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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?

Joe Maddon Ejected for Arguing the Strike Zone – And What He Did Was Pretty Important

Joe Maddon Ejected for Arguing the Strike Zone – And What He Did Was Pretty Important

Maddon sent a powerful message to his young players.

Addison Russell Has Been Really Impressive, Especially Lately (Stats and Videos)

Addison Russell Has Been Really Impressive, Especially Lately (Stats and Videos)

How about a .375/.423/.750 line over his last seven games? That do anything for you?

Understanding How Strikeout Rates Relate to Rookies Like Kris Bryant

Understanding How Strikeout Rates Relate to Rookies Like Kris Bryant

Kris Bryant is going to strike out a lot, but history suggests that’s normal for power hitting rookies. And his walks are more than offsetting it.

by May 6, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Kyle Hendricks Lacking Feel and Movement and Other Bullets

Kyle Hendricks Lacking Feel and Movement and Other Bullets

Something was clearly just a bit off last night, and hopefully it doesn’t last. Also: Anthony Rizzo is a great guy.

Starlin Castro’s Surging Groundball Rate and Early Weak Contact

Starlin Castro’s Surging Groundball Rate and Early Weak Contact

Castro’s groundball rate is now the second highest in baseball, far out of whack with his historical approach.

by May 5, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Anthony Rizzo’s Incredible Discipline

Anthony Rizzo’s Incredible Discipline

Rizzo has become exceptional at the plate in every sense of the word.

by May 5, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Getting Up

Getting Up

Crazed baseball fandom can make for some difficult mornings.

by May 5, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Edwin Jackson Looking Good Out of the Bullpen (So Far)

Edwin Jackson Looking Good Out of the Bullpen (So Far)

It’s only May, but Edwin Jackson seems to have carved a role as a low-leverage reliever. And he hasn’t pitched poorly in his spots.

by May 4, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Momma Said There’d Be Offensive Stretches Like This and Other Bullets

Momma Said There’d Be Offensive Stretches Like This and Other Bullets

The Cubs have scored just three runs in their last 31 innings. These stretches will come and go.

Kris Bryant Call-Up Paying Early Dividends All Over the Lineup

Kris Bryant Call-Up Paying Early Dividends All Over the Lineup

Despite being homer-less, Kris Bryant’s placement in the order has changed the dynamic of the Cubs’ offense.

by May 2, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Enjoying Jon Lester’s Great Start Against the Brewers (VIDEO)

Enjoying Jon Lester’s Great Start Against the Brewers (VIDEO)

Lester kept the Brewers off balance, and didn’t get squared up much all day.

May Has Arrived: Standings, Playoff Odds, Schedule Strength

May Has Arrived: Standings, Playoff Odds, Schedule Strength

The Cubs’ playoff odds right now are in the 60% range. Sounds pretty good to me. You?

by May 1, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Addison Russell the Latest Product Of Cubs Massive Roster Overhaul

Addison Russell the Latest Product Of Cubs Massive Roster Overhaul

Looking back at line-ups from April 2012 should provide a new sense of perspective on what’s happening at Wrigley Field.

by May 1, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
BT at BP: Why Aren’t the Cubs Turning Any Double Plays?

BT at BP: Why Aren’t the Cubs Turning Any Double Plays?

Did you know that the Cubs have turned the fewest double plays in baseball this year … by a really wide margin?

by May 1, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Hearting the Cubs’ Approach at the Plate and Other Bullets

Hearting the Cubs’ Approach at the Plate and Other Bullets

The Cubs are taking walks, getting on base, and buying in to an approach that makes pitchers work. Also: Schwarber, Russell, Wood, more.

It’s Early, but the Hope is the Cubs Can Be Buyers This Year – What Might They Buy?

It’s Early, but the Hope is the Cubs Can Be Buyers This Year – What Might They Buy?

As we sit here today at the close of April, how and where does it look like the Cubs might direct their resources?

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