Second Look: New Cubs Pitchers

In Commentary And Analysis by GW4 Comments

It’s no secret that the Cubs have struggled to draft and develop pitching, so it’s nice that they have been willing to spend freely to fill in the gaps. Sahadev wrote about the team’s struggles in December (subscription required, h/t Fangraphs), with a pretty remarkable chart. The problem with this chart is pretty simple: contenders are not particularly interested in …

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The Scrap Heap – Winter Meetings

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius285 Comments

It was an ice cold stove for most of the offseason, but things finally picked up after Shohei Ohtani signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Disneyland on the eve of the Winter Meetings. Cubs Moves The Cubs picked up a pair of relief pitchers and a injury project that could see some time in the pen late this year: …

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Where We Stand Now

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius61 Comments

I'm bringing back this feature from the olden days…if only because we need a new post. I'm stealing this format mostly from the 2015 version of this post, which credits shawndgoldman for the original regular feature. Record: 43-45, 5.5 games back of the Brewers and tied with the Cardinals for second place in this shitshow of a division. The actual …

The 25: Jake Arrieta

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius65 Comments

Previous programming note from Myles: Now that the season is fast approaching, and I've started to get the itch to talk baseball again, I'm hoping to pick up the pace. Hopefully I can convince the other writers to do the same. I'm going to take a look at the 2017 Cubs, starting with the best players and taking a descending …

Seven Cubs storylines going into spring training

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius12 Comments

The World Series parade seems like yesterday, and not just because it's not that many posts ago at this here blog. Now that the players are back in camp, let's take a look at what to watch over the next few weeks. Did you hear that the Chicago Cubs won the World Series? And they are bringing pretty much everyone …

Taking stock of the top relief pitching options

In Commentary And Analysis by berselius361 Comments

A wild blog post appears! To paraphrase something Theo Epstein said during the 2015 playoffs*, whoever wins the World Series will prove the Right Way to Win and every other team will follow suit in the offseason. In 2016 the conventional wisdom has turned out to be having a relief ace or two that you can ride to death in …