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Holes and fills - Pitcher's Edition

Continuing from yesterday, we are looking at the Chicago Cubs, their many needs, and the numerous players who they will not sign – or even pursue – in order to fill those needs. Yes, it must be the off-season. Starting Pitchers – an Overview First and foremost, let me state clearly that I know, obviously,... Read more »

Holes and fills - Hitter's Edition

Finally, after two articles selling it, we proudly present to you our official,  One Guy’s Opinion on Free Agents Who Might Help The Cubs, Possibly, Part 1™. Originally, I intended to present an overview of hitters and pitchers in this article. Then this puppy ballooned to 1000 words, and my mind went numb from looking... Read more »

Rules of Free Agency

Rules of Free Agency
Be grateful that I am not a GM. Like every internet tough guy who quarterbacks from his couch, I know just enough about baseball to annoy people who actually know about baseball. (It’s ok – you and me? We suffer from this issue together.) Still, I have always maintained that there are a few ground... Read more »
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Right Now is when Theo Epstein earns his money

Right Now is when Theo Epstein earns his money
From Felzz in the Cubs Den: Thirty-seven strikeouts. Thirty-seven. Many of the “Oh my god why didn’t you hit that?” variety. Three straight games of double digit K’s. Is it fair to criticize James Rowson yet? The new hitting philosophy isn’t really coming into focus. You let some of the K’s pass. Brett Jackson saw... Read more »

A word about rushing prospects too soon

Executive Summary: on the 2012 Cubs, there is no such thing as rushing prospects too soon. Cubs fans of the past ten years or so know the names of Felix Pie, Hee Seop Choi and Corey Patterson.  At one point, all three guys were brought up to the team with large hype.  Patterson, you will recall,... Read more »

Wood leaving is sad. Here are happy things!

First: hey dorks, quit messing with Rob. Keep it up and I will punch you in the mouth. Second: =(. Bye Kerry. You were/are a leader, a stand-up dude, and one of those rare athletes with obviously special talent. Doug Glanville today described your curveball as a snowflake that hits a tornado halfway to home... Read more »
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Just ONE question about the Epstein Plan for the Cubs?

Just ONE question about the Epstein Plan for the Cubs?
How does watching Marmol blow half of our winnable games fit in? UPDATE: Sveum says he’s thinking about it, now.  O RLY?

Geovany Soto Ought To Be a Tampa Bay Ray

The Rays need a catcher. The Cubs need a rebuild. Why can’t we be friends? There isn’t a place on this team for Geovany Soto, as Rob has pointed out many a time on this blog (you’ve felt that way since how long, Rob? 2009?). I’ve been a Soto fan for a long time; he... Read more »

Review - OOTP 2013

I am, admittedly, a simulation junkie. I have been playing simulation baseball programs for more than 10 years now, starting with the old Baseball Mogul and moving on to OOTP way back in 2003ish. In that time, I’ve come to realize just how ridiculously fun – and addicting – these games can be. OOTP 2013 continues... Read more »
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The Most Important Statistic For The 2012 Cubs Organization

It’s walks. It’s early. But things are going well for two key young Cubs. In Iowa, 3B Josh Vitters already has three walks in six games, a 12.5% BB rate (24 PA). His career BB rate is around 4%. He has more walks so far than strikeouts (two). Jeff Samardzija did not walk any batters... Read more »