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Junior Lake Sends One Way Deep, Offers Marlins Bench Advice, Benches Clear (VIDEO)

Junior Lake Sends One Way Deep, Offers Marlins Bench Advice, Benches Clear (VIDEO)

Fortunately, it never got too ugly. Lake was apologetic after the game.

Javier Baez Will Play Third Base Tonight for AAA Iowa

Javier Baez Will Play Third Base Tonight for AAA Iowa

While that doesn’t necessarily mean Baez would come back up to the Cubs as a third baseman, it could provide the team some options.

In Defense of Starlin Castro’s Defense, His Defense Was Really Good Last Night (VIDEO)

In Defense of Starlin Castro’s Defense, His Defense Was Really Good Last Night (VIDEO)

When Castro attacks the ball, he has his most success defensively.

Let’s Talk About Addison Russell Getting Thrown Out and Other Bullets

Let’s Talk About Addison Russell Getting Thrown Out and Other Bullets

I think most would agree that he made a mistake, but I’m curious about how things *should* have played out.

Any Chance Javier Baez is Back in Time for Interleague Action in AL Parks?

Any Chance Javier Baez is Back in Time for Interleague Action in AL Parks?

The Cubs have seven games against AL teams using the DH coming soon, and they could probably stand to have another bat around.

Travis Wood Was Bringing the Heat Last Night – Is It Here to Stay?

Travis Wood Was Bringing the Heat Last Night – Is It Here to Stay?

The TV gun had Wood up to 94mph last night, but PitchFX said he was throwing even harder than that.

by June 2, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
The Cubs May Have the Best Pitch-Framer in Baseball and Other Bullets

The Cubs May Have the Best Pitch-Framer in Baseball and Other Bullets

By one measure, at least, David Ross is the best in the biz this year. Miguel Montero isn’t too far behind, either.

Entering June, Chicago Cubs’ Playoff Odds Still Better than 50/50 Despite Tough Schedule

Entering June, Chicago Cubs’ Playoff Odds Still Better than 50/50 Despite Tough Schedule

The Cubs have been in a rough patch against good teams, but things still look relatively bright this year.

by June 1, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Are Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant the Best Hitting Duo in Baseball? And Other Bullets

Are Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant the Best Hitting Duo in Baseball? And Other Bullets

I’m certainly not going to argue with anyone who takes them.

Minor League Reliever Debuts and a Multi-Inning Discussion and Other Bullets

Minor League Reliever Debuts and a Multi-Inning Discussion and Other Bullets

I wonder if the Cubs could be working toward something creative and awesome with their pitcher usage.

BT at BP: Cubs Have Been Brutally Bad with Runners in Scoring Position So Far This Year

BT at BP: Cubs Have Been Brutally Bad with Runners in Scoring Position So Far This Year

The Cubs suddenly become very inept at the plate when runners reach scoring position. Is this a long-term concern or just a blip?

by May 30, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
55 Percent of MLB Fans Prefer Having Pitchers Hit, Says Poll

55 Percent of MLB Fans Prefer Having Pitchers Hit, Says Poll

There is agreement across the board. MLB fans prefer pitchers hitting instead of the DH.

Cubs Reliance on Home Runs Not As High As You Might Think

Cubs Reliance on Home Runs Not As High As You Might Think

Almost 34 percent of the Cubs’ offense has come courtesy of the home run; and that’s not as high of a percentage as you might think.

by May 28, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Expectations, Gray Area, and the Fan Obsession with Starlin Castro

Expectations, Gray Area, and the Fan Obsession with Starlin Castro

How did it come to this? Why can’t anyone have a rational discussion of Starlin Castro anymore? Still, I’m going to try.

by May 28, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Tonight’s Revamped Chicago Cubs’ Batting Order, and the Tricky Cleanup Spot

Tonight’s Revamped Chicago Cubs’ Batting Order, and the Tricky Cleanup Spot

Setting aside tonight, Starlin Castro continues to draw starts as the cleanup man despite a prolonged slump. Is there a better configuration?

by May 27, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Could Kyle Schwarber See the Big Leagues as Soon as This Year? Is Catching Still the Plan?

Could Kyle Schwarber See the Big Leagues as Soon as This Year? Is Catching Still the Plan?

Strictly speaking, the answers are yes and yes. Let’s talk about the future for Schwarber.

BT at BP: Positive Trends in Chicago Cubs Attendance Continue

BT at BP: Positive Trends in Chicago Cubs Attendance Continue

A huge part of the revenue – and, thus, baseball spending – story in the near-term is looking good.

by May 25, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
With Welington Castillo Gone, David Ross’s Offense Becomes More Important

With Welington Castillo Gone, David Ross’s Offense Becomes More Important

David Ross will have to do a little bit more offensively with Welington Castillo gone. Even if it is simply drawing walks.

by May 23, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Addison Russell is on a Tear in His Last 21 Games, Homered Last Night (VIDEO)

Addison Russell is on a Tear in His Last 21 Games, Homered Last Night (VIDEO)

Addison Russell adjusted for the first week of his big league career. Since then, he’s dominated.

by May 22, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Kyle Hendricks Shows the Best of Himself and Other Bullets

Kyle Hendricks Shows the Best of Himself and Other Bullets

Last night was the best that Kyle Hendricks can be … and it was really, really good.

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