Stars of Tomorrow: Cubs Minor League Recap 10/15/13

Mesa 7 v Scottsdale 4 Albert Almora: 2-4, 2 2B, R, 2 RBI, BB, SO Albert Almora grounds out, third baseman Peter O'Brien to first baseman Angel Villalona. Albert Almora walks. With Taylor Lindsey batting, missed catch error by Angel Villalona on the pickoff attempt, Albert Almora to 2nd. Albert Almora hits a ground-rule double […]

Cubs 2013 Positional Breakdowns

It's time to start actually dissecting the major league club (and it's failure to produce at the plate, specifically). I think a good first step is to measure the production they received from each position relative to the other teams in baseball. Catcher The Cubs were near the top of the league in production from […]

Stars of Tomorrow: Cubs Minor League Recap 10/14/13

Mesa 7 v Scottsdale 6 Kris Bryant: 1-4, R, RBI Kris Bryant reaches on a fielding error by shortstop Alen Hanson. Brian Goodwin to 3rd. Kris Bryant reaches on a fielding error by third baseman Aderlin Rodriguez. Kris Bryant reaches on a fielding error by right fielder Cory Vaughn. Devon Travis to 3rd. Kris Bryant […]

Minor League Roundtable Part 1: The Top 4 Prospects/Trading Assets/Playing SS

This is the first of a many-part roundtable between sitrick, dmick, and myself. We touch on many minor league topics (so many, in fact, that we still haven't finished the roundtable!), the first of which is presented today. Myles: I'm here. What would you like to discuss first? dmick: Our Top 4s? Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Jorge […]

Star of Tomorrow: Cubs Minor League Recap 10/10/13

Mesa 8 v Salt River 1 Only Almora and Armando Rivero played.  Albert Almora: 2-5, 2 R, 3B, 3 RBI Albert Almora grounds out, third baseman Jake Lamb to first baseman Andy Burns. Albert Almora flies out to left fielder Todd Glaesmann. Albert Almora singles on a ground ball to third baseman Jake Lamb. Albert Almora grounds […]

New York Giants @ Chicago Bears (8:25 ET, NFL Network, 10/10/2013)

I'm going to do a different format for these games. I didn't really like the old one very much. QB Jay Cutler (198 DYAR, 4.7% DVOA, 68.9 QBR, 1,295 yards) Eli Manning (fuck this guy) (-181 DYAR, -24.4% DVOA, 34.2 QBR, 1,338 yards) Eli Manning is my least favorite player in all of sports. Growing […]

Stars of Tomorrow: Cubs Minor League Recap 10/9/13

Glendale 9 v Mesa 13 Albert Almora: 4-5, 3R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI Albert Almora homers (1) on a line drive to left field. Albert Almora doubles (1) on a line drive to right fielder Jared Mitchell. Adrian Nieto scores. Dixon Machado scores. Albert Almora singles on a sharp line drive to left fielder Brent Keys. Albert […]

Stars of Tomorrow: Cubs Minor League Recap 10/8/13

I thought it'd be nice to go over the AFL on a daily basis. I can't say I'll get to it every day; however, since many of the Cubs' very best prospects are on the Mesa Solar Sox, it's prudent to discuss. Mesa 8 v Glendale 8 (11 innings) Jorge Soler: 1-6, 2B, RBI, 2 […]

Cano – Barney = 78 Runs

I was reading the solidly-above-replacement-level Yankees blog this morning, and I came across a very interesting table. It listed the Runs Created at 2B for each team this year. I won't reproduce the whole list (seriously, check out that blog, it's interesting), but I share one thing: NYY: 123 RC CHC: 45 RC That's a […]

New Orleans Saints @ Chicago Bears (1:00 ET, FOX, 10/6/2013)

Last Week The Saints blew the doors off of the Miami Dolphins 38-17. The Bears lost 40-32 the Lions in a game that wasn't very close at all. Bears Run Versus Saints Run Defense Forte had a pretty nice game, but again it was pretty much the result of one really long run (53). 14/95, […]

Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions (1:00 ET, FOX, 9/29/2013)

Last Week The Lions pulled away in the 4th quarter en route to a 27-20 win at the hapless Redskins. The Bears dominated the Steelers 40-23, though it was closer than the score indicated. Bears Run Versus Lions Run Defense Matt Forte finally broke out against the Steelers, sort of. The bulk of his 87 […]

Cubs Dominate Northwest League Top Prospect List

The first "wave of talent" is almost here, and by that, I mean Baez/Alcantara. The next wave may not be that far afterwards. Baseball America placed 6 Cubs on the list of the Top 20 Prospects of the Northwest League. #1 Kris Bryant #7 Paul Blackburn #9 Yasiel Balaguert #10 Dillon Maples #12 Shawon Dunston, Jr. […]

2013 Cubs Prospects in Review: Arismendy Alcantara

Before this season started, I was about as high on Arismendy Alcantara as anyone. In the Assume the Position on SS, I said that Alcantara would need to increase his walks to elevate his prospect status. I won't ruin the conclusion for you. Alcantara was signed at 17 in 2009. I don't know his signing […]

2013 Cubs Prospects in Review: Juan Carlos Paniagua

I'm not sure any Cub of the past 10 years is more enigmatic than Juan Carlos Paniagua (JCP for short). He's been "signed" 3 times, and the first 2, questions about his age (questions being used rather euphemistically) resulted in suspensions and deals being rescinded. He was signed the first time by the Dbacks in […]

2013-14 Week 3 NFL Rankings

Now that we have the bare minimum of games played to derive some meaning to how good football teams are relative to each other (and we really still don't, but here we are anyway), it's time to roll something out that I've been doing for a few years: an objective ranking system for NFL teams […]