Analysis and Commentary


Time to Eat Crow: PITCHf/x Says Yesterday’s “Missed” Strike Threes Were Actually Balls

Time to Eat Crow: PITCHf/x Says Yesterday’s “Missed” Strike Threes Were Actually Balls

Data don’t lie. It looks like the Cubs earned their loss yesterday, rather than having it unfairly gifted to the Padres.

by April 18, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Happy Kris Bryant Day! Projections, Looking Back, Staying Grounded, Uniform Number, More

Happy Kris Bryant Day! Projections, Looking Back, Staying Grounded, Uniform Number, More

Today is a very good day, and fans should enjoy it. But there will be downs, together with the ups.

by April 17, 2015 Analysis and Commentary

Neil Ramirez Getting MRI on Shoulder Today, Roster Considerations Involving Kris Bryant

Neil Ramirez Getting MRI on Shoulder Today, Roster Considerations Involving Kris Bryant

Fingers crossed on a positive outcome for Ramirez, but, even in a good scenario, the Cubs may need to make a roster move.

Travis Wood is a Dirtbag (Which is a Good Thing) and Other Bullets

Travis Wood is a Dirtbag (Which is a Good Thing) and Other Bullets

When it comes to baseball players, that’s a good thing. Wood was dominant last night. Also: Bryant as number one, Maddon calls for Schlitter, and Rally Beaver.

Given the Injuries and Short Bench, is Kris Bryant Coming Up Friday or Saturday?

Given the Injuries and Short Bench, is Kris Bryant Coming Up Friday or Saturday?

I’ll answer my own question with a “not quite,” but a call-up at Wrigley Field for the weekend is looking more possible.

Let Me Help You Feel Very Good About the Cubs’ Record Through Seven Games

Let Me Help You Feel Very Good About the Cubs’ Record Through Seven Games

Baseball is funny like this.

by April 15, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Miguel Montero’s Value Already Showing Up

Miguel Montero’s Value Already Showing Up

Miguel Montero is beginning to show off the defensive assertiveness that made the Cubs want him in the offseason.


Lineup Construction 101: Six Different Cubs Lineups Through Six Games

Lineup Construction 101: Six Different Cubs Lineups Through Six Games

Even as he regularly changes things up, Joe Maddon is revealing some lineup tendencies.

by April 14, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
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