Analysis and Commentary


Travis Wood’s Rough Patch and the Tsuyoshi Wada Decision

Travis Wood’s Rough Patch and the Tsuyoshi Wada Decision

The Cubs will have to make a decision soon on Wada’s future, and Wood’s current rough patch could impact that decision.

by May 15, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
So, What About Cubs Batters in High Leverage Situations?

So, What About Cubs Batters in High Leverage Situations?

Yesterday we checked on the pitchers with ugly results. How are the batters doing in the most important situations?

by May 14, 2015 Analysis and Commentary

The Cubs Aren’t Leaning on Their Bullpen as Much as You Might Think

The Cubs Aren’t Leaning on Their Bullpen as Much as You Might Think

If you assumed that the Cubs were having late-game difficulties because of an overly-used bullpen, you may be mistaken.

by May 13, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Checking In On Javier Baez at AAA Iowa – He Homered Last Night (VIDEO)

Checking In On Javier Baez at AAA Iowa – He Homered Last Night (VIDEO)

Baez is making subtle changes to his swing, and the results so far are positive.

Cubs Pitching Has Struggled at the Most Critical Times

Cubs Pitching Has Struggled at the Most Critical Times

If you thought you noticed something on this over the past few weeks, you were probably right.

by May 13, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Fun with Kris Bryant’s Big Night (VIDEOS)

Fun with Kris Bryant’s Big Night (VIDEOS)

Single, triple, homer. It capped off what’s been a great four-day stretch for Bryant.

Three Cubs Starters Have Been Particularly Tough to Square Up This Year

Three Cubs Starters Have Been Particularly Tough to Square Up This Year

It’s an interesting new way to evaluate pitcher performance.

by May 12, 2015 Analysis and Commentary

Pedro Strop’s Fastball Usage Dipping, Slider Rising – Any Implications?

Pedro Strop’s Fastball Usage Dipping, Slider Rising – Any Implications?

Pedro Strop struggled in his last four appearances (prior to Sunday) as his fastball usage has gone down.

by May 12, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Jon Lester Says He Stinks, But He’s Been Better Than That and Other Bullets

Jon Lester Says He Stinks, But He’s Been Better Than That and Other Bullets

Although he wasn’t pleased with his performance last night, Lester wasn’t too bad – and hasn’t been for a while.

Early Defensive Metrics and a Difference of Opinion on Dexter Fowler

Early Defensive Metrics and a Difference of Opinion on Dexter Fowler

Depending on your preferred defensive metric, Dexter Fowler is playing well — or poorly.

by May 11, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Kris Bryant’s Early Count Approach, the Lack of Power, and Why You Shouldn’t Worry

Kris Bryant’s Early Count Approach, the Lack of Power, and Why You Shouldn’t Worry

A couple of great reads on the how and why of Bryant’s season so far. Not that you needed more reasons to not worry, but here they are.

by May 9, 2015 Analysis and Commentary

BT at BP: Cubs Versus Cardinals, By the Numbers – Was the Series Outcome “Fair”?

BT at BP: Cubs Versus Cardinals, By the Numbers – Was the Series Outcome “Fair”?

It’s easy to, anecdotally, grouse about the Cardinals’ luck on dribblers and the Cubs’ tough luck on line drives … but do the numbers bear it out?

by May 8, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
How Strange is it that Kris Bryant Hasn’t Homered Yet? And Other Bullets

How Strange is it that Kris Bryant Hasn’t Homered Yet? And Other Bullets

I’m still not concerned, but I got curious: how many homers would we have expected Bryant to have by this point?