Analysis and Commentary

Were the Cubs Terrible at Defensive Shifts Last Year?

Were the Cubs Terrible at Defensive Shifts Last Year?

A new analysis over at Beyond the Box Score says the Cubs were the least effective shifting team in baseball. By a lot.

The Cubs Have a Tough Early Schedule – But That’s Probably a Good Thing

The Cubs Have a Tough Early Schedule – But That’s Probably a Good Thing

Better to know what you are earlier in the year than later, isn’t it?

Myles’ MLB Pre-Preview

Myles’ MLB Pre-Preview

What is Myles looking forward to this year? The Cubs’ performance might not offer enough, but there’s other stuff.

A Year in Chicago Cubs TOOTBLANs

A Year in Chicago Cubs TOOTBLANs

What did the 2013 season look like for the Cubs on the basepaths?

The Desire for Hearty Spending and the Reality of Crummy Contracts

The Desire for Hearty Spending and the Reality of Crummy Contracts

The worst transactions of the offseason? Many were the ones for which Cubs fans were pining.

Theo Epstein on the Importance of Established Talent to Surround Youngsters

Theo Epstein on the Importance of Established Talent to Surround Youngsters

Setting aside all other reasons to acquire veteran, impact talent, it’s important for the development of prospects.

The Importance of Mike Olt’s Spring, and a Tentatively Good Start

The Importance of Mike Olt’s Spring, and a Tentatively Good Start

The slim chance that the Cubs can reclaim 2012 Mike Olt starts this week. The extremely early returns are good.

Building the Cubs: Parallel Fronts and Adjusting “The Plan”

Building the Cubs: Parallel Fronts and Adjusting “The Plan”

Were the Cubs ever really going to try and build on parallel fronts? If so, why haven’t they? What do we make of more losing?