Category: Analysis

Cubs need to begin trusting young pitchers in 2019

Cubs need to begin trusting young pitchers in 2019
For all the talk of fixing the offense this offseason, there is hidden danger lurking within the other half of the roster that has not received enough attention. Jon Lester, Cole Hamels, Brandon Morrow, Steve Cishek, Pedro Strop, Brandon Kintzler, Brian Duensing. What do these seven pitchers have in common? They will all turn 34 or older during the 2019 season. Even if the... Read more »

Taking Stock and Looking Forward: The Infield

Taking Stock and Looking Forward: The Infield
For long-time Cubs fans the promise of a 95-win season and a spot in the postseason, any shot at October baseball, would have been welcomed with open arms. We’d have a magical season or two that would pop up and reinforce our false beliefs that we were an actual MLB team, but those oddities were interspersed... Read more »

Taking Stock and Looking Forward: The Outfield

Taking Stock and Looking Forward: The Outfield
As we continue our ongoing delve into the various areas of haves, wants, and needs of our beloved Cubs, I turn my attention to the outfield. I began this series with a look at the bullpen situation because I feel that unit has the most question marks and may receive the most attention, at least... Read more »
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Cubs should consider scaling back their usage of Willson Contreras behind the plate in 2019

Cubs should consider scaling back their usage of Willson Contreras behind the plate in 2019
Like the 300-inning starting pitcher, should the 1100-inning catcher be a thing relegated to baseball’s past? The position has evolved into a more demanding position than ever before. Catchers are under greater scrutiny in terms of pitch framing at a time when: Pitchers are throwing harder than ever before Pitchers are throwing more breaking balls than ever... Read more »

A look at potential 2019 rebounds

A look at potential 2019 rebounds
Kris Bryant Two days ago marked the two year anniversary of Kris Bryant’s Game 5 home run which helped to force a Game 6. Today marks the two year anniversary of Kris Bryant’s first inning homer in Game 6 of the World Series which helped force a Game 7. Kris Bryant blasted 39 home runs... Read more »

A look at potential 2019 regressions

A look at potential 2019 regressions
Jon Lester and Cole Hamels Jon Lester and Cole Hamels have been getting Major League hitters out since 2006. I wouldn’t be surprised if both continue to pitch well, but both posted ERAs a full run below their FIPs. They have both consistently out-pitched FIP during their careers but never to such an extreme degree. It bears... Read more »
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Cubs Prospect Roundup: The disappointing 2018 season of Jose Albertos

Cubs Prospect Roundup: The disappointing 2018 season of Jose Albertos
A relatively unheralded prospect out of Mexico before signing with the Cubs during the 2015-16 IFA, Jose Albertos lacked physical projection at 6’1″ 185 pounds, but he quickly put himself on the map as a 17-year old during extended spring training in 2016 thanks to effortless velocity that touched the mid-90s and occasionally higher, as... Read more »

Surplus Trade Assets and Future Roster Allocation Heading Into The Deadline

Surplus Trade Assets and Future Roster Allocation Heading Into The Deadline
Major League teams are no longer waiting until the trade deadline to begin making major moves. It is quite clear after the past couple of seasons that the All-Star break is now a key time of year in the trade market. With that in mind, lets take a look at the players throughout the Cubs organization the... Read more »

All Stars Show Difference Regime Change Made

All Stars Show Difference Regime Change Made
Okay, the flag flying next to the scoreboard is irrefutable proof that the change from well liked and respected baseball man Jim Hendry to former wunderkids Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer was correct. There has been little doubt of that fact for a while. And sure, Hendry’s first swing at the apple came the closest... Read more »
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The Cardinals Broke Dexter Fowler

The Cardinals Broke Dexter Fowler
The Cardinals broke Dexter Fowler. I’m not sure how else to put it or how else to explain what has happened in St. Louis over the past week. In case you haven’t been following, Cardinals President John Mozeliak went on a weekly radio show earlier this week to publicly call-out Fowler’s “effort, energy, and hustle”: It’s been a... Read more »