Analysis and Commentary


Upcoming Reliever Debuts: Davis, Uehara, Rondon, Strop, Grimm, Edwards

Upcoming Reliever Debuts: Davis, Uehara, Rondon, Strop, Grimm, Edwards

At last, the “core” of the bullpen will make their Spring Training debuts.

Eddie Butler Was Better Than He Seemed Last Year (But Still Has a Ways to Go)

Eddie Butler Was Better Than He Seemed Last Year (But Still Has a Ways to Go)

Let’s be quite clear that Eddie Butler was not great last year. However, his results were even worse than they “should” have been.

by March 2, 2017 Analysis and Commentary

That Trade Was the Best Thing for Jorge Soler, Whose Presence with the Cubs Would Be Complicated

That Trade Was the Best Thing for Jorge Soler, Whose Presence with the Cubs Would Be Complicated

Can you imagine the Spring Training conversations we’d be having right now about the outfield if Soler were still a Cub?

The Truth About Epstein’s Swing, About Hammel’s Decision, and Other Bullets

The Truth About Epstein’s Swing, About Hammel’s Decision, and Other Bullets

Did Epstein really crush the ball? Also, what exactly went down with Hammel’s decision to depart? And, some words of support for Luis.

What If the Cubs Tried to Extend Kris Bryant? Just How Enormous Would the Deal Have to Be?

What If the Cubs Tried to Extend Kris Bryant? Just How Enormous Would the Deal Have to Be?

A Kris Bryant extension, if it were even possible, would have to be enormous.

by March 1, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
Cubs Front Office Dynamics, Risking a Rebuild, and Other Bullets

Cubs Front Office Dynamics, Risking a Rebuild, and Other Bullets

Thinking back through the Cubs’ rebuild, and how much went right for the Cubs – and how things could have gone wrong.

Spring Training Miscellany: Angels 7, Cubs 5 – Mills and Smith Debut, Russell Bombs, More

Spring Training Miscellany: Angels 7, Cubs 5 – Mills and Smith Debut, Russell Bombs, More

The Cubs didn’t tie the game, so that’s a start. Eyes on two of the Cubs’ recent pitching acquisitions, as well as Heyward’s swing.


Ben Zobrist May Be Moving Around and Resting a Bit More This Year

Ben Zobrist May Be Moving Around and Resting a Bit More This Year

The plan last year was to have Zobrist as the primary second baseman, but that may not be the plan going into 2017.

Cubs Farm System Ranked 16th, Which is Fantastic, and I’ll Explain Why

Cubs Farm System Ranked 16th, Which is Fantastic, and I’ll Explain Why

Consider for a moment how the Cubs’ farm system has been used the past few years, and also how limited the Cubs’ options for adding to it.

Dexter Fowler’s Goal is to Make the Cardinals More Like the Cubs

Dexter Fowler’s Goal is to Make the Cardinals More Like the Cubs

Which … I mean … is smart, right?

Continuing Rookie of the Year Trends, Caleb Smith’s Velocity, Rotation Order, and Other Bullets

Continuing Rookie of the Year Trends, Caleb Smith’s Velocity, Rotation Order, and Other Bullets

If the Cubs are going to get Rookie of the Year votes this year, who’s going to get them?

Using Both Montgomery and Anderson as Starters This Year, and Other Bullets

Using Both Montgomery and Anderson as Starters This Year, and Other Bullets

I still love the idea of using six-ish starting pitchers.


Unveiling Heyward’s Swing, Strop’s Role, Almora’s Ability, and Other Bullets

Unveiling Heyward’s Swing, Strop’s Role, Almora’s Ability, and Other Bullets

Games begin today, which means we’ll finally have some live-pitching visuals on Heyward’s new swing. Also: Pedro Strop is awesome.

Two Cubs Starting Pitchers Are Ranked Among the Top 10 in Baseball

Two Cubs Starting Pitchers Are Ranked Among the Top 10 in Baseball

The Cubs’ rotation features two of baseball’s pitchers, but a case can be made for a third pitcher who was snubbed.

How the Cubs Subtly Reinvent Pitchers Like Brett Anderson, Eddie Butler, Alec Mills, and Casey Kelly

How the Cubs Subtly Reinvent Pitchers Like Brett Anderson, Eddie Butler, Alec Mills, and Casey Kelly

The Cubs are lacking upper-level pitching depth, but they’ve got the right guys in place to find some hidden gems.