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Does Jon Lester Have a Little Matt Garza in Him?

Does Jon Lester Have a Little Matt Garza in Him?

Let’s talk about pitching defense, and making the throw to first base.

by December 29, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
How Tommy La Stella Could Become Very Important and Other Bullets

How Tommy La Stella Could Become Very Important and Other Bullets

You just never know what’s going to happen in the Cubs’ infield, and second base could conceivably open up.

Are More Homers on the Way for Cubs Pitchers? And Other Bullets

Are More Homers on the Way for Cubs Pitchers? And Other Bullets

Cubs pitchers were among the best at keeping flyballs from leaving the ballpark last year. Will that continue into 2015?

Starlin Castro Issues Statement About Shooting, Agent Says Castro Was Cleared

Starlin Castro Issues Statement About Shooting, Agent Says Castro Was Cleared

Whatever Castro’s connection to the incident, it increasingly seems like an unsafe situation for him.

Envisioning Edwin Jackson in the Bullpen – Or Anywhere

Envisioning Edwin Jackson in the Bullpen – Or Anywhere

Could Jackson’s stuff play up in a one-inning role? Even if so, will there be a spot for him on the Cubs in 2015?

by December 27, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Remembering Brandon Webb and Thinking About Kyle Hendricks and Other Bullets

Remembering Brandon Webb and Thinking About Kyle Hendricks and Other Bullets

Not that you should hope on Hendricks to be the next Webb, but the latter’s story makes for an interesting reminder.

Thinking About the Projected 2015 Chicago Cubs Offense

Thinking About the Projected 2015 Chicago Cubs Offense

It’s hard not to really want another bat right now.

The Chicago Cubs’ World Series Odds Continue to Be a Little Silly

The Chicago Cubs’ World Series Odds Continue to Be a Little Silly

Anything better than 20-1 seems nuts to me, and the odds right now are way higher than that.

by December 26, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Checking Out New Cubs Pitcher Mike Kickham (with Video)

Checking Out New Cubs Pitcher Mike Kickham (with Video)

A power lefty who hasn’t quite broken through at the big league level. Might the Cubs see what he can do in relief?

The Relationship Between Pitching Styles and Defense and Other Bullets

The Relationship Between Pitching Styles and Defense and Other Bullets

Understanding the importance of defense is one thing, but understanding how the defense will perform relative to the kinds of pitchers it plays behind is another.

Kris Bryant and Emphasizing the Distinction Between Extra Control and Super Two

Kris Bryant and Emphasizing the Distinction Between Extra Control and Super Two

This figures to be one of the least fun topics over the next few months. I’ll do my best to keep our collective heads on straight.

If the Cubs Start Shopping Welington Castillo, What Kind of Deal is Likely or Desirable?

If the Cubs Start Shopping Welington Castillo, What Kind of Deal is Likely or Desirable?

How much value does Castillo offer in trade, and how do the Cubs best utilize that value to improve the 2015 team?

The Looming Threat of Ugly Contact Rates and Other Bullets

The Looming Threat of Ugly Contact Rates and Other Bullets

It’s probably part of the reason the Rays were willing to move Wil Myers – low contact rates can derail a career. Which makes me nervous for the Cubs.

The Financial Particulars of Jon Lester’s Contract, Including Annual Salary Breakdown

The Financial Particulars of Jon Lester’s Contract, Including Annual Salary Breakdown

As expected, the deal features a healthy bonus up front, and is backloaded from there.

Wesley Wright Signs with Baltimore Orioles, Recapping Cubs Lefty Situation

Wesley Wright Signs with Baltimore Orioles, Recapping Cubs Lefty Situation

The Cubs have a wide variety of options for the left-handed side of the pen, but it’s not at all clear what route they’ll take.

If Jon Lester Becomes the Cubs’ Version of Andy Pettitte, That Would Be Swell

If Jon Lester Becomes the Cubs’ Version of Andy Pettitte, That Would Be Swell

Not only is the comparison a superficial fit, it’s impressive how similar the two are as pitchers.

by December 16, 2014 Analysis and Commentary

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