Analysis and Commentary


One Analysis Shows Cubs Could Have Significant Spending Flexibility

One Analysis Shows Cubs Could Have Significant Spending Flexibility

Whether they use it or not, the Cubs could be one of the most spending-flexible teams in baseball.

by November 9, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Addison Russell’s Elite Defense and Improving Bat and Other Bullets

Addison Russell’s Elite Defense and Improving Bat and Other Bullets

He didn’t win the Gold Glove last night, but Addison Russell is no less a stud.


2016 Cubs Postseason Heroes, Part I: The Position Players

2016 Cubs Postseason Heroes, Part I: The Position Players

Some of the Cubs’ leaders this postseason will not surprise you. Many might, though! For example? OPS leader: not who you’d expect.

by November 8, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
The Cubs’ Jason Hammel Decision, and Jason Hammel’s Cubs Decision

The Cubs’ Jason Hammel Decision, and Jason Hammel’s Cubs Decision

How the decision to part ways was made, including Hammel’s reported role in that decision.

When the Cubs Dynasty Questions Begin, It’s OK to Blink and Other Bullets

When the Cubs Dynasty Questions Begin, It’s OK to Blink and Other Bullets

I’m not saying it’s too early for that discussion, but there has to be a recognition of how difficult annual competition is.

The Impending Jason Hammel Option Decision

The Impending Jason Hammel Option Decision

Is it an easy call given the lack of depth in the organization and the lack of alternatives in free agency?

The Cubs’ Post-Win Celebration Was the Largest Gathering of People in US History

The Cubs’ Post-Win Celebration Was the Largest Gathering of People in US History

The 2016 Cubs continued their historic year by re-writing the record books with their celebration.

by November 5, 2016 Analysis and Commentary

Corey Kluber, Game Seven, and the Importance of Anthony Rizzo

Corey Kluber, Game Seven, and the Importance of Anthony Rizzo

Kluber has had the Cubs’ number twice in this series, but one batter adjusted quite well the second time.

by November 2, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
The Chapman Decision, Lester’s Availability, Watching Tonight, and Other Bullets

The Chapman Decision, Lester’s Availability, Watching Tonight, and Other Bullets

Lots to discuss after last night’s win and in advance of tonight’s wow-this-is-really-happening.

What Today Is

What Today Is

Whatever happens tonight, today is exceedingly special.

by November 2, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Chicago Cubs Game 6 Homer Party: Bryant, Russell, Rizzo Go Deep

Chicago Cubs Game 6 Homer Party: Bryant, Russell, Rizzo Go Deep

Three beautiful homers in a beautiful game.

by November 2, 2016 Analysis and Commentary

Lefties, Righties, Curveballs, and Javy Baez’s Sudden and Dramatic Regression

Lefties, Righties, Curveballs, and Javy Baez’s Sudden and Dramatic Regression

Has Baez really performed all that differently in the World Series than he did in the regular season?

by November 1, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
The Many Match-Up Musings for Game Six and Other Bullets

The Many Match-Up Musings for Game Six and Other Bullets

So many countervailing forces tonight in the game, which makes it very difficult to project.