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Statistical Fun with Mike Olt’s Odd Start to the Season

Statistical Fun with Mike Olt’s Odd Start to the Season

You don’t see too many players simultaneously at the top and bottom of so many offensive categories.

by May 20, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Sahadev Sharma: Sorting Out the Chicago Cubs’ Draft Options and Preferences

Sahadev Sharma: Sorting Out the Chicago Cubs’ Draft Options and Preferences

The Cubs may not be considering every name you’ve heard, and they continue to winnow the top of their board.

Dude, the Chicago Cubs Always Underperform Their Expected Record

Dude, the Chicago Cubs Always Underperform Their Expected Record

Would you believe me if I said the Cubs have underperformed their expected record in 16 of the last 21 season? You should.

by May 14, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Charting: Jake Arrieta Probably Did Get Squeezed a Bit Last Night

Charting: Jake Arrieta Probably Did Get Squeezed a Bit Last Night

Taking a look at Arrieta’s pitch locations from last night, it appears that he missed several calls.

by May 14, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Tom Ricketts and Crane Kenney Speak About the Renovation and the TV Deal

Tom Ricketts and Crane Kenney Speak About the Renovation and the TV Deal

Really fascinating stuff, particularly about the possible form and structure of the Cubs’ upcoming TV deal.

Fun With Edwin Jackson’s Big Night

Fun With Edwin Jackson’s Big Night

Edwin Jackson had his best outing as a Cub this week … so how much did it improve his numbers?

by May 9, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Myles: A Reminder to Chicago That This Series Means Nothing

Myles: A Reminder to Chicago That This Series Means Nothing

There’s a tiny bit of pride involved, and it technically counts in the standings, but that’s pretty much it.

by May 8, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Jed Hoyer Says the Win-Loss Pitcher Stat is a “Dangerous Thing”

Jed Hoyer Says the Win-Loss Pitcher Stat is a “Dangerous Thing”

He didn’t mean it in the same literal way I did yesterday, but he did dump on it as a meaningful tool for evaluation.

by May 7, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Not Only is the Pitcher W/L Stat Stupid and Useless, It’s Now Also Dangerous

Not Only is the Pitcher W/L Stat Stupid and Useless, It’s Now Also Dangerous

Will we ever be free from its pernicious clutches?

by May 6, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Rebuilding the Cubs and White Sox

Rebuilding the Cubs and White Sox

Two different approaches, sure. But what really matters is the two different situations.

by May 5, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Checking in on the Off-Day: If the Cubs Were 12-14 and Just 3 Games Behind the Brewers …

Checking in on the Off-Day: If the Cubs Were 12-14 and Just 3 Games Behind the Brewers …

It was an ugly month for the Cubs, and it could have been a lot better. Does that matter?

by May 1, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Fun With a Big Game: Rizzo, Castro, Castillo

Fun With a Big Game: Rizzo, Castro, Castillo

Three of the Cubs’ bats blew up in a big way last night – let’s look at the impact.

by May 1, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Junior Lake’s Problem This Year? The Whiffs

Junior Lake’s Problem This Year? The Whiffs

We all knew the strikeouts were a problem, but, more specifically, it’s the swinging and missing.

by April 30, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
The Cubs’ Bullpen Hasn’t Been As Bad As You Think, and It Could Get a Lot Better

The Cubs’ Bullpen Hasn’t Been As Bad As You Think, and It Could Get a Lot Better

There are some ugly numbers, but, when you provide a little context, it’s easy to step back from the ledge.

by April 29, 2014 Analysis and Commentary

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