Analysis and Commentary


Cubs One of the Least Defensive-Shifting Teams in Baseball?

Cubs One of the Least Defensive-Shifting Teams in Baseball?

A curiosity in the shifting statistics.

by June 23, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
MLB’s Youth Movement Is Real and Spectacular

MLB’s Youth Movement Is Real and Spectacular

The incoming wave of high-end rookies highlights MLB’s newest trend — a rapidly growing youth movement.

by June 23, 2015 Analysis and Commentary

BT at BP: Attendance with Full Bleachers Strong for the Cubs

BT at BP: Attendance with Full Bleachers Strong for the Cubs

Back to Wrigley Field today, the Cubs have been hosting a nice uptick in attendance. And that’s very important going forward.

Changing Philosophy on Starlin Castro’s Batted Ball Approach

Changing Philosophy on Starlin Castro’s Batted Ball Approach

Is Castro trying to pull the ball to much? Is it really that simple? It rarely is.

by June 19, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
The Pirates Are Pretty Much on Fire, Further Clouding the NL Central and Wild Card

The Pirates Are Pretty Much on Fire, Further Clouding the NL Central and Wild Card

Winners of seven in a row, the Pirates are separating from the pack. What does that mean for the Cubs?

Reliever Notes: Medina, Rosscup, Ramirez, Johnson

Reliever Notes: Medina, Rosscup, Ramirez, Johnson

He didn’t have an opportunity to impress too much last night, but I loved what Yoervis Medina did. Also, Neil Ramirez pitched.

Your Must Read of the Day: John Baker on Playing the Game the Right Way

Your Must Read of the Day: John Baker on Playing the Game the Right Way

The former Cubs catcher talks about why players do the things they do, and why fans should better understand it.

by June 17, 2015 Analysis and Commentary

Does Striking Out Actually Help Cubs Beat Dominant Starting Pitchers?

Does Striking Out Actually Help Cubs Beat Dominant Starting Pitchers?

It sounds counterintuitive, but there’s a little something here.

by June 16, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
The Arrival of Kyle Schwarber and the Competitive 2015 Chicago Cubs

The Arrival of Kyle Schwarber and the Competitive 2015 Chicago Cubs

The next big Chicago Cubs prospect is on his way, perhaps much earlier than folks expected. It says a lot about the Cubs, and about Kyle Schwarber.

Cubs, Red Sox Are Different Sides of the Same Coin

Cubs, Red Sox Are Different Sides of the Same Coin

Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, and Ben Cherington have exploited market inefficiencies in the past to build winners. Are they doing it again?

by June 12, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Questions at the Back of the Cubs’ Rotation and Other Bullets

Questions at the Back of the Cubs’ Rotation and Other Bullets

Another rough outing for Tsuyoshi Wada, and the questions are going to come up. Also, a “hey mom!” TV moment from the game last night.


Cubs Have Several Unconventional Options For Designated Hitter

Cubs Have Several Unconventional Options For Designated Hitter

The Cubs will play 7 of their next 13 games with a DH and have some interesting candidates for the role.

by June 9, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Any Chance Kyle Schwarber Comes Up to Cubs Soon as DH?

Any Chance Kyle Schwarber Comes Up to Cubs Soon as DH?

That question might have seemed crazy a couple months ago, but I think it’s very reasonable right now, all things considered.