Better Know a Cub: Luis Valbuena

Luis Valbuena came to the Cubs in 2012 off of the waiver wire, one of a dozen or so pickups the Cubs’ had during the infancy of last season. Unlike most other wire pickups, though, Valbuena was a position player, and one that would see quite a bit of action in a Cubs’ uniform in […]

The Flagrant Fan on Alfonso Soriano’s Contract

Most of the time when you read an article about Alfonso Soriano's contract, it's about how the bad contract is a reflection on Soriano. The Flagrant Fan writes a nice piece and here's the part that I and others have tried to hammer home for years: What a player makes is the team's problem and […]

Tigers re-sign Anibal Sanchez

The Cubs had reportedly reached an agreement on a 5-year deal for around $75 million with Anibal Sanchez, but then the report was contradicted by many people. We learned this morning that the Tigers had reached an agreement with Sanchez on a 5-year deal for $80 million. CAIRO projects a 3.87 ERA, 3.56 FIP and […]

Cubs Swing And Miss on Sanchez

There 17 minutes where we were all pretty certain that the Cubs were going to sign Anibal Sanchez to a 5 year, 75 million dollar contract. Those were some great times… Obviously, we know what happened next (or at least have a pretty good idea). Sanchez’ agent took the deal back to the Tigers and […]

Better Know a Cub: Travis Wood

Travis Wood is traveling in the wrong direction. Wood made his debut in the majors in 2010, throwing 102.2 innings of 3.51 ERA ball. He wasn’t lucky, either: his FIP was 3.42. As an age-23 season, it was quite impressive: he even threw a 3.31 K/BB ratio in there for good measure. He hasn’t repeated […]

Better Know a Cub: Darwin Barney

Darwin Barney is an odd duck. He doesn’t get on base all that often (.299 OBP last year, .305 career). He has no power (7 HR last year is more than double the amount he has hit in any other year of his professional career).  He doesn’t walk (5.6% last year, 2.4% less than the […]

Cubs sign Anibal Sanchez

According to Bob Nightengale, the Cubs have signed Anibal Sanchez to a 5-year, $75 million-ish contract. And the

The opposite of the World Series

The World Series is played at the end of the season and is supposed to include the two best teams in baseball, or at least the best team in each league. It doesn't often work out that way, but luck and all, it's a series that's almost certainly going to include a couple of good […]

OV Hall of Fame Survey Results

The BBWAA gets ripped a lot for terrible decision-making when it comes to voting on the Baseball Hall of Fame. This yea's' ballot is particularly interesting because it pits a lot of guys who get points/votes for being gutty winners despite stats that don't clearly portray a Hall of Fame career against guys that have […]

The Hope Monster Strikes Back : how the Cubs can contend in 2013

Julie posed this series of questions over at LOHO today.  1) Where does this team finish in the 2013 NL Central? 2) Do the 2013 Cubs lose 100 games? 3) What moves still need to be made to make this team competitive (and be realistic, no “sign ARod” or any of that baloney). The easy answers […]

Fixing the 2013 Cubs

In my last post, I detailed the 10 places (what a high number!) that the Cubs could stand to upgrade by merely getting an average player. Those 10 places were: 1. Centerfielder2. Third baseman3. Ace Pitcher4. Rightfielder5. Ace reliever (closer)6. #2 pitcher7. #3 pitcher8. Fireman reliever9. Utility infielder10. Utility outfielderWhat have the Cubs done to fix […]

Anatomy of the 2012 Cubs

C     2.0 [1.2]1B   2.0 [1.8]2B   2.5 [2.5]SS   2.5 [3.3]3B   2.8 [0.9]RF   2.7 [1.7]CF   3.0 [1.0]LF   2.5 [4.0]C2 [0.5] [0.5]O4 [0.5] [0.6]O5 [0.5] [-2.1]I5   [0.5] [0.7]I6   [0.5] [0.0]Position: 22.5 [16.0] SP   4.5 [3.3]SP   2.7 [2.1]SP   2.0 [1.4]SP   1.3 [1.2]SP   0.6 […]

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