Posts in category "Analysis"

Is Kyle Schwarber Primed For A Bounce Back In 2018?

Is Kyle Schwarber Primed For A Bounce Back In 2018?
Kyle Schwarber entered the 2017 on an incredible high. After tearing his ACL in the second game of the 2016 season, he had miraculously returned just six months later to serve as the Cubs designated hitter in the World Series. And, after collecting seven hits and three walks in just 20 plate appearances in Chicago’s... Read more »

Cubs Organizational Depth: Outfielders

Cubs Organizational Depth: Outfielders
Chicago Cubs The Cubs received a mixed bag of results from this group in 2017 but significant upside still exists. Kyle Schwarber rebounded with a strong second half. The departure of Jon Jay means Ian Happ should receive a bump in playing time which should help him become more comfortable and take better routes on baseballs in CF.... Read more »

Cubs Organizational Depth: Infielders

Cubs Organizational Depth: Infielders
Chicago Cubs I may be beginning to sound like a broken record in this series, but the potential roster stability the Cubs could enjoy over the next few years is astonishing. If the mix of players the Cubs currently have assembled works out well, there is no reason they can’t keep them all together. Of... Read more »
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Cubs Organizational Depth: Catcher and First Base

Cubs Organizational Depth: Catcher and First Base
Chicago Cubs The Cubs are in the enviable position of having one of the top offensive catchers in the game under club control for the next five seasons. Willson Contreras does more than contribute on offense however. His pitch framing and game calling are still works in progress, but few backstops can control a running... Read more »

Cubs Organizational Depth: Relief Pitching

Cubs Organizational Depth: Relief Pitching
Chicago Cubs After a postseason bullpen meltdown many fans were anxious to see a complete tear down and rebuild. The opportunity certainly presented itself. Wade Davis and Brian Duensing were scheduled to become free agents. Hector Rondon and Justin Grimm were scheduled to receive potentially onerous raises in arbitration. Trade rumors swirled around Mike Montgomery after he... Read more »

Cubs Organizational Depth: Starting Pitching

Cubs Organizational Depth: Starting Pitching
Chicago Cubs Plenty has been written in recent days about how the Cubs should line up their impressive starting quintet and even whether they should consider making it a sextet. I won’t rehash any of those debates. We all have a pretty good handle on the situation by now. It should also make for an even... Read more »
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Yu Darvish is a Cub

Yu Darvish is a Cub
A picture really is worth a thousand words. The Cubs unequivocally got better in 2018 with the signing of Yu Darvish. The news has been incredibly for positive for the Cubs. They have landed the top free agent starter on the market for a 6 year $126 million guaranteed deal. The deal may become worth up... Read more »

Tom U on WSBT radio

Tom U on WSBT radio
Starting this evening at 6:30 ET/5:30 CT, and for the next six weeks, Cubs Den’s very own Tom U will be a guest on WSBT radio’s Sportsbeat program. South Bend Cubs’ play-by-play man Darin Pritchett is the host who will be talking Cubs baseball and their minor league system with Tom. This will mark the... Read more »

Bullpen is Duensing

Bullpen is Duensing
Forgive the lame pun as the title, but this offseason has done terrible things to many of our brains. The Cubs made a perfectly good and solid addition this morning bringing Brian Duensing back. Jon Heyman is reporting that the Cubs have inked the veteran lefty reliever to a 2 year $7 million deal. It... Read more »
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Looking Backwards (to look ahead)

Looking Backwards (to look ahead)
The deep freeze of the offseason remains. The Gerrit Cole trade was the latest move that was going to break the impressive logjam in the starting pitching market. But we are less than a month before pitchers and catchers reporting with the four best free agent starting pitchers still unsure whether they are headed to... Read more »