Archive for June 2011

Hey, Another Thing The Cubs Suck At!

Hey, Another Thing The Cubs Suck At!
The Cubs suck at another thing! It’s BABIP! You know, BABIP? As in batting average on balls in play? Over the course of a season, about 30% of the balls put into play by a hitter will generally end up as hits. Trust me, a lot of smart people have researched this, and it tends... Read more »

Why do we even bother - The 2011 Cubs at the halfway point

They’ve played 79 games….eeeeh, close enough. In situations such as the one your 2011 Chicago Cubs find themselves in, the biggest commodity that needs to be doled out is “blame”, although there are some reasons for “praise” as well.  When discharging your own personal Protected By Our Constitution Assault Weapon of Blame, you may choose... Read more »

Link: Watching the Cubs is torturous.

Over at Fangraphs, Carson Cistulli has developed a system that rates how fun a particular player or team is to watch. Guess which team is nearly rock bottom? Surprising, no?
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The Cubs COULD be unterrible in 2012.

The Cubs COULD be unterrible in 2012.
Last week, guest author Bradley Woodrum suggested the Cubs should trade anyone over the age of 27, including Geovany Soto and Matt Garza, punt the 2012 season, and attempt to build a dynasty for 2014 or so, and beyond. The commenters have done a great job handling one of Brad’s crazier suggestions — that is,... Read more »

Starlin Castro To Triple-A, Please

Starlin Castro To Triple-A, Please
The following is a guest post written by Bradley Woodrum of Cubs Stats. While I might disagree with Bradley on this point (I’ll be writing my rebuttal later in the week), I think he’s a great writer, and the interwebs seems to agree with me, as his work has appeared on Fangraphs, among other sites.... Read more »

Cubs vs. Sox: Albatross Contracts

The first step we’ll take in determining which franchise is in the better long-term position is by looking at albatross contracts. Who owes whom the most money over the longest period of time? The highest-paid player on either side should be obvious to readers of this or any other Cubs blog: it’s Alfonso Soriano, who’s... Read more »
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Cubs vs. Sox: Which franchise is better positioned for the long-term?

Feel free to chime in with votes and comments now, and over the next 24 hours I’ll put together my own take.

We listen to Cubs related banter on the radio, so you don't have to

Over the past few days, I have had the opportunity to listen to tons of Chicago sports radio, nearly all of which are concerned with the upcoming Cubs/Sox series.  Of that, most of it has devolved into comparisons between the good-pitch/no-hit Sox being torn apart by the constant bickering between their manager and Gm, and... Read more »

The Ten Best Cubs Right Now: Goat Picks

Again, this list is meant to rank the current Cubs on talent in the current moment. If you needed to win a game tomorrow, who would you ask to pitch? If you needed a hit off a major league pitcher in the next 15 minutes, who would you send to the plate? Yesterday I published... Read more »
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Your Top Ten Cubs Revealed!

You’ve submitted your votes. Here are the results: 1. Castro 2. Marmol 3. Zambrano 4. Soto 5. Garza 6. Dempster 7. Barney 8. Marshall 9. Soriano 10. Pena Honorable Mention: Byrd, Ramirez, Fukudome, Cashner, Wells, Jackson Tomorrow, I’ll post my own list. But first, some comments on your comments: - I think Matt Garza is... Read more »