EconoBall: On Slugging Percentage and OPS

Last week I considered the impact of OBP on runs scored.  Today, I’m going to move on to the other half of OPS, slugging percentage. To get the importance of slugging percentage, I’m going talk in theory a bit (don’t worry, the math is coming). Last week, I assumed that three or more runners getting... Read more »

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Soler hits a bomb for first AAA HR (VIDEO); Concepcion promoted; Torres gets on 6 times, 4 for 4 with 2 walks

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Soler hits a bomb for first AAA HR (VIDEO);  Concepcion promoted; Torres gets on 6 times, 4 for 4 with 2 walks
As you may already know I spent the day at Kane County and we wrote some reports and took some pictures.  If you missed it. you can see that here to supplement the usual recaps. Promotion note:  Early in the game we were watching Gerardo Concepcion spend a lot of time talking to a woman... Read more »

Observations and Photos from the Kane County Games This Weekend

Jeffrey Baez
This is a joint effort here by Mauricio and me — and my wife, who took the photos for this piece.  My wife and I were at the game Sunday and Mauricio was there both Saturday and Sunday.  I  added the photo gallery with about 40 pictures some of the new players and a few... Read more »
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Anarchist's Brunch - I Know The Way So Don't You Run Away

Editor’s Note:  Today we have a very special edition of Anarchist’s Brunch.  Adam’s brother Sam, whom many of you know from his outstanding Blackhawks blog and program/newsletter, The Committed Indian. I Know The Way So Don’t You Run Away by Sam Fels I think the first thing to know about my brother and baseball is... Read more »

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Baez HRs twice, Russell HRs (VIDEOS), Hannemann collects 6 hits

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Baez HRs twice, Russell HRs (VIDEOS), Hannemann collects 6 hits
Is 2015 here yet? I can’t hardly wait. Another big day for Cubs prospects helps ease the pain as the Cubs dropped a game to the small market Cardinals.  There were 2 double-headers today so we have lots to cover.  Lets get on with this somewhat abbreviated recap… Memphis 5 –  Iowa 4 Memphis 6... Read more »

Rusney Castillo Impresses in his Workout

Rusney Castillo Impresses in his Workout
Rusney Castillo worked out for scouts today and the results were impressive.  Castillo worked out at the University of Miami.  The 27 year old outfielder played for Cuba’s Cuban National Series for five years from 2008 to 2012 and defected last September.  He has been described by some scouts as Brett Gardner with more power.  All-stars... Read more »
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Game Thread: Which Cubs hitters really perform best this year in high leverage situations? Plus other news and notes...

Game Thread:  Which Cubs hitters really perform best this year in high leverage situations? Plus other news and notes...
Since this is a weekend day and we generally slow down the pace a bit, I’m taking a different approach to the game thread today.  I will add any bullets and the lineup as we go along.  I also think it is appropriate to cover a very common in-game topic for many fans: what many... Read more »

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Russell hits two HRs; Candelario drives in 4

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Russell hits two HRs; Candelario drives in 4
First off I want to say thanks for the great thread today for the game.  I couldn’t participate for the first one because my wife had the day off and we decided to get a very late lunch/early dinner at one of our favorite unknown hole in the wall restaurants.  One of my favorites because... Read more »

Game Thread and Notes: Cardinals in Town; Cubs Trying to Trade Jackson; Scouting Rusney Castillo

Game Thread and Notes: Cardinals in Town; Cubs Trying to Trade Jackson; Scouting Rusney Castillo
As I mentioned today in our comments section, we are not going to do be doing recaps for the time being. However, I know many of you are interested in discussing the game — or at least venting about it. I’ve decided what might be best for now is to replace the recaps with a... Read more »
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Jake Arrieta and the future Cubs rotation

We’ve discussed the pitching situation for the Cubs in a few blogs. I wrote a blog here, Cat Garcia wrote one here, and John has written several over the years on the subject. Pitching is definitely the less glamorous subject when it comes to Cubs’ prospects. There is a lack of impact starters in the... Read more »