The Cubs have made a strong push for the second spot in next year's draft with a 4-17 record in the month of August. The Rockies are remembering their 2007 team by going 13-9 over that same span, and are coming off a four game sweep of the Mets on the road. You Never Know. […]
We have chosen the 5 finalists and each person responsible for writing it will receive a copy of The Essential Games of the Chicago Cubs. We're letting you vote on the winner who will also receive an Obstructed View t-shirt. Voting is open on Facebook through next Wednesday. You can access the poll directly by […]
I'll never understand how Cubs fans and White Sox fans can technically be from the same city. Last night, the Sox had Chris Sale taking the mound as they went for the first sweep of the New York Yankees at home in 21 years. 26,319 people showed up to watch that. That's less than 65% […]
Ahh… the Hendry Era. The Cubs were always winning, the best players were beloved by the media and treated with respect by the front office, player acquisitions were always based on sound analytical wisdom, and Order prevailed in its eternal conflict with Chaos. Wait, what’s wrong with these…? /cleans fogged up sepia-tinted Transitions Lenses It’s […]
Iowa In our continuing Iowa series of "That guys still playing?" we introduce Horacio Ramirez (yes that one) who went 7 IP allowing 1 ER and striking out 1. Not to blow Horacio's Horn or anything but he's probably our best pitching prospect now. Smokies Matt Szczur hit a triple. Nobody else did anything. Daytona […]
Tango is running his annual scouting report and it's available now. When you get a few minutes take a look at it and fill out the survey for the Cubs.
fWAR stands for Fangraphs WAR for those who don't know. It uses defense independent pitching stats (in this case FIP) to calculate WAR. FIP includes only the events a pitcher controls: strikeouts, walks, hit by pitch and home runs. It is not an accurate account of the runs a pitcher has allowed, but the number […]
A couple weeks ago I showed that the current Cubs offense was performing as poorly as any Cubs team in history. Their 77 wRC+ (at the time and still today) was tied for second worst in their history. wRC+ is but one metric that measures offense. It's based on Tangotiger's wOBA. Baseball Prospectus has a […]
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Iowa Top pitching prospect Seth McClung was outstanding yesterday striking out 6 over 7 scoreless innings. We'll keep an eye on this kid as it seems like he has a bright future. Smokies Jae Hoon Ha went 2-4 and Trey McNutt worked a scoreless inning out of the pen. Allen Webster (remember him?) struck out […]
It seems Nick Swisher is going to seek a contract this fall similar to the 7 year, $126 million contract that Nationals gave to Jayson Werth. From Jon Heyman: Word going around is, Nick Swisher, the Yankees' eternally upbeat rightfield power supply, may seek a "Jayson Werth contract" when he hits free agency at the […]
Iowa Diory Hernandez went 1-5. Who is Diory Hernandez? Exactly. Smokies Jae Hoon Ha was 2-3 with a BB and has really been on a hot streak for the last few weeks. Ha also gunned down a runner at the plate. Junior Lake went 2-4 and is hitting .286. Trey McNutt pitched a clean inning […]
Somehow I thought the Brewers were closer to .500 than this. By Pythag they should be a 59-61 team. The last time they were at .500 was back in April, though they spent much of the next three months hovering around four games below the that mark before reeling off a seven game losing streak […]
Iowa Jeff Frazier was 0-3 with a walk. Who is Jeff Frazier? Exactly. Smokies Nobody did much of anything but Watkins was 1-3 with a BB. Starting 2B in 2014! Daytona Yet another rain out Peoria Pin Chieh Chen went 2-4 and stole his 30th base of the year. Despite some decent OBP and speed […]
This is a strange story. In a bizarre attempt to avoid a 50-game drug suspension, San Francisco Giants star Melky Cabrera created a fictitious website and a nonexistent product designed to prove he inadvertently took the banned substance that caused a positive test under Major League Baseball’s drug program. The other day I was considering […]