Obstructed View is now responsive

If there's been one thing about our move to WordPress that has irritated us the most, it's the lack of mobile options. There are several, but each comes with their drawbacks. Most recently we learned there were some issues with the mobile theme we were using. It wasn't anything major, but enough of an issue […]

Wrigley Talk Friday: The Return of Julie (for awhile) – 9-14-12

This week we welcome back Julie after a long absence and came to the conclusion that we still don't really know what to make of Jeff Samardzija after a full year. We also wonder how much longer the Cubs' season ticket waiting list can remain in the six digit range while the Cubs lose in […]

Getting to Know: Jason Berken

Name: Jason Berken Position: Starting Pitcher Bats/Throws: Right/Right Current Age: 28 Uniform Number: 57 Who is this fucking guy? He's a former sixth round pick of the Orioles (2006). He got a chance to start for them in 2009 and sucked. He was part of their bullpen in 2010 and wasn't too bad. Then he went back to […]

New WBC rules

I had either forgotten about the expanded field in the upcoming WBC or I don't recall reading about it. Patriot has a rundown of some of the rule changes in this article about lots of different things. For the first time, four spots in the sixteen team field will be up for grabs. The twelve […]

A question about pitch counts and innings limits

This is posted in the Commentary and Analysis category that we have here at Obstructed View, but it really should be posted in a category called Questions. Since we don't ask these questions very often, this category will have to do. It makes no sense to set up a new category for one stinking post. […]

Daily Facepalm 9.13.2012

Alfonso Soriano is an interesting chap. He had a big day at the plate and in the field. He's going to have a great counting stat year, probably ending the year with 30+ homers, 100+ RBI, and one+ error and 11+ assists. His rate stats aren't awful, but they aren't tremendous. He's gone to a […]

Daily Facepalm – 9.12.2012

The Cubs lost to the Astros 1-0 in what quite possibly could be the worst game of baseball ever played. Between the two teams there were ten hits, six errors, and one meager run. The only reason the otherwise merciless crapfest ended was because Starlin Castro couldn't outrun Dave Sappelt's stupidity, preventing Castro from scoring […]

Season in Review: Matt Garza

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 […]

Alfonso Soriano is overpaid

The other day The Hardball Times wrote that Alfonso Soriano is not overpaid. I'm a big fan of anyone who doesn't talk about Soriano in a way that makes him seem like he's a lazy, overpaid player. However, THT relied on fWAR, which uses UZR as its defensive metric. His 2007 UZR is so high […]

Daily Facepalm 9.8.2012

The Cubs beat the Pirates 12-2 for the irony alone, a day after declaring a five-run lead "piling on." But we've probably beat that dead horse enough. Play of the Day Brett "Ghost of Reed Johnson" Jackson didn't adjust his competitive settings to autopilot just because the Cubs had a ridiculous lead (die, dead horse, […]

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