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Projecting the 25-man roster

Yesterday, we heard the strongest whispers yet that Javier Baez was making the Opening Day roster. While not altogether unexpected, it nonetheless helps to shape the roster (and with just 2 weeks left, we’ll be hearing a lot more of these soon, I’d wager). The 5th OF and the 6th (or 7th) reliever aren’t the most pivotal […]

The Cubs #5 starter battle dissected

When the Cubs opened camp this Spring Training, one of the only real battles for a roster space figuring to take place was at the back-end of the rotation. 1 through 3 was definitely set (Lester, Arrieta, Hammel), and the 4th starter was almost certainly going to be Kyle Hendricks (though Muskat and others whispered […]

3-16-15 Liveblog (Cubs vs. Dads)

I’m watching the game and took the day off. I’m going to blog my random thoughts. First, the lineup: Al Contra 3B (interestingly) Coghlan LF  (looking behind his shoulder at Bryant/Lake) Castro SS Soler RF Bryant DH (nursing shoulder soreness) Sweeney CF (battling for a suddenly crowded outfield) Castillo C (auditioning for the Padres) \O/ […]

OV Daily Facepalm/Game Thread 3.12.15

Tweets of the day   Didn’t think I could care about anything less than hearing about fantasy baseball teams, but then Will Ferrell started playing in ST games. — Cee Angi (@CeeAngi)

Cubs Blogger Loses His Sandwich and Mind Over Cubs Latest Dick Move

The Cubs have finally pushed Alvin beyond the brink of what he can accept. He can accept years and years and years of a sucky team with no real plan in place to ever change that. He can accept that his seat 400 feet away from home plate now costs as much or more than […]

Ten Changes Rob Manfred, the MLB Players Union and Owners Should Enact Ten Years Ago

http://gty.im/52444340 It’s been almost a month since Rob Manfred discussed the possible, out-there, well-maybe-I-would-do-this-if-I-got-really-drunk-at-a-party changes with Karl Ravech. (Don’t worry, the “Ten Changes AndCounting Should Make to His Posting Habits” post is in the works including #6: “Consider posting every four years rather than annually or just whenever a new president is sworn into office […]

2015 Cubs Baseball is Coming

Pitchers and catchers report for the Cubs in three days. Based on tweets from Carrie Muskat, it looks like quite a few players are already in Mesa: Need a shot of spring? Lester, Wood, Motte, Arrieta doing drills.

Know Thy Enemy: 2015 Cardinals

This is the first in a 5-part series that will look at each of the Cubs’ divisional rivals this season. I’m going to start from the top and work my way down, so we can end on some happier notes. Today, we look at the Cardinals, who were the class of this division and appear […]

Simple Rating System for BP Top 101

The BP 101 just dropped. For some reason, WordPress isn’t allowing me to link that, so go here to see it. http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=25538 It’s free, so there are no worries about proprietary business.  I made a simple ranking system for the prospects and organized each team by how many points they had. My system is as […]

Cubs offseason additions pushing up Opening Day prices

If there is one team more than any other in Major League Baseball this year that is on the verge of breaking out and storming up the ranks, it just might be the Chicago Cubs, who orchestrated a plethora of moves this offseason that have them thinking about big things in 2015. And that’s saying […]

What happened to James Shields?

No free agent pitcher has ever signed a contract greater than $50 million dollars after January 31st. Today is February 1st. I have to imagine that trend is going to break for James Shields…but I’m not sure. Shields was the consensus 3rd option in a pretty good free agent class for pitching. Lester quickly went […]

Welcome, Commissioner! Let’s talk.

Hello, Rob! Congratulations on replacing the Witch-King of Angmar as the commish of the MLB. The Thousand-Year Reign is now over, and Mr. Manfred will indelibly try to leave his mark on baseball as soon as possible. He’s given some thoughts as to what he might do (and what he might not do). I’m sure […]

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Cubs Nation Says Farewell to Mr. Cub

Ernie Banks’ career had just ended when I was born, so I never had the pleasure of seeing him play and I never had the pleasure of meeting him, but nevertheless he will always be the first player I think about when you say “Chicago Cubs.” Ernie transcended his accomplishments on the field and that […]

The 2015 Cubs (with ZIPS projections)

Position Player wOBA Pos Avg pwRC+ C Montero 0.304 0.305 100 1B Rizzo 0.367 0.328 112 2B Baez 0.319 0.298 107 SS Castro 0.33 0.297 111 3B Bryant 0.364 0.316 115 LF Coghlan 0.307 0.318 97 CF Fowler 0.345 0.32 108 RF Soler 0.335 0.316 106 – – – – – C2 Ross 0.277 0.259 […]

Post-Convention Post

Another Cubs Convention is in the books and the Cubs did their usual nice job of building the embers of hope into an actual flame. This is a time when Cubs fans get to speak and they did not disappoint. The first THREE questions from fans weren’t even questions, but statements thanking and praising the Ricketts […]

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