Do Arizona Fall League (AFL) Stats Mean Anything?

In Commentary And Analysis, Minor Leagues by Obstructed View Staff

Be sure to enter the OV Free Agent Contest. It ends when the World Series ends. The Cubs, along with all the other teams, have several well known prospects playing in the Arizona Fall League (AFL) right now. They're about 10 games into their season and we've been recapping those games here. There are a lot of issues to consider …

Poll Question: Which Garza Trade Would You Choose Today?

In Commentary And Analysis by GW

On Monday, the Cubs completed the Matt Garza Trade Part II, sending him to the Rangers for C.J. Edwards, Justin Grimm, Mike Olt, and a PTBNL (either Neil Ramirez or presumably two lower-level arms). Olt is a potential power-hitting third baseman with a good glove, though there are questions about his ability to make contact. Edwards is a high-ceiling arm who …

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Season in Review: Matt Garza

In Commentary And Analysis by dmick89

Following the 2010 season the Cubs decided to trade a bunch of players to acquire an overrated middle of the rotation pitcher in Matt Garza. Then he surprised many of us by having the best season of his career. His average WAR was 3.7 (5.0 fWAR, 2.5 rWAR, 3.7 WARP). His fWAR in 2011 was 1.9 higher than his previous …

Next year's Bryan LaHair

In News And Rumors by dmick89

If you’ve followed the Cubs closely long enough you can’t help but notice that some Cubs fans (many? most?) fall in love with a certain prospect each year who is going to save the organization. The only problem is that these prospects aren’t really prospects. Micah Hoffpauir was a 28-year old rookie, but he had hit so well in AAA …

What the hell are the Cubs going to do this offseason?

In News And Rumors by dmick89

I started blogging about the Cubs after the 2003 season. Myself and a couple others eventually started our own blog, but even after the 2003 season the direction the Cubs were heading was obvious. They had just come within 5 outs of reaching the World Series and they returned what was arguably the best rotation in baseball. They had acquired …

Some more thoughts on the Matt Garza trade

In News And Rumors by dmick89

Even though the Cubs are more known for their failures, mistakes and screw-ups, every once in awhile you have to give them credit. We probably should do so more than we have, but the acquisition of Matt Garza is one we definitely have to view differently than we did at the time. That doesn’t necessarily mean it was a good …

Looking Back at the Matt Garza Trade

In News And Rumors by dmick89

I was none too happy when the Cubs traded for Matt Garza in the offseason. It wasn’t that I didn’t like Garza. He was a good pitcher about equal to Dempster and Zambrano so that would obviously be good if you can add a starter like that to any rotation. However, I hated what the Cubs had to give up …

Checking up on the Cubs top prospects

In Minor Leagues by dmick89

I have always wanted to write more about the minor leagues, but whenever I start to do so I have failed to keep it up. As a result, I’ve mostly stopped writing articles about minor league players unless it’s relevant to the big league team. I know there are at least a few of you who closely follow the Cubs …

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Cubs Now Getting Beat in Marketing Overhype Department Too

In News And Rumors by aisle424

Just when I thought the Cubs were best at something, along comes another team to take away their prize.  I didn’t think any team anywhere could top the Cubs in over-hyping players the way Vine Line and Cubs.com and Ricketts’ puppet blogger have in the past, but they are going to have to step up their game to catch up …