Analysis and Commentary


“Pitch Tunnels” and Another Area Where Cubs Pitchers Excel

“Pitch Tunnels” and Another Area Where Cubs Pitchers Excel

The art of making your pitches look like each other for as long as possible.

by February 19, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
Kris Bryant Significantly Improved Contact AND Power Last Year and Other Bullets

Kris Bryant Significantly Improved Contact AND Power Last Year and Other Bullets

That’s a tough combo to pull off, especially to the extremes that Bryant did.


Two More Measures Peg the Cubs Atop the Baseball World Heading Into 2017

Two More Measures Peg the Cubs Atop the Baseball World Heading Into 2017

They may not be match previous projections, but yet another set of measures have the Cubs winning the NL Central, at a minimum.

by February 17, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
The Financial and Other Advantages of Trading for Wade Davis and Other Bullets

The Financial and Other Advantages of Trading for Wade Davis and Other Bullets

The trade makes a list of the top offseason moves for a number of reasons. That, and much more this morning.

More on Jason Heyward’s Revamped Swing, Including Fresh Batting Practice Video

More on Jason Heyward’s Revamped Swing, Including Fresh Batting Practice Video

He’s putting in the work on some specific things, but will it pay off for Jason Heyward? Check out the videos to see where his swing is right now.

More on the Cubs’ Plan for Kyle Schwarber Behind the Plate

More on the Cubs’ Plan for Kyle Schwarber Behind the Plate

Schwarber will look like a duck and sound like a duck regularly, as it were, but he may walk like a duck only a couple days a week.

Cubs Passed on Recent Signings to Reserve Funds for In-Season Trades, and to Stay Under Luxury Tax

Cubs Passed on Recent Signings to Reserve Funds for In-Season Trades, and to Stay Under Luxury Tax

It was a strong offseason for the Cubs, who want to make sure they have flexibility under the luxury tax limit this year.


Mike Montgomery’s Shot to Lock Down a Rotation Job and Other Bullets

Mike Montgomery’s Shot to Lock Down a Rotation Job and Other Bullets

However the rotation shakes out, I’d sure like to see Montgomery get a full and fair shot to show what he can do in 2017 … because 2018 and beyond is important, too.

Kyle Schwarber is a Top Five Left Fielder and Other Bullets

Kyle Schwarber is a Top Five Left Fielder and Other Bullets

Everyone believes in what Kyle Schwarber can do at the plate, and I can’t wait to see it in action this year.

Did Joe Maddon’s Quick Hook Contribute to Jason Hammel’s Departure from the Cubs? And Other Bullets

Did Joe Maddon’s Quick Hook Contribute to Jason Hammel’s Departure from the Cubs? And Other Bullets

A report indicates that part of the reason Hammel didn’t want his option picked up was because he felt Maddon had lost faith in him.

Bust Risks Aplenty in the Bullpen for the Cubs, Apparently, and Other Bullets

Bust Risks Aplenty in the Bullpen for the Cubs, Apparently, and Other Bullets

The Cubs may not have as many “sure things” in the bullpen as you may have thought.

Willson Contreras’ Contact Quality Suggests That He Was A Top Five Offensive Catcher in 2016

Willson Contreras’ Contact Quality Suggests That He Was A Top Five Offensive Catcher in 2016

Those sort of batted ball peripherals bode well for his future.

by February 10, 2017 Analysis and Commentary

Theo Epstein on Why It’s So Difficult to Repeat as Champions

Theo Epstein on Why It’s So Difficult to Repeat as Champions

Winning it all again is going to be tough, because winning it all is tough.

Jake Arrieta’s No-Hitters, and a Throwback to His Days in Iowa (VIDEOS)

Jake Arrieta’s No-Hitters, and a Throwback to His Days in Iowa (VIDEOS)

When Jake Arrieta first arrived with the Cubs, it wasn’t in Chicago. It was in Iowa.

by February 10, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
Getting to Know New Cubs Righty Alec Mills

Getting to Know New Cubs Righty Alec Mills

A control-type pitcher with a diverse repertoire, Mills adds to the Cubs’ suddenly-growing upper-level pitching depth.