Analysis and Commentary


Early Defensive Metrics and a Difference of Opinion on Dexter Fowler

Early Defensive Metrics and a Difference of Opinion on Dexter Fowler

Depending on your preferred defensive metric, Dexter Fowler is playing well — or poorly.

by May 11, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Kris Bryant’s Early Count Approach, the Lack of Power, and Why You Shouldn’t Worry

Kris Bryant’s Early Count Approach, the Lack of Power, and Why You Shouldn’t Worry

A couple of great reads on the how and why of Bryant’s season so far. Not that you needed more reasons to not worry, but here they are.

by May 9, 2015 Analysis and Commentary

BT at BP: Cubs Versus Cardinals, By the Numbers – Was the Series Outcome “Fair”?

BT at BP: Cubs Versus Cardinals, By the Numbers – Was the Series Outcome “Fair”?

It’s easy to, anecdotally, grouse about the Cardinals’ luck on dribblers and the Cubs’ tough luck on line drives … but do the numbers bear it out?

by May 8, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
How Strange is it that Kris Bryant Hasn’t Homered Yet? And Other Bullets

How Strange is it that Kris Bryant Hasn’t Homered Yet? And Other Bullets

I’m still not concerned, but I got curious: how many homers would we have expected Bryant to have by this point?

Joe Maddon Ejected for Arguing the Strike Zone – And What He Did Was Pretty Important

Joe Maddon Ejected for Arguing the Strike Zone – And What He Did Was Pretty Important

Maddon sent a powerful message to his young players.

Addison Russell Has Been Really Impressive, Especially Lately (Stats and Videos)

Addison Russell Has Been Really Impressive, Especially Lately (Stats and Videos)

How about a .375/.423/.750 line over his last seven games? That do anything for you?

Understanding How Strikeout Rates Relate to Rookies Like Kris Bryant

Understanding How Strikeout Rates Relate to Rookies Like Kris Bryant

Kris Bryant is going to strike out a lot, but history suggests that’s normal for power hitting rookies. And his walks are more than offsetting it.

by May 6, 2015 Analysis and Commentary

Kyle Hendricks Lacking Feel and Movement and Other Bullets

Kyle Hendricks Lacking Feel and Movement and Other Bullets

Something was clearly just a bit off last night, and hopefully it doesn’t last. Also: Anthony Rizzo is a great guy.

Starlin Castro’s Surging Groundball Rate and Early Weak Contact

Starlin Castro’s Surging Groundball Rate and Early Weak Contact

Castro’s groundball rate is now the second highest in baseball, far out of whack with his historical approach.

by May 5, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Anthony Rizzo’s Incredible Discipline

Anthony Rizzo’s Incredible Discipline

Rizzo has become exceptional at the plate in every sense of the word.

by May 5, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Getting Up

Getting Up

Crazed baseball fandom can make for some difficult mornings.

by May 5, 2015 Analysis and Commentary

Edwin Jackson Looking Good Out of the Bullpen (So Far)

Edwin Jackson Looking Good Out of the Bullpen (So Far)

It’s only May, but Edwin Jackson seems to have carved a role as a low-leverage reliever. And he hasn’t pitched poorly in his spots.

by May 4, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Momma Said There’d Be Offensive Stretches Like This and Other Bullets

Momma Said There’d Be Offensive Stretches Like This and Other Bullets

The Cubs have scored just three runs in their last 31 innings. These stretches will come and go.