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If you had Luis Valbuena in the office pool, raise your hand

It’s June 19th and the Cubs are 69 games into their season. You and I probably picked Anthony Rizzo as the most productive position player on the team through this many games, assuming he remained healthy. I think most everybody would have taken Rizzo and almost no one would have taken Luis Valbuena. Well, Valbuena […]

Cubs catchers are terrible at defense

I don't know if you've been paying attention or not, but if you have, you've noticed how terrible the two Cubs catchers are on defense. Dioner Navarro may be the worst defensive catcher I've ever seen. Welington Castillo isn't far behind. I was curious how many times per game these guys have screwed up. Wild […]

Last year Joe Mather, this year Brent Lillibridge?

Last season Joe Mather was signed to a minor league contract and then made the team. Joe Mather was not any good. Not before he signed with the Cubs and especially not with the Cubs. Despite this, he still had nearly 250 plate appearances. Joe Mather was the worst player in baseball last year. Baseball […]

2013 PECOTA Projections

The 2013 PECOTA projections are out and I thought I'd post some of the Cubs below. Since you have to be a subscriber in order to download the spreadsheet, I'm only going to include PA and wOBA, which I calculated using the basic formula. For pitchers I'll only show IP and FIP (I calculated this […]

2013 Cubs projections: Dioner Navarro and Steve Clevenger

Neither of these players are very good so I'm not going to discuss them. Here are the 2013 Cubs projections for Steve Clevenger and Dioner Navarro. Clevenger PA H 2B 3B HR SB avg obp slg wOBA CAIRO 385 92 21 2 5 2 .260 .323 .376 .312 ZiPS 357 86 20 2 3 1 […]

It’s time to get excited about the 2013 Cubs

Spring training is just around the corner and the 2013 Cubs are set to kick off their Cactus League schedule on February 23rd. It's a split squad game and the game against the Angels will even be televised on WGN. It's not until April 1st that non-practice games will be played, but it's time to […]

How many games will the 2013 Cubs win?

Over at The Cub Contrarian, Kyle used an estimated WAR for players to get a team win total. I thought I'd do the same thing, but I'm going to do it two ways: projections and my wild ass guesses. Wild Ass Guess Catchers: Welington Castillo (1.0), Dioner Navarro (negative infinity) I could easily see Castillo […]

Copying what other sucky team’s bloggers do

I was trying to think of something to write about. I had an idea, looked into it, lost interest and left a brief comment summarizing what I found. I've done this many times over the past 6 to 8 months. Then I had an idea last night that couldn't fail. It's so simple I'm surprised […]

Cubs sign Dioner Navarro, Garza cleared to resume something

Continuing with the Cubs tradition of signing relatively safe picks for next to nothing, the Cubs have signed Dioner Navarro to a 1-year, $1.75 million contract. SportsBettiing.ag might say this is a good sign, but I'm just wondering why they're paying him that much money. ; Dioner Navarro spent most of 2012 in the Reds […]

How bad is Koyie Hill?

Over the last two seasons Koyie Hill has posted a 51 wRC+ (weighted runs created, adjusted so that 100 is average like ERA+ and OPS+). wRC+, you may remember, uses wOBA.  Oddly enough, it’s only 11th worst over those two seasons among players with 200 or more PA. It’s bad. It’s downright terrible, but he […]

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