BP Wrigleyville with a great Wildcard preview

In aside, Major League Baseball, News And Rumors by dmick89

So that’s what Cole’s been up to. Before we go much deeper in hitter-by-hitter analysis, though, I think we can narrow things down just a bit. Jackson has never faced Cole, has a .655 OPS against right-handed pitchers in 2015, and until his last two games has really struggled in a Cubs uniform. He’s a quality defensive outfielder, though, so it …

Cubs clinch a spot in the postseason with next win or Giants loss

In News And Rumors by dmick89

Thanks the Padres come from behind win last night in a game started by Madison Bumgarner, the Cubs are nearing what was inevitable a month ago: a spot in the postseason. It's been so long that we've known this was coming that the Cubs even moved their rotation around so to ensure that Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta would each …

Joe Maddon OK with bullpen game in the postseason

In Commentary And Analysis, News And Rumors by dmick89

Yesterday Joe Maddon talked a bit about what the Cubs might do if they beat the Pirates on October 7th. Jon Lester would start Game 1 against the Cardinals and then what? Jason Hammel and Kyle Hendricks haven't exactly pitched great down the stretch. The Cubs have had a couple bullpen games recently due to double-headers that have turned out …

fivethirtyeight on Jake Arrieta’s release point

In News And Rumors by dmick89

Rob Arthur has a really good article up on fivethirtyeight.com on Jake Arrieta's emergence as an ace and it discusses the change in his release point at length.  Most of the time, the horizontal and vertical coordinates of a pitcher’s release point are fairly constant, determined largely by mechanics learned long before he made the majors. In Arrieta’s case, however, his …

Jake Arrieta’s Innings Increase

In Commentary And Analysis, News And Rumors by dmick89

Jake Arrieta has had a fantastic season this year. Actually, he's been fantastic since he joined the Cubs, but I find myself being a little bit scared about his workload right now. He's thrown 191 innings so far and has about 5 starts left this regular season. He's averaged roughly 6.8 innings per start. That puts him on pace to throw …

Cubs 9, Cardinals 0 (9/7/15)

In Game Threads, News And Rumors by myles

OSS: Haren dominates the best team in the National League. Three Up 1. Dan Haren probably doesn't have another performance like the one he spun against the Cardinals in his entire career, but it was nice to see one last masterclass in soft contact. Haren allowed 7 hits and 2 walks, with maybe 4 really well-hit balls by St. Lou. …

Spring training pics

In News And Rumors by berselius

Fun in the sun from the last 2.5 days Cool stuff outside the park. The park in general was quite nice, and I can confirm that the toilets flushed extremely properly. Baseball is coming. Arrieta and Bosio, warming up before the game. Arrieta warming up with long toss. The Cubs take the field. Solid ballpark music in both games, including …