Analysis and Commentary


Kyle Hendricks Has Evolved With Whiffs And Grounders Since Last Facing the Cardinals

Kyle Hendricks Has Evolved With Whiffs And Grounders Since Last Facing the Cardinals

The Cubs will see how much Kyle Hendricks has evolved since his last start against the Cardinals in early May.

by October 10, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Cubs Lineup Is Out: Righty-Heavy Against Lefty Jaime Garcia Despite Reverse Splits

Cubs Lineup Is Out: Righty-Heavy Against Lefty Jaime Garcia Despite Reverse Splits

Which isn’t necessarily the wrong thing to do. This is rather complicated stuff.


Jaime Garcia and the Potential for More Frustration and Other Bullets

Jaime Garcia and the Potential for More Frustration and Other Bullets

It’s another tough match-up today for the Cubs. How can they deal with it? Also, more on last night’s loss and some META.

So, Let’s Talk About the Strike Zone from Game One of the NLDS

So, Let’s Talk About the Strike Zone from Game One of the NLDS

It’s what many folks were focusing on last night, and, after taking a step back, I have conflicting thoughts.

by October 10, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
John Lackey Will Try to Get a Lot of Groundballs Tonight – How Should Cubs Attack Him?

John Lackey Will Try to Get a Lot of Groundballs Tonight – How Should Cubs Attack Him?

Some thoughts on how Lackey’s pitch evolution could play out tonight.

by October 9, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
These Chicago Cubs Are Not the 2008 Chicago Cubs

These Chicago Cubs Are Not the 2008 Chicago Cubs

The 2008 Chicago Cubs won 97 games. They were a powerhouse. They were swept in the playoffs.

by October 7, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
How Has Jake Arrieta Been So Successful Against the Pirates This Season?

How Has Jake Arrieta Been So Successful Against the Pirates This Season?

Diving into the data shows Jake Arrieta has had mounds of success against the Pirates’ quality offense.

by October 6, 2015 Analysis and Commentary

Early Arbitration Projections Out for Cubs, Who Could Have Some Tough Decisions

Early Arbitration Projections Out for Cubs, Who Could Have Some Tough Decisions

Who gets non-tendered? Who makes how much? Decisions lay ahead for the Cubs, and there’s a lot to discuss here.

Who’s on Your Chicago Cubs Wild Card Game Roster?

Who’s on Your Chicago Cubs Wild Card Game Roster?

The BN Staff offers up our takes on the roster, and a bit more.

by October 5, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Mixed Emotions for an Incredible Regular Season, Looming Postseason and Other Bullets

Mixed Emotions for an Incredible Regular Season, Looming Postseason and Other Bullets

What an incredible season it’s been. And now … I’m a little sad, but also nervous again.

The Chicago Cubs Have Broken the NL Strikeout Record, Which They Already Held

The Chicago Cubs Have Broken the NL Strikeout Record, Which They Already Held

Move over Kerry Wood, Mark Prior and the rest of the 2003 Cubs. The 2015 staff is full of record-breaking arms.

by October 4, 2015 Analysis and Commentary

Jake Arrieta’s Incredible 2015 Season Was Probably the Best in Modern Cubs History

Jake Arrieta’s Incredible 2015 Season Was Probably the Best in Modern Cubs History

Only one season in the last century or so even comes close.

by October 3, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
What Does a Hot September Mean For October?

What Does a Hot September Mean For October?

The Cubs have had hot and cold streaks leading into the postseason in prior years. But what does it mean?

by October 2, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Addison Russell is ESPN’s Defensive Player of the Month, Has Been Ridiculously Good

Addison Russell is ESPN’s Defensive Player of the Month, Has Been Ridiculously Good

We probably don’t say enough just how good Russell has been with the leather.

Credit Where It’s Due, and the Value of Inaction

Credit Where It’s Due, and the Value of Inaction

I wanted the front office to do something back in July. They didn’t. I was disappointed. I was wrong.