extension and Other Bullets

Justin Verlander’s steep decline after signing a mega-deal is enough to give you pause about a lot of things.

by June 11, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs News
When Looking at the Cubs’ 2014 Draft as a Whole, It’s a Pretty Clear Success

When Looking at the Cubs’ 2014 Draft as a Whole, It’s a Pretty Clear Success

There was a strategy, and the Cubs executed it effectively. From where we sit today, it’s a good looking draft.

The Difficulty in Just Trying to Enjoy a Damn Winning Streak

The Difficulty in Just Trying to Enjoy a Damn Winning Streak

The Chicago Cubs have won five games in a row. That’s a good thing, but can we enjoy it as much as we should?

by June 8, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Chicago Cubs Where Are They Now: Matt Murton

Chicago Cubs Where Are They Now: Matt Murton

Remember this early sabermetric darling? He didn’t stick too long with the Cubs, though – how have things played out for him?

by June 2, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Analyzing the Chicago Cubs Rooftop Contract and Anticipated Legal Fight

Analyzing the Chicago Cubs Rooftop Contract and Anticipated Legal Fight

The entire rooftop contract has been released, and it provides a more comprehensive window into the expected dispute.

by May 30, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Is Jake Arrieta Suddenly a Groundball Stud?

Is Jake Arrieta Suddenly a Groundball Stud?

Arrieta’s groundball rate is up significantly this year, and it appears to be reflective of a slight change in his approach.

by May 30, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Obsessive Wrigley Renovation Watch: Caught Up in the Politics, Fenway as a “Model”

Obsessive Wrigley Renovation Watch: Caught Up in the Politics, Fenway as a “Model”

More on yesterday’s snag. Also: I’m not sure folks realize how many advertising signs there are at Fenway Park.

So, the Chicago Cubs Have a Positive Run Differential … and the Worst Record in Baseball

So, the Chicago Cubs Have a Positive Run Differential … and the Worst Record in Baseball

That can’t be the kind of thing that happens all that frequently. Let’s look a little more at the numbers, and discuss implications.

by May 21, 2014 Analysis and Commentary

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