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So, About that PTBNL in the Samardzija/Hammel Trade

So, About that PTBNL in the Samardzija/Hammel Trade

What does the timing look like, and how valuable might the piece be for the Cubs?

Analyzing Tsuyoshi Wada’s Big League Debut: What Did We See?

Analyzing Tsuyoshi Wada’s Big League Debut: What Did We See?

To my untrained eye, I saw a guy who could be a big league starter, albeit in a back-end role.

by July 9, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Farewell, Jeff Samardzija

Farewell, Jeff Samardzija

Samardzija’s was an interesting story from beginning to end with the Cubs, repeatedly making me feel stupid in the best way possible.

by July 7, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
What Happens to the Chicago Cubs Rotation in the Near-Term, with Samardzija and Hammel Gone?

What Happens to the Chicago Cubs Rotation in the Near-Term, with Samardzija and Hammel Gone?

The Cubs have a number of interesting options, including lefty Tsuyoshi Wada, whom they just added to the 40-man roster.

Guest Post: Buried By the Fourth of July

Guest Post: Buried By the Fourth of July

Ever wonder how frequently the Cubs are “in contention” come the Fourth of July? Spoiler alert: it’s not often.

by July 4, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
The Death of the 2014 Red Sox, and the Dream of the 2015 Chicago Cubs

The Death of the 2014 Red Sox, and the Dream of the 2015 Chicago Cubs

Are there real, meaningful implications of the Cubs’ sweep of the Red Sox? Is there meaning here, or are we just reaching?

by July 3, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Early Thoughts on (Presently) Quiet IFA Day for the Chicago Cubs

Early Thoughts on (Presently) Quiet IFA Day for the Chicago Cubs

Does it mean anything? Other than the fact that we jumped the gun on anticipating action?

Jake Arrieta Praise from All Corners, and Notes on His Dominance

Jake Arrieta Praise from All Corners, and Notes on His Dominance

Folks are catching on to just how good Arrieta has been. Again and again and again.

by July 1, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Is It Really Fair or Accurate to Say Jeff Samardzija’s Had a Bad June?

Is It Really Fair or Accurate to Say Jeff Samardzija’s Had a Bad June?

He didn’t get great results Saturday night, and his June 1 start in Milwaukee was a disaster. But what about in-between? And what about arbitrary endpoints?

by June 30, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
A Moment to Awe at Anthony Rizzo’s Season, and to Share a Great Article on His Development

A Moment to Awe at Anthony Rizzo’s Season, and to Share a Great Article on His Development

Rizzo has been unquestionably fantastic this year, and his approach at the plate embodies the Cubs’ philosophy.

by June 25, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Chicago Cubs Where Are They Now: Randy Wells

Chicago Cubs Where Are They Now: Randy Wells

Wells was a breakout starter for the Cubs in 2009. What’s he up to these days, what does he think of his time with the Cubs?

by June 24, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Jake Arrieta Has Pitched Like an Ace This Year

Jake Arrieta Has Pitched Like an Ace This Year

Small sample, sure. But the results are consistent with apparent approach changes and obviously excellent stuff.

by June 19, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Fun With Jake Arrieta’s Huge Game

Fun With Jake Arrieta’s Huge Game

Jake Arrieta dominated the Phillies last night, which gives us a chance to enjoy some numerical cake.

by June 14, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Jed Hoyer Says the Cubs Will “Likely” Spend Some Money This Offseason – I’d Certainly Think So

Jed Hoyer Says the Cubs Will “Likely” Spend Some Money This Offseason – I’d Certainly Think So

I’m glad to hear it, but, when you look at the numbers, it seems pretty obvious.

Not Hyperbole: Luis Valbuena Has Been One of the Best Players in Baseball This Year

Not Hyperbole: Luis Valbuena Has Been One of the Best Players in Baseball This Year

Any way you slice the numbers, Valbuena has been crazy good and crazy valuable. So what does his future hold?

by June 12, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Calling Up Prospects and the Impact on Attendance

Calling Up Prospects and the Impact on Attendance

The Pirates got an attendance bump from top prospect Gregory Polanco, but not as much as you might think.

by June 11, 2014 Analysis and Commentary

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