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Posts in category "Projections"

2016 Cubs pitching, according to PECOTA

2016 Cubs pitching, according to PECOTA
I said it in my very first post here, but going into the 2016 season, I expect that our pitching will be the subtle strength of this team, and with an offense like we are projected to have, my expectation is that many of us might not be as apt to take notice of the... Read more »

The 2016 Cubs offense, according to PECOTA

The 2016 Cubs offense, according to PECOTA
I trust that most of us here are familiar with the PECOTA projections that Baseball Prospectus puts out each year, as well as roughly how they are put together. Those, along with the Steamer projections and the ZiPS projections, help give baseball fans a sense of what they might expect from the upcoming season. Or... Read more »

How Did the 2015 ZiPS Projections Shake Out?

How Did the 2015 ZiPS Projections Shake Out?
The ZiPS Projections are fun (and greatly needed for those of us that love the game of baseball). Typically released during the dead of winter, they’re a welcome relief when baseball is long over and still not quite yet on the horizon. It gives us a chance to debate something. And, if you’re like me,... Read more »
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A look at year two WAR expectations

A look at year two WAR expectations
Following a very successful rookie season, the question frequently turns to what can be expected in the seasons that follow. It is common to see new players appear to regress in their second professional year, and sometimes it is a sign of a trajectory that will just continue even after producing a very impressive rookie... Read more »

WAR, Cost of a Win, and Projections for Position Players

WAR, Cost of a Win, and Projections for Position Players
I enjoy WAR. THIS WAR. Wins Above Replacement is actually my favorite. If you know me, you also know this. If you don’t know me, we’re a bit closer now aren’t we? First, let me start as a I always do when talking about sabermetrics and WAR in general: there is no “best” stat or all-encompassing... Read more »

Cubs Minors Notes: Fangraphs rates Cubs top prospects; Draft report cards; Fall League

Cubs Minors Notes: Fangraphs rates Cubs top prospects; Draft report cards; Fall League
Prospect list season is here.  As usual, the Cubs get glowing reviews… Fangraphs Top Prospects List The first of the Cubs top prospects lists are out and it comes from Kiley McDaniel, who wrote his list for Fangraphs.  There’s a lot to take in as it is an extensive analysis, but I definitely recommend it.... Read more »
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Javier Baez and prospect hype

Javier Baez and prospect hype
In the coming weeks as Javier Baez continues to punish baseballs with authority and regularity you will hear all sorts of things about who he is as a player. We’ve all heard this with other, previous players; local radio host Dan Bernstein has, in the past, gone down the list of baseball reference most similar... Read more »

No Defense For Castro's Defense

No Defense For Castro's Defense
In the picture Cubs fans dream about—you know, that one where the rebuilding effort has flourished and Wrigley Field is rocking with excitement on a nightly basis as Chicago prepares for a pennant chase—Starlin Castro is the short stop.  But that image becomes blurred, and seems further and further from reality, when he continues to... Read more »

Can Campana provide value for the Cubs as a starter?

Can Campana provide value for the Cubs as a starter?
There is a great divide when it comes to Tony Campana.  Those inclined to numbers, statistics, etc. are lukewarm at best on Campana while those who prefer a small-ball approach think he can be a catalyst for a struggling Cubs offense. Dale Sveum, who is aware of both sides of the argument, is saying he’s... Read more »
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Cubs Roster Projection: 2nd Edition

Cubs Roster Projection: 2nd Edition
It looks like things are really starting to clear up at this point with just a couple of weeks left to go in the spring.  The biggest questions are for the last 3 spots in the bullpen, where the Cubs still have 6 viable candidates, 3 of whom are out of options and another who... Read more »