Analysis and Commentary

Cubs’ Own Data Suggests 2017 Offense Could Be Even Better Than 2016

Cubs’ Own Data Suggests 2017 Offense Could Be Even Better Than 2016

The Cubs had one of the top three offenses in baseball last year. They believe they can be *even better* this year.

by March 30, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
Addison Russell’s Back Likely Won’t Cost Him Opening Day, But Remember the Short DL

Addison Russell’s Back Likely Won’t Cost Him Opening Day, But Remember the Short DL

No one is suggesting Russell will miss time yet. But I’m here to say, if it comes to that, there are reasons it’s not so bad.


Does the Math Support Having an Atypical Leadoff Hitter Like Kyle Schwarber?

Does the Math Support Having an Atypical Leadoff Hitter Like Kyle Schwarber?

We know this is the route the Cubs are going, and we know why. But is it the right move?

by March 28, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
Kris Bryant and the Cubs Are All Over the Top 50 Trade Value Rankings

Kris Bryant and the Cubs Are All Over the Top 50 Trade Value Rankings

You want valuable trade pieces? Well the Cubs have ’em in spades. (But you can’t have them.)

The Cubs Lost Again, Have a Terrible Spring Record, and Are Fine

The Cubs Lost Again, Have a Terrible Spring Record, and Are Fine

Just in case you were developing any concerns.

by March 28, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
Cubs Outfield Power Rankings: Not The Biggest Strength, But Far From a Weakness

Cubs Outfield Power Rankings: Not The Biggest Strength, But Far From a Weakness

Quite a range, with one Cubs outfield spot ranking in the top three, and another outfield spot ranking in the bottom three.

by March 27, 2017 Analysis and Commentary

Robust Statistical NL Central Preview Has the Cubs Waaaay Out in Front

Robust Statistical NL Central Preview Has the Cubs Waaaay Out in Front

This is my surprised face. But there’s actually still a lot of love for the Cardinals.

Cubs Homer Party: Rizzo, Almora x2, Rademacher, Burks (VIDEO)

Cubs Homer Party: Rizzo, Almora x2, Rademacher, Burks (VIDEO)

Plus discussion about the power potential for Almora.

La Stella’s Option Willingness, Javy Gonna Javy, Outfield Defense, and Other Bullets

La Stella’s Option Willingness, Javy Gonna Javy, Outfield Defense, and Other Bullets

Even if Tommy La Stella is willing to accept an option to Iowa, I still think he’s the right fit for the big league team.

Baseball Sunday: The Top 20 Baseball Movies

Baseball Sunday: The Top 20 Baseball Movies

I watched 20 baseball movies and ranked them. Judge me.

by March 26, 2017 Analysis and Commentary

The One Offensive Thing the Cubs Do Poorly: Steal Bases (And That’s OK!)

The One Offensive Thing the Cubs Do Poorly: Steal Bases (And That’s OK!)

You’re not going to see many stolen bases this year from the Cubs, and Joe Maddon’s not about to force the issue.

by March 24, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
Hey, This is Fun: Opening Day Cubs Lineups Throughout the Rebuild

Hey, This is Fun: Opening Day Cubs Lineups Throughout the Rebuild

Yes, the group certainly has changed dramatically over the years …

by March 24, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
The Chicago Cubs Have the Best Infield in Baseball, Right?

The Chicago Cubs Have the Best Infield in Baseball, Right?

The projections say the Cubs are in a class all their own.

by March 23, 2017 Analysis and Commentary
Ian Kinsler Wants Kids to Appreciate US-Style Baseball, As Opposed to Puerto Rican or Dominican Style

Ian Kinsler Wants Kids to Appreciate US-Style Baseball, As Opposed to Puerto Rican or Dominican Style

“That just wasn’t the way we were raised.”

Cubs’ Catching Tandem Projects to Be Top 10 in MLB, But Could Be Even Better

Cubs’ Catching Tandem Projects to Be Top 10 in MLB, But Could Be Even Better

Having a top ten group of backstops is good enough, so I won’t complain. But, well, the Cubs could probably be considered even better.

by March 22, 2017 Analysis and Commentary