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Posts in category "Analysis"

Lots of Reasons and Few Answers for Cubs Struggles

Lots of Reasons and Few Answers for Cubs Struggles
These days it seems everyone in every circle of the sports media are trying to dissect what is wrong with the Cubs. There is truly a plethora of reasons why the wheels have come off the once humming blue sports car. We all know some of the issues too well by now. The Cubs are... Read more »

Les is More

Les is More
In some ways, Jon Lester has become the forgotten man of the Cubs rotation. In 2015, after signing one of the richest contracts in Cubs history, Lester was the center of a media firestorm. A slow start, combined with his difficulty holding runners on, led to more than a few members of the media declaring... Read more »

Now What? (Some Thoughts on Contreras' Role on the 2016 Cubs)

Now What? (Some Thoughts on Contreras' Role on the 2016 Cubs)
John spent a great deal of time discussing the nuances behind a Willson Contreras call up right before it actually happened, and he highlighted the dilemma the Cubs face in making this move in his prescient piece. Contreras’ bat is well ahead of his glove at the position. The Cubs struggled with this situation last... Read more »
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Is That Good?

Is That Good?
An old baseball saying goes to never check the standings until Memorial Day (h/t to Denizen Cubswin09 for reminding me of that adage). Now I am sure most of us have been checking prior to Memorial Day. After all who wants to wait until Christmas to unwrap their presents, but in case you have been... Read more »

Kyle Schwarber and flexibility

Kyle Schwarber and flexibility
Roster flexibility is a key component in how and why the Cubs are entering the 2016 season as a highly regarded title contender. Ben Zobrist, Jason Heyward, Addison Russell and even Javier Baez all have the ability to fill in multiple roles and positions, which in turn perhaps makes the Cubs the most adaptable and... Read more »

The surprising case of Arismendy Alcantara

The surprising case of Arismendy Alcantara
I am probably guilty at times of getting overly attached to a prospect and hoping he will pan out even a while after the evidence has begun to point to the contrary. This might be the case with Arismendy Alcantara, but I am still holding out hope for a resurgence on his part, and the... Read more »
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Room for Coghlan on defense?

Room for Coghlan on defense?
As the winter weeks run long and the spring training still feels very far away, my mind often turns to the Cubs and the upcoming season to occupy itself through what is easily the hardest part of the year for me, as the winter meetings and the flurry of activity that they bring are well... Read more »

Catchella: What the numbers tell us about our catchers

Catchella: What the numbers tell us about our catchers
It’s time to get excited about defensive catching statistics, my friends. Unless you’ve been burrowed away somewhere, you’re probably aware of the release of some new defensive measures for catchers on Baseball Prospectus that have been dubbed “Catchella.” These are the work of Harry Pavlidis and Jonathan Judge, and especially in light of the stats... Read more »

How much have the Cubs improved? Part 2: Offense

How much have the Cubs improved? Part 2: Offense
I didn’t take the time to do this in my first post here, but I should start by saying how excited I am to be a part of Cubs Den. My primary role here will be to post game recaps and previews along with Myles and Dabynsky, but in the meantime, I hope to share... Read more »
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I Don't Know About You But I Feel Like A Stick Of Double Spearmint Gum - Sox 1 - Cubs 0

I Don't Know About You But I Feel Like A Stick Of Double Spearmint Gum - Sox 1 - Cubs 0
Well that was new for this year. While the Cubs have found all sorts of infuriating ways with the bats to come up short in games this year, ending the first four innings on double plays was a card they hadn't turned over yet. Certainly unique, and I for one am impressed that they were able to show the variety that they did in doing it. Once they knocked that out they let the home plate ump Dan Belino to basically snow the Cubs under in the rest of the innings. And if that wasn't enough, then rotten luck reared its ugly head. All made for a lovely afternoon, didn't it? Let's get through this in no particular order, shall we...