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Yet Another Problem with the Current Draft System

Yet Another Problem with the Current Draft System

Providing extreme incentives not to finish school is troubling.

Financial Flexibility, Future Chicago Cubs Trade Activity, and the Impending IFA Period

Financial Flexibility, Future Chicago Cubs Trade Activity, and the Impending IFA Period

How active will the Cubs be on the trade market? How much salary can they take on? And how do those things relate to the new IFA period, coming in 10 days?

Cubs One of the Least Defensive-Shifting Teams in Baseball?

Cubs One of the Least Defensive-Shifting Teams in Baseball?

A curiosity in the shifting statistics.

by June 23, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
MLB’s Youth Movement Is Real and Spectacular

MLB’s Youth Movement Is Real and Spectacular

The incoming wave of high-end rookies highlights MLB’s newest trend — a rapidly growing youth movement.

by June 23, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
BT at BP: Attendance with Full Bleachers Strong for the Cubs

BT at BP: Attendance with Full Bleachers Strong for the Cubs

Back to Wrigley Field today, the Cubs have been hosting a nice uptick in attendance. And that’s very important going forward.

Changing Philosophy on Starlin Castro’s Batted Ball Approach

Changing Philosophy on Starlin Castro’s Batted Ball Approach

Is Castro trying to pull the ball to much? Is it really that simple? It rarely is.

by June 19, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
The Pirates Are Pretty Much on Fire, Further Clouding the NL Central and Wild Card

The Pirates Are Pretty Much on Fire, Further Clouding the NL Central and Wild Card

Winners of seven in a row, the Pirates are separating from the pack. What does that mean for the Cubs?

Reliever Notes: Medina, Rosscup, Ramirez, Johnson

Reliever Notes: Medina, Rosscup, Ramirez, Johnson

He didn’t have an opportunity to impress too much last night, but I loved what Yoervis Medina did. Also, Neil Ramirez pitched.

Your Must Read of the Day: John Baker on Playing the Game the Right Way

Your Must Read of the Day: John Baker on Playing the Game the Right Way

The former Cubs catcher talks about why players do the things they do, and why fans should better understand it.

by June 17, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Does Striking Out Actually Help Cubs Beat Dominant Starting Pitchers?

Does Striking Out Actually Help Cubs Beat Dominant Starting Pitchers?

It sounds counterintuitive, but there’s a little something here.

by June 16, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
The Arrival of Kyle Schwarber and the Competitive 2015 Chicago Cubs

The Arrival of Kyle Schwarber and the Competitive 2015 Chicago Cubs

The next big Chicago Cubs prospect is on his way, perhaps much earlier than folks expected. It says a lot about the Cubs, and about Kyle Schwarber.

Cubs, Red Sox Are Different Sides of the Same Coin

Cubs, Red Sox Are Different Sides of the Same Coin

Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, and Ben Cherington have exploited market inefficiencies in the past to build winners. Are they doing it again?

by June 12, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Questions at the Back of the Cubs’ Rotation and Other Bullets

Questions at the Back of the Cubs’ Rotation and Other Bullets

Another rough outing for Tsuyoshi Wada, and the questions are going to come up. Also, a “hey mom!” TV moment from the game last night.

Cubs Have Several Unconventional Options For Designated Hitter

Cubs Have Several Unconventional Options For Designated Hitter

The Cubs will play 7 of their next 13 games with a DH and have some interesting candidates for the role.

by June 9, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Any Chance Kyle Schwarber Comes Up to Cubs Soon as DH?

Any Chance Kyle Schwarber Comes Up to Cubs Soon as DH?

That question might have seemed crazy a couple months ago, but I think it’s very reasonable right now, all things considered.

Astros Calling Up Top Prospect Carlos Correa – Would You Rather Have Him or Kris Bryant?

Astros Calling Up Top Prospect Carlos Correa – Would You Rather Have Him or Kris Bryant?

You’d think Bryant would win in a landslide if execs were asked that question. But he didn’t.

MLB Draft History: Finding Value in 9th Pick Has Been Difficult

MLB Draft History: Finding Value in 9th Pick Has Been Difficult

After suffering through another losing season, it’s time for Cubs fans to once again find value in the draft.

Anthony Rizzo is Finally Seeing Runners On Base, and He’s Making the Most of It

Anthony Rizzo is Finally Seeing Runners On Base, and He’s Making the Most of It

Anthony Rizzo has seen an increase in opportunities with runners on and is taking advantage.

by June 6, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Chicago Cubs’ Prospect Jen-Ho Tseng Working to Improve Velocity

Chicago Cubs’ Prospect Jen-Ho Tseng Working to Improve Velocity

Cubs pitching prospect Jen-Ho Tseng is trying something new and getting some quality results.

Jake Arrieta Dominates the Nationals, is Among the League’s Spin Leaders

Jake Arrieta Dominates the Nationals, is Among the League’s Spin Leaders

Another way to quantify how special Jake Arrieta’s performance is.

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