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Can the Oliver projected standings be right?

At the bottom of The Hardball Time’s Oliver forecasts page they have the 2012 projected standings. They were updated yesterday, but I know this was done before the Brewers signed Aramis Ramirez. National League Central Team Wins Losses CIN 90 72 STL 88 74 MIL 86 76 CHN 82 80 HOU 65 97 PIT 62 […]

Pujols is Coming, Tra La Tra La…. Wait, No He Isn’t…

The Winter Meetings are always fun.  Especially now that Twitter is a part of the rumor mongering, the GMs and agents can’t do anything without it being tweeted to a breathless horde of followers watching their tweet stream far more intently than they have watched their own children do anything. “The Cubs are in on […]

What the Cubs have to consider at the Winter Meetings

We haven’t talked a lot about what the Cubs need to do this offseason. When the season ended they were without a GM so it made no sense. After they hired Theo and he assembled his front office it was difficult to know which direction the Cubs may go. There have been indications they’re willing […]

Aramis Ramirez declines option, Cubs decline option on Jeff Samardzija

The Cubs exercised their part of the option for Aramis Ramirez while he declined his. By exercising the option the Cubs are now off the hook for the $2 million buyout. Later in the day, the Cubs declined the $3.0 million option on Jeff Samardzija and will re-sign him for 20% less than he made […]

2012 Cubs ZiPS Projections, Part 1

Dan has already released the 2012 ZiPS for the Cubs so I thought I’d highlight several players and post them here. Player PA H HR BB K AVG OBP SLG wOBA Carlos Pena 522 101 28 82 145 .230 .355 .480 .360 Aramis Ramirez 502 130 21 38 69 .280 .340 .474 .350 Bryan LaHair […]

2012 Cubs CAIRO Projections, Part 1 ***UPDATED***

We can thank the Yankees early exit from the playoffs for SG’s CAIRO being released so early. For those of you who read ACB, the format for these projections will be similar. For those who didn’t, what we try to do is post the relevant information for each Cubs player. Last year we tended to […]

Reality Check

As Cubs fans we’re used to not getting good news. If some player leaves a game early we’re trained to think it’s a career ending surgery that will lead to Aaron Miles or Neifi Perez taking over full time. If the team is leading we think it’s only a matter of time before they’ll be […]

Another shitty Cubs season in review: Randy Wells

The 2011 Cubs posted the 109th worst winning percentage in its history. What’s really depressing about that is since I’ve been a fan the following Cubs teams have been as bad or worse: 1986, 1983, 1994, 1997, 2002, 1999, 2006, 2000, 1980, and 1981. Of the Cubs 137 year history, 11 teams have had a […]

What are the 2011 Cubs good at?

I wanted to look over various statistics to see what the Cubs were good at. It’s a bad team, but even bad teams excel at something. Right? Batting average is a useless statistic, but I figured if there was one thing the Cubs were good at it would be this. The Cubs .258 team average […]

Aramis Ramirez and “performing when it counts”

The Cubs and Aramis Ramirez have a mutal option for 2011 at $16 million, but it’s unlikely he exercises that option. Ramirez is looking for more than a one-year deal and as the best free agent 3rd baseman he’ll easily get a multi-year deal on the free agent market. It’s hard to say whether or […]

Series Preview: Chicago Cubs (64-82) at Cincinnati Reds (71-75)

The Cubs played the Reds just last week, and five of the six starters from that series are pitching this series. I’m just going to make a few minor tweaks to the last preview (laughing). Team overview As always, these are team stats with NL ranks in parentheses. Reds Cubs wOBA .322 (4th) .315 (8th) […]

Caught Sleeping

Josh Harrison had an infield double in today’s game (click on the link to view the video). Below is a screen cap at the exact point that Harrison takes off for 2nd base. The ball was hit into the hole and Castro threw to 1st. Darwin Barney raced behind the bag to back it up […]

What the hell are the Cubs going to do this offseason?

I started blogging about the Cubs after the 2003 season. Myself and a couple others eventually started our own blog, but even after the 2003 season the direction the Cubs were heading was obvious. They had just come within 5 outs of reaching the World Series and they returned what was arguably the best rotation […]

Want to know when a statistic is useless?

Aramis Ramirez leads the Major Leagues with a .427 batting average in August while teammate Reed Johnson is fifth at .400. Ramirez is tied for tops among any Cubs player in the month of August, dating to 1946. Shawon Dunston batted .427 in August 1991; Bill Madlock hit .425 in August 1975; and Manny Trillo […]

Aramis Ramirez caused the US debt downgrade (also, mini Cubs-Braves preview)

Cubs Legend Todd Hollandsworth shot his mouth off on the radio today (recap at HBT). Then you bring into question effort and that’s one thing in the game of baseball that really is inexcusable. One hundred percent effort all the time, there’s really no reason for you not to have 100 percent effort. He’s got […]

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