Analysis and Commentary

The Length of Jake Arrieta’s Starts This Season, and Saving Innings for Later in the Year

The Length of Jake Arrieta’s Starts This Season, and Saving Innings for Later in the Year

The Cubs’ ace is fully on board with a plan to limit his innings a bit in the early going of the season.

Cubs Have a Favorable Projected Strength of Schedule, Though Even Better in NL East

Cubs Have a Favorable Projected Strength of Schedule, Though Even Better in NL East

The Cubs’ schedule projects to be slightly better than average, but it’s much rosier for the Mets and Nationals.


Kyle Hendricks Was Very Good Last Year, But Even Better Late in the Season – Why?

Kyle Hendricks Was Very Good Last Year, But Even Better Late in the Season – Why?

What changed for Hendricks that allowed his performance late in the year to soar?

by March 10, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
The Continuing Offensive Adjustment Process for Javy Baez and Other Bullets

The Continuing Offensive Adjustment Process for Javy Baez and Other Bullets

We focus a lot on Baez’s projected positional role, but we can’t lose sight of the adjustments he still has to make offensively.

Jed Hoyer Says Cubs Are Considering Kyle Schwarber as One Starter’s Personal Catcher

Jed Hoyer Says Cubs Are Considering Kyle Schwarber as One Starter’s Personal Catcher

There are definite benefits to that kind of plan, but also some artificial restrictions.

Rough Projected Opening Day Payrolls Put the Cubs Just About 6th Highest in Baseball

Rough Projected Opening Day Payrolls Put the Cubs Just About 6th Highest in Baseball

The Cubs’ payroll has flown up the last two years, moreso than any team in baseball.


Cubs and Jake Arrieta Reportedly Discussed Long-Term Extension, But No Dice For Now

Cubs and Jake Arrieta Reportedly Discussed Long-Term Extension, But No Dice For Now

A gap in the years is the primary issue, which is to be expected.

The Cubs Have the Luxury of, and Wisdom to, Rest Young Players and Other Bullets

The Cubs Have the Luxury of, and Wisdom to, Rest Young Players and Other Bullets

Rest isn’t just for older veterans anymore, especially if you want to be at your best late in the season.

Five Cubs Listed Among Jonah Keri’s MLB Trade Value Top 50

Five Cubs Listed Among Jonah Keri’s MLB Trade Value Top 50

The Cubs look to be loaded with five of baseball’s most valuable commodities.

by March 7, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Something to Consider: Extreme Outfield Shifting

Something to Consider: Extreme Outfield Shifting

Could the Cubs look to the next horizon on analytic-based defensive improvement?

by March 6, 2016 Analysis and Commentary

Getting Greedy About Cubs Redundancies and Back-Up Plans and Other Bullets

Getting Greedy About Cubs Redundancies and Back-Up Plans and Other Bullets

Wanting all the Cubs’ back-up-back-up-back-ups to be great. Keep them all!

Pictures, Videos, Highlights, and Reactions to the Cubs’ Home Opening Cactus League Win

Pictures, Videos, Highlights, and Reactions to the Cubs’ Home Opening Cactus League Win

Everything from today’s game, and a feel for what it was like to be there.

Ask Away: Future Rotations, Zobrist at SS, Breakfast Food, Best Beards and More!

Ask Away: Future Rotations, Zobrist at SS, Breakfast Food, Best Beards and More!

Long-term rotation considerations, back-up-back-up infielders, and much more.

Sure Enough, Cubs Are Also One of the Deepest Teams in Baseball

Sure Enough, Cubs Are Also One of the Deepest Teams in Baseball

The Cubs have high-end talent, this you know. But they’re also mighty deep.

by March 4, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Super Utility as a Designated Position, and Javy Baez May Be the Guy

Super Utility as a Designated Position, and Javy Baez May Be the Guy

It’s not just about having a back-up for various positions. A designated super utility player *IS* a position.