Tag: Too many Cubs players to tag

No NRI surprises this year?

No NRI surprises this year?
The past two seasons, Dale Sveum broke camp with at least one position player and one pitcher that wasn’t on the 40 man roster prior to opening day. Shawn Camp and Joe Mather were the surprises of spring training in 2012, and Brent Lillibridge and Hisanori Takahashi managed the same feat in 2013. These non-roster... Read more »

Predicting John Sickels Cubs Prospects Grades for 2014

Predicting John Sickels Cubs Prospects Grades for 2014
John Sickels preliminary grade breakdown of the Cubs prospects was released today and it reveals a top heavy system. The Cubs have top tier prospects that are the envy of nearly every system in baseball. Consider that at the start of the Theo Epstein/Jed Hoyer regime the Cubs entered with just two prospects ranking as... Read more »

Trading for offense

Trading for offense
The Cubs offense was bad last year. The Cubs scored the third lowest amount of runs. They reached base the third lowest percent of the time. OPS+ saw them fare a little better at fifth worst, but the picture remains that this is a bottom tier offense at the moment. The statistics become even bleaker... Read more »
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What do Cubs minor league signings tell us?

What do Cubs minor league signings tell us?
This time of year you start to see a flurry of minor league free agent deals. The Cubs have already added four players players in OF Aarron Cunningham, C Eli Whiteside, and IF Jeudy Valdez and Walter Ibarra. Eli Whiteside is the only player confirmed to have an invite to spring training, but the odds... Read more »

Fixing the bullpen

Fixing the bullpen
The Chicago Cubs have been bad for several seasons now. The Cubs have not had a winning season since 2009 and the Cubs bullpen has been below average in preventing runs during that entire stretch. The Cubs have been near the bottom of the league in save percentage since 2010. Clearly the Cubs woes are... Read more »

No More Signed to Flip Pitchers in 2014?

No More Signed to Flip Pitchers in 2014?
The Cubs manager search drags on while waiting for the most annoying World Series to end. The #narrative is strong with this well played and little watched World Series. The Cubs are by all accounts waiting to interview Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo before making a decision. The attention in the world of Cubdom... Read more »
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Ivy's Roundup: The Astros are not as good as the Cubs

Ivy's Roundup: The Astros are not as good as the Cubs
Before we’re all fixated on our Chicago Blackhawks tonight, why don’t we look at the series that was and get ready for tomorrow’s series.   6/21 vs. Astros: W 3-1 6/22 vs. Astros: L 3-4 6/23 vs. Astros: W 14-6   6/21- Looks like Matt Garza has found a nice rhythm with Cubs’ catcher Dioner Navarro,... Read more »

Ivy's Roundup: The Cardinals are better than the Cubs

Ivy's Roundup: The Cardinals are better than the Cubs
If you want to hate the Cardinals, that’s fine, but there is no denying that this team is good at baseball. Let’s look at what they did against the Cubs:   6/17 @ Cardinals: L 2-5 6/18 @ Cardinals: W 4-2 6/19 @ Cardinals: L 1-4 6/20 @ Cardinals: L 1-6   6/17- The most consistent... Read more »

Trade season begins, plus a lament

Trade season begins, plus a lament
Have heard this from rival evaluators: The Cubs have started the process of exchanging names with other teams on some of their players. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) June 21, 2013 The Cubs are officially open for business.  I am not certain that they were ever closed, but this is the time of year that trade... Read more »
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