Analysis and Commentary


Delicate Patience for Jorge Soler’s Development and Other Bullets

Delicate Patience for Jorge Soler’s Development and Other Bullets

It could be a tough year for Soler to really settle in and make his adjustments.

It’s Here! Welcome to the 2016 Chicago Cubs Season – Don’t Worry, Baby

It’s Here! Welcome to the 2016 Chicago Cubs Season – Don’t Worry, Baby

At last. We’re here. A new season, ready to unfold. Are you excited? Nervous? Happy? Every kind of feeling smushed into one?

by April 4, 2016 Analysis and Commentary

Baseball Sunday #2: Field of Dreams, A League of Their Own, Major League 1, 2, and Not Quite 3

Baseball Sunday #2: Field of Dreams, A League of Their Own, Major League 1, 2, and Not Quite 3

The most iconic baseball movie of the past 30 years? The best trilogy? A terrible flick?

by April 2, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Let’s Not Forget It: Travis Wood Was So Good as a Reliever Last Year

Let’s Not Forget It: Travis Wood Was So Good as a Reliever Last Year

Travis Wood was a fantastic reliever in 2015. Might he be even better in 2016? I think so.

by April 2, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Dexter Fowler and Jason Heyward slap gloves between innings.

Re-Evaluating the Defensive Component of WAR Raises Questions About Cubs Players

True-Talent WAR is an intriguing concept. Three Cubs rank within the top 20, but something about defensive value stands out.

by April 2, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
One Analysis Loves the Cubs’ Starting Pitchers Much More Than You Might Expect

One Analysis Loves the Cubs’ Starting Pitchers Much More Than You Might Expect

How about Kyle Hendricks as the fourth best pitcher in the NL Central?

by April 1, 2016 Analysis and Commentary

John Lackey’s Final Outing and the Hope for His Season and Other Bullets

John Lackey’s Final Outing and the Hope for His Season and Other Bullets

Lackey is ready and steady. I’m sorry about that rhyme. Also: Ross beloved, pitcher health, Castro missed, much more.

Neil Ramirez is Back in the Cubs’ Bullpen as the 8th Man

Neil Ramirez is Back in the Cubs’ Bullpen as the 8th Man

His role is unclear, but Joe Maddon believes Ramirez can still get outs.

The Defensive Questions in the Outfield and Other Bullets

The Defensive Questions in the Outfield and Other Bullets

The Cubs look solid defensively, except maybe two spots. Also: Munenori Kawasaki says he won’t bat flip anymore. Sigh.


Initial BP Playoff Odds Have Cubs at 82.2%, Plus Fun with Simulations

Initial BP Playoff Odds Have Cubs at 82.2%, Plus Fun with Simulations

How about a one in a million shot at winning just 58 games?

by March 30, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Starting Rotation and Bullpen Power Rankings – Hello, Cubs Again!

Starting Rotation and Bullpen Power Rankings – Hello, Cubs Again!

It’s not just the positional side of things where the Cubs show up near the top.

by March 29, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Javier Baez’s Thumb and Roster-Related Fall-Out (UPDATE: Baez to DL)

Javier Baez’s Thumb and Roster-Related Fall-Out (UPDATE: Baez to DL)

Who stays if Baez goes down? Who stays regardless?

Chicago Cubs Option Spencer Patton to AAA, Bullpen and Roster Taking Shape

Chicago Cubs Option Spencer Patton to AAA, Bullpen and Roster Taking Shape

Who’s left fighting for a spot?