Analysis and Commentary


The Cubs Probably Have the Best Farm System in Baseball, But What’s That Worth?

The Cubs Probably Have the Best Farm System in Baseball, But What’s That Worth?

We know it’s a good thing, and we know it will probably help the Cubs compete … but how much?

Justin Grimm as a Dominant Reliever and Other Bullets

Justin Grimm as a Dominant Reliever and Other Bullets

It was easy to dream on Grimm as a successful starter, but, along the way, he showed all the hallmarks of a dominant bullpen conversion.


New MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred is “Open” to Banning Extreme Shifts

New MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred is “Open” to Banning Extreme Shifts

And here’s why that’s a good thing. No, not the banning shifts part, but the “open” part.

Ernie Banks’ Unique Talents Extended Far From the Baseball Diamond

Ernie Banks’ Unique Talents Extended Far From the Baseball Diamond

Mr. Cub was as loved and admired for the things he did off the field as on it.

by January 25, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
The Chicago Cubs 2015 ZiPS Projections Have Been Released

The Chicago Cubs 2015 ZiPS Projections Have Been Released

The team looks to have quality depth, but not a ton in the way of impact performances. All in all, though? Looking good.

by January 23, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Various Thoughts on the Rooftops’ Lawsuit Against the Chicago Cubs

Various Thoughts on the Rooftops’ Lawsuit Against the Chicago Cubs

What are the claims really about? Are they strong? Where does this go from here?

by January 22, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Checking Back In On Chicago Cubs’ Current Payroll Commitments

Checking Back In On Chicago Cubs’ Current Payroll Commitments

How much do the Cubs project to spend in 2015 on payroll, given the current roster? Where could they go from here?

by January 20, 2015 Analysis and Commentary

A Range of Takes and Additional Info on the Dexter Fowler Trade

A Range of Takes and Additional Info on the Dexter Fowler Trade

What are folks saying about the deal? And also, well, other stuff and things.

Dexter Fowler is Just the Latest Addition in a Truly Impressive Offseason

Dexter Fowler is Just the Latest Addition in a Truly Impressive Offseason

Step back and look at what the Cubs have accomplished this Winter, and you will be impressed.

An Early, Semi-Rational Take on the Cubs Trading Valbuena and Straily for Fowler

An Early, Semi-Rational Take on the Cubs Trading Valbuena and Straily for Fowler

It’s sad to see Valbuena go, but the Cubs did the right thing. And they reiterated that they really do want to win in 2015.

by January 19, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Junior Lake Apparently Made Some Changes in the DWL, and He’s Been a Walk Machine

Junior Lake Apparently Made Some Changes in the DWL, and He’s Been a Walk Machine

How much does the change mean? How much do the walks mean? We won’t know for a while, but it costs almost nothing to find out.


Taking a Look at Chicago Cubs Pitcher Injury Estimations for 2015

Taking a Look at Chicago Cubs Pitcher Injury Estimations for 2015

We know that the Cubs have had good fortune the last few years when it comes to pitcher health. Can we project more of the same for 2015?

by January 14, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
On Ohio State Winning It All, and What’s Ahead for the Chicago Cubs

On Ohio State Winning It All, and What’s Ahead for the Chicago Cubs

The Buckeyes just won it all, triggering madness throughout Columbus. But that’s nothing.

by January 14, 2015 Analysis and Commentary