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Ballhawks can take 2012 off

One thing I've noticed while looking over the projections the past couple months is just how little power the Cubs have. Their starting lineup is practically filled with singles hitters. Alfonso Soriano still has some pop and so does Geovany Soto, but the rest of the lineup has none. I was wondering when the last […]

Projecting the 2012 Cubs: Left Field

We've yet to show the projections for any of the outfielders and since I've been going around the horn, we'll start with left field. I'm breaking this into four posts: one for each position and then one for the backups. Despite a .289 OBP last season, Alfonso Soriano managed to post a .325 wOBA, which […]

Projecting the 2012 Cubs: Paul Maholm

Next we move to the newest Cubs starter, Paul Maholm. Maholm stat-gathered 13.9 fWAR (11.1 rWAR) in his seven seasons with the Pirates, but it seems like he's been around a lot longer. Some years he was the defacto ace of the staff, and during his tenure he was certainly the most consistent member of […]

Projecting the 2012 Cubs: Ryan Dempster

We haven't looked at any of the pitcher projections yet, so we might as well start with the longest tenured starter on the squad. Last year, Dempster looked utterly awful in the first month of the season. He had some terrible BABIP and HR luck but was generally being hit hard. However, after his first […]

Projecting the 2012 Cubs: Shortstop

Shortstop is the last infield position we have to look at it and it's without a doubt the most exciting position. If you look at Starlin Castro's fWAR you can't help but be impressed, but if you look at his rWAR he looks much less impressive. Whereas UZR sees Castro as a well below average […]

Projecting the 2012 Cubs: 2nd Basemen

I don't really know why, but whenever I think about Darwin Barney I want to pronounce his name with a Boston accent. I guess it makes it more fun to think about Dahwin Bahney rather than what Barney is actually capable of producing. He returns for his 2nd full season though he's probably not the […]

Projecting the 2012 Cubs: 1st Basemen

Bryan LaHair turned 29 years old in November and he's set to take over 1st base for the Cubs in 2012. LaHair was drafted in the 39th round of the 2002 Draft. Until a few years ago teams could do what they called draft and follow which meant they could draft a player, not sign […]

Projecting the 2012 Cubs: Catchers

The past few years I've done posts for each player, but this year I'm going to do it by position. It's a little more than 9 weeks until the season starts so about one of these per week will get it done by the time the season starts. The starting catcher will be Geovany Soto […]

Cubs news and rumors

Manager MILWAUKEE — The Cubs will meet Wednesday with Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum about their vacant managerial position. Sveum was already scheduled to travel here to meet with the Red Sox about a their manager job. Chicago general manager Jed Hoyer said there is no favorite among the candidates and no deadline to select […]

2012 Cubs ZiPS Projections, Part 2

We looked at the ZiPS projections for the batters already so here are the pitchers. Player IP H HR BB K ERA FIP Matt Garza 194.3 176 19 64 181 3.52 3.60 Andrew Cashner 64.7 59 5 30 51 3.76 4.02 Ryan Dempster 174.0 172 21 67 153 4.24 4.17 Carlos Zambrano 137.7 136 14 […]

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 […]

An Unfair Game

There’s a movie coming out this week. Perhaps you’ve heard of it. It’s based on a book that Bill James didn’t write. It goes by many names: Joe Morgan’s Book of Nightmares; The Joy of Stats; The Unbearable Lightness of Beane; Eat, Pray, OBP. Most people just know it as Moneyball. But it’s the subtitle […]

How much have the injuries cost the Cubs, and projecting Doug Davis

Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner were placed on the DL following their first start of the season. Each is currently rehabbing in Arizona and just began facing live batters this week. Wells is a bit ahead of Cashner, but neither pitcher is probably going to be back with the big league club by the end […]

Welington Castillo to Chicago?

It could be nothing, but I couldn’t help but notice that moments after Soto was out of the game that the Iowa Cubs pinch hit for Welington Castillo. Castillo began the season rehabbing in High-A Daytona and has hit a combined .244/.324/.400. This is his 14th game for the Iowa Cubs and he played 12 […]

Cubs to sign Doug Davis

The Cubs are reportedly close to signing Doug Davis to a minor league deal. Davis has been considerably better throughout his career than most people realize. Baseball Reference uses Rally’s WAR calculation and has him at nearly 22 rWAR. Fangraphs has him at 23.5 fWAR. Last season he threw only 38.1 innings in the big […]

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