Posts in category "sabermetrics"

Carlos Marmol - THE singlemost highest risk/reward pitcher in all of baseball

Carlos Marmol - THE singlemost highest risk/reward pitcher in all of baseball
UPDATE: Wells, Coleman, Beef Wellington sent to Iowa.  Clevenger, Mather, DeWitt make the team.  I think we just pissed away a ton of trade value, but now you know how the team is shaping up. Ran across this article by a saberween today, which firstly reminded me of the tenuous relationship between “fantasy” sports and... Read more »

DeJesus is Just Alright With Me

DeJesus is Just Alright With Me
I am a little bit late to the party, but the big news of the week for the Chicago Cubs is clearly the signing of David DeJesus and his Chicago suburb-dwelling, Twitter-happy wife to a two-year $10 million with a club option for a third ($6.5 million club option. $1.5 million of the base deal... Read more »

Cubs - one man's opinion of the most useful tool Theo should look for in his players

Cubs - one man's opinion of the most useful tool Theo should look for in his players
According to Baseball Prospectus, and it should come as no surprise given that over half the teams have built new retro-parks which borrow shamelessly from Wrigley Field, the Cubs’ home park index is very near 100 both offensively and defensively.  For the uninitiated, 100 is league average.  But as we all know, the Friendly Confines... Read more »
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Someone yelled, Who Fired Jim Hendry?, when after all, it was you and me

Someone yelled, Who Fired Jim Hendry?, when after all, it was you and me
Pleased to meet you, hope you guessed my name. As I write this, we are down 3-1 to the Cardinals.  I thought we would instantly be better?? Well, even if we get stomped by the Evil Satanic Fowl, today is a good day, as you might expect, now that Jim Hendry’s termination was announced.  I... Read more »

Readers' Blog: Samardzija to the pen: Am I missing something?

I’ve read several articles recently arguing that Jeff Samardzija has a guaranteed spot in the bullpen because he’s out of minor league options. If the Cubs wish to send Samardzija to the minors at any point this season, he must first be exposed to the other 29 MLB teams via irrevocable waivers. If another team... Read more »

Wins Above Replacement: Part 2 (First Base)

Yesterday, I spent a few minutes looking at WAR and how it pertains to the Cubs and the rest of the National League when it comes to catchers. Today, we are going to focus on first base. Again, all numbers can be found at fangraphs.com. The Cubs are going through a transition this year at... Read more »
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Wins Above Replacement: Catchers

For the past few months, I’ve been dabbling in sabermetrics. The idea that baseball can be valued in a certain set of figures can be hard to follow. There are all kinds of figures, WAR, RAR, wOBA, OPS, BABIP and so on. The one column that I’ve done the most work on is WAR, which... Read more »