The idea of the Angels trading Trout at some point is not so crazy. Talking about Cubs packages for him right now, though, probably is (a little).
Category: Analysis and Commentary
The Cubs head out for nine games, and it remains necessary to properly calibrate expectations.
Jake Arrieta and his teammates have turned ground balls into outs at an extremely high percentage.
Jason Heyward and several other big-money free agent signings have struggled mightily out of the gate.
Suggesting Arrieta hit Kang on purpose yesterday, for example. Also: the Cubs are leading the Central by a really wide margin at this point.
That might sound like a stretch for a guy who threw a no-hitter this season, but man, he was on.
Russell was always believed to be a future star. He’s well on his way this season.
The Cubs stole a stud in Hector Rondon to close games out, not unlike the way they stole a stud in Jake Arrieta to start games off.
Even after yesterday’s ugliness, the Chicago Cubs are still on top of the league in just about every way.
Bethancourt crushed the game-winner last night, but Lackey didn’t like him admiring it.
We have to talk about Soler right now, but the spot remains tough. Let me explain. Or try, anyway.
The Chicago Cubs dropped both halves of a double header and lost their second series of the year.
Bryant was already so good, but he’s getting better before our very eyes.
Zobrist is playing at his highest level in years, and it looks legit. Rizzo gets an extra hit, Hammel for president, and much more.
A “no weakness” team, as it were.
Baez and third and Bryant in left seems to be the defensive order of the day, when the day calls for defense.
See how Kris Bryant slashed his strikeout rate, while making contact at a more consistent level.
Was that send in the 11th inning really that bad?
Were the Cubs “scared”? Were they wrong? Or do the Nationals simply need to adjust? Can you imagine trying that against the Cubs?
You have to use the word “incredible” so many times that it nearly loses all meaning.
Cubs pitchers are walking a tightrope between skill and luck with their league-best strand rate.
Lots of fun stuff today, and you’re hopefully celebrating a mom somewhere.
Put the ball in play, and good things can happen. Russell’s quietly improving a ton at the plate.
Bryant is improving his offensive game this year, if you can believe it.
It’s early, but some changes in Fowler’s defensive positioning are paying off so far.
Jon Lester, not Jake Arrieta, leads the way among the starters.