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 […]

Anatomy of an Average Team

In FanGraphs, a “replacement-level” team would win 43 games. That is to say, a team that is only comprised of AAA fodder, talent freely available to any team, would expect to win that amount. I wondered, then, how a team could take that and be average. I looked at the FanGraphs leaders at each position […]

Where Will the Cubs’ Wins Come From?

Let’s take a closer look at the Cubs in 2012. I’m going to include the projected starters for 2012 (if they are still on the team) in green, and the players no longer expected to make the opening 25 in red. Bench players are in blue.CCastillo 1.2Soto 0.5Recker 0.2Hill -0.1Lalli -0.4Clevenger -0.7 1B Rizzo 1.8LaHair 0.7 […]

Where Did the Cubs’ Wins Come From?

Last year, the Cubs won 61 games and lost 101. That poor performance was “good” enough to grab us the 2nd pick in the draft next year; however, I’m not keen on a repeat performance next year. One way to diagnose where are problems were last year is to go by position and see where […]

Better Know a Cub: Hector Rondon

The Rule V draft affected the Cubs likely more than any other team in baseball this year. Theo & Co. lost Starling Peralta in the major league portion, and Michael Burgess/Matt Cerda/Alvy Jimenez in the minor league portion. However, it wasn’t all bad for the Cubs, as they landed a flamethrower in Hector Rondon. Will he stick? I […]

How much value does Alfonso Soriano have?

News broke yesterday that the Cubs talked about swapping Alfonso Soriano for Domonic Brown. At first blush, it seems like a steal for the Cubs. After digging into the numbers, now I’m not so sure… First, I’d like to try to determine Fonzie’s worth. He had an OPS+ of 121 last year, following years of 114 and […]

Better Know a Cub: Anthony Rizzo

Anthony Rizzo has packed a lot of bags. Drafted in the 6th round out of Stoneman-Douglas HS, Rizzo has been a part of 3 different organizations in 6 years, being traded in both 2011 and 2012. He was an early riser, spending only 24 PA in Rookie Ball and only a season or so in […]

Better Know a Cub: Jeff Samardzija

The Cubs had an interesting draft in 2006. They had the 13th overall pick in the draft (they used it on Tyler Colvin, now with the Rockies). Then, they didn't pick again until the 149th overall pick. They used it on a player who many thought would not even sign; Jeff Samardzija.   Samardzija has […]

Who Plays for the Cubs?

Let’s take a look at the current 40-man roster: Pitchers (21)Scott BakerJeff BeliveauMichael BowdenAlberto CabreraShawn CampLendy CastilloGerardo ConcepcionRafael DolisScott FeldmanKyuji FujikawaMatt GarzaCarlos MarmolTrey McNuttBrooks RaleyHector RondonChris RusinJames RussellJeff SamardzijaArodys VizcainoRob WhitenackTravis Wood Catchers (3)Welington CastilloDioner NavarroSteve Clevenger Infielders (8)Darwin BarneyStarlin CastroJunior LakeAnthony RizzoLuis ValbuenaChristian VillanuevaJosh VittersLogan Watkins Outfielders (7)Tony CampanaDavid DeJesusBrett JacksonDave SappeltNate ScheirholtzJorge SolerAlfonso […]

Better Know a Cub: Welington Castillo

Coming into the 2012 season, the Cubs had an interesting catching debate, and it wasn’t for the starting job. Geovany Soto still had some of that old sheen on him, but behind him was a pair of catchers that were dueling for the backup C job, neither a world-beater in the minors. One of the […]

Better Know a Cub: Starlin Castro

As I try to re-boot this old blog, I thought it would be a good idea to include a post on each player on the Cubs 40-man roster as they enter it. Unfortunately for me (or fortunately, depending), that means I have a backlog of 40 profiles to do. I’m going to start with the […]

Will a salary cap come to baseball because of these new billion dollar tv contracts?

Over the last couple years the Angels, Rangers, Astros and Padres have each signed billion dollar contracts with a network. The Dodgers appear to be on the verge of signing the most lucrative contract of them all. It’s rumored to be worth between $6-7 BILLION over 25 years. For the mathematically challenged, that’s about $240-280 […]

How much ass could this Cubs team suck if this Cubs team could suck ass?

Short answer: probably not much more ass than they sucked last year. After all, the Cubs have lost 101 or more games only 2 other times in franchise history. It's not easy being as bad as the 2012 Cubs were. Long answer? The 2012 Cubs joined the 1962 and 1966 teams as the only ones […]