The Ghosts of Free Agency Future

In the aftermath of the recently announced deal with the city to renovate Wrigley Field, Theo Epstein spoke to the media about its potential benefits to the team: Our payroll now is third in the division. That’s fine. But it should be first in the division. So this is one of the ways that we’re […]

Series Preview: St. Louis Cardinals (90-72) vs Philadelphia Phillies (102-60)

St. Louis squeaked its way into the playoffs thanks to a late-season collapse by the Braves. Again, I find it crazy that there are 2 NL Central teams in the playoffs. Team Overviews Team stats, with NL rank in parentheses Cardinals Phillies wOBA .332 (1st) .316 (6th) UBR 4.0 (5th) -5.7 (14th) UZR -29.8 (15th) […]

Chicago Cubs @ Los Angeles Dodgers

GamedayBRef Preview Cubs wOBA wRC RS Dodgers wOBA wRC RS Starlin Castro .330 .52 -.03 Jamey Carroll .346 .59 -.02 Darwin Barney .297 .39 .03 Jerry Sands .326 .50 .00 Marlon Byrd .334 .51 -.01 Andre Ethier .374 .65 -.01 Aramis Ramirez .347 .54 -.03 Matt Kemp .356 .57 -.02 Geovany Soto .353 .55 -.01 […]

Matt Garza is not this bad or this good

The start to Matt Garza‘s career as a Cub has not gone as planned. After giving up Chris Archer, Robinson Chirinos, Hak-Ju Lee, Brandon Guyer and Super Sam Fuld, the Cubs Cubs were expecting big things from Garza. He’d been a very good pitcher for a few years now and was moving from the AL […]