Analysis and Commentary


John Lackey Has the Second Most Valuable Pitch in Baseball

John Lackey Has the Second Most Valuable Pitch in Baseball

How John Lackey is putting the second most valuable pitch in baseball to good use.

by June 30, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Hendricks Hero, Edwards Coming, Reds Lame, Kid Loves Bryant and Other Bullets

Hendricks Hero, Edwards Coming, Reds Lame, Kid Loves Bryant and Other Bullets

How about the work Kyle Hendricks put in to save the bullpen yesterday? Also: the Reds are probably ridiculous.


Jake Arrieta’s Mixed Night: Command Issues Persist, But at Least He Went Deep (VIDEO)

Jake Arrieta’s Mixed Night: Command Issues Persist, But at Least He Went Deep (VIDEO)

Jake Arrieta is struggling with some timing issues, but neither he nor his manager are concerned. So you shouldn’t be either. Right?

Another Metric Hearts the Cubs’ Ability to Avoid Hard Contact

Another Metric Hearts the Cubs’ Ability to Avoid Hard Contact

The Cubs are good at limiting hard contact: redux.

by June 28, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
The Importance of Hands-Off Ownership and the Status of Theo Epstein Contract Talks

The Importance of Hands-Off Ownership and the Status of Theo Epstein Contract Talks

One of the best things an effective owner can do is put the right people in charge of the sport operations and then get out of the way.

Jake Arrieta Basically Dares Batters to Swing Early Against Him

Jake Arrieta Basically Dares Batters to Swing Early Against Him

Adjustments to his approach may be the key for Arrieta to last deeper into games.

The New Cubs Bullpen: Concepcion’s Debut, Patton’s Numbers, Edwards’ Stuff, More

The New Cubs Bullpen: Concepcion’s Debut, Patton’s Numbers, Edwards’ Stuff, More

The Cubs’ bullpen looks very different than it did just a few days ago. How will it all shake out? How did Concepcion look last night?

by June 22, 2016 Analysis and Commentary

Too Many Words About One-Run Games and Good Teams and Other Bullets

Too Many Words About One-Run Games and Good Teams and Other Bullets

The Cubs aren’t suddenly less impressive because they have a losing record in one-run games.

How Did Willson Contreras Look Behind the Plate, and How Often Will We See Him?

How Did Willson Contreras Look Behind the Plate, and How Often Will We See Him?

The Cubs will be rotating in Contreras with some regularity, it sounds like. And that’s going to be nice.

Jed Hoyer Talks Bullpen Needs and Plans, Plus the Double-Edged Sword of Leverage

Jed Hoyer Talks Bullpen Needs and Plans, Plus the Double-Edged Sword of Leverage

When guys struggle in high-leverage spots, it really sticks out in your mind.

Let’s Talk About Albert Almora’s Decision to Run

Let’s Talk About Albert Almora’s Decision to Run

In the light of day, I still think it was a perfectly acceptable decision.

by June 21, 2016 Analysis and Commentary

The Cardinal Way Includes Headhunting Apparently and Other Bullets

The Cardinal Way Includes Headhunting Apparently and Other Bullets

Something the Cardinals did last night got me pretty heated.

Kyle Hendricks’ Elite Performance Last Night Continues a Trend

Kyle Hendricks’ Elite Performance Last Night Continues a Trend

You know who is really good? Yes, you do know. Don’t act like you don’t know.