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Is the Kris Bryant Timeline Accelerating Thanks to Third Base Injuries?

Is the Kris Bryant Timeline Accelerating Thanks to Third Base Injuries?

No, I wouldn’t expect to see Bryant today or tomorrow, but the weekend has become plausible.

About Jon Lester’s Tough Night and Other Bullets

About Jon Lester’s Tough Night and Other Bullets

There are reasons for mild concern about some aspects, but not yet any reason to be seriously concerned, overall.

Brace Yourself for Piles and Piles of Jon Lester Pickoff Talk Today

Brace Yourself for Piles and Piles of Jon Lester Pickoff Talk Today

It’s a legitimate and worthwhile discussion about a baseball issue. But it’s probably going to get too much play today. Hopefully that ends tonight.

Weekend Catch-Up: Home Run Heroics, Batting Order Analysis, Olt’s Injury, Much More

Weekend Catch-Up: Home Run Heroics, Batting Order Analysis, Olt’s Injury, Much More

All in all, this was a pretty excellent weekend for Cubs fans.

Finding Positives From Negatives: Cubs Getting Guys On, Despite Offensive Woes

Finding Positives From Negatives: Cubs Getting Guys On, Despite Offensive Woes

The Cubs haven’t been getting them in, but they’ve been getting them on. And that’s half the battle.

by April 12, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Examining the Possible Value in Cubs Pitchers Batting Eighth

Examining the Possible Value in Cubs Pitchers Batting Eighth

There are risks involved with batting pitchers eighth, but the Cubs may be giving something up to get something more.

BT at BP: James Russell and the Results-Performance Disconnect

BT at BP: James Russell and the Results-Performance Disconnect

James Russell is back, and I suspect fans aren’t remembering his time with the Cubs as fondly as they should. That, then, turns into a broader discussion.

by April 10, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
The Importance of a Good Start for the Cubs Against a Central-Heavy Early Schedule

The Importance of a Good Start for the Cubs Against a Central-Heavy Early Schedule

The early schedule isn’t just Central-heavy, it’s really tough. And winning early is going to be hugely important for the Cubs.

by April 9, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
C.J. Edwards Will Begin the Season in the AA Tennessee Bullpen

C.J. Edwards Will Begin the Season in the AA Tennessee Bullpen

Edwards’ long-term role has always been a matter of debate, but this placement won’t necessarily close any doors.

The Successes of Jon Lester’s Opening Night

The Successes of Jon Lester’s Opening Night

While it’s easy – and correct – to look at Lester’s line and be disappointed, there’s actually quite a bit about which to be pleased.

by April 7, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Starlin Castro, Addison Russell and the Still-Too-Early Position Question

Starlin Castro, Addison Russell and the Still-Too-Early Position Question

Wondering where Starlin Castro and Addison Russell are going to play eventually is a worthy endeavor. But it’s still too soon to take a firm stand.

The Bright Spot: The Chicago Cubs’ Bullpen Strengths, Weaknesses, and Roles

The Bright Spot: The Chicago Cubs’ Bullpen Strengths, Weaknesses, and Roles

The Cubs bullpen was fantastic last night, as it was in the second half of 2014.

Breaking Down the Cubs’ Opening Day Payroll, and Projecting the Future

Breaking Down the Cubs’ Opening Day Payroll, and Projecting the Future

How do the Cubs spend their money, relative to other teams? And how might it change in the coming years?

The Cubs And Starlin Castro Have Come A Long Way Since 2012

The Cubs And Starlin Castro Have Come A Long Way Since 2012

Starlin Castro, who is the only player remaining from Theo Epstein’s first Cubs team, has been a constant source of success during the rebuild.

by April 5, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Welcome to the 2015 Chicago Cubs Season – Thanks for the Cookies, Bring on the Meal

Welcome to the 2015 Chicago Cubs Season – Thanks for the Cookies, Bring on the Meal

The future is here. At long last, it all matters.

by April 5, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Kris Bryant Could Be In Elite Company Among Rookie Third Basemen

Kris Bryant Could Be In Elite Company Among Rookie Third Basemen

If Bryant lives up to projections – even if his debut is delayed – it’ll be a year to remember.

Matt Szczur Hit a Massive Homer – His Fifth of the Spring (VIDEO)

Matt Szczur Hit a Massive Homer – His Fifth of the Spring (VIDEO)

Where do things stand for the suddenly-powerful Szczur? Is he the rare late-blooming breakout player?

Cubs Starting Rotation Ranked 7th on FanGraphs Depth Charts

Cubs Starting Rotation Ranked 7th on FanGraphs Depth Charts

The young bats get the bulk of the attention, but the Cubs’ rotation already projects to be strong.

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