Analysis and Commentary


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.

BT at BP: Christian Villanueva Remains a Guy to Watch, Even If You’re Not

BT at BP: Christian Villanueva Remains a Guy to Watch, Even If You’re Not

Overshadowed at every turn, Villanueva is putting together another great season.