Category: Analysis

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 »

Is Carl Edwards Jr. joining the elite?

Is Carl Edwards Jr. joining the elite?
If you follow baseball long enough, this narrative has crossed your screen: A pitcher joins a new team, a new coach or makes a minor tweak and — voilá! — he’s transformed into a dominant force, for a short time at least. The Cubs enjoyed this story when former pitching coach Chris Bosio unleashed Jake... Read more »

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 »
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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 »