I’m cool with Starlin Castro staying at shortstop

Avoiding Holliday, now that's a challenge.

Let’s hold off on saying that Starlin Castro is “back” just yet, but so far, despite the snag in spring training and the slow start, he’s got a batting average hovering around .300 and has been making decent contact with Continue reading

World Series Dreaming Fantasy Baseball League Update


First off, allow me to apologize to each and every one of you. Because this is the inaugural WSDFBL, you are all my guinea pigs for this “test run”. There will be kinks to work out to make the league better Continue reading

Edwin Jackson’s Getting a Bad Narrative

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What would you call a pitcher with a 3.79 fielder independent pitching (FIP), a 51.3% ground ball rate, a home run to fly ball ratio of 9.9%, and an fWAR of 2.0? My guess is you wouldn’t immediately call him Continue reading

So, what did Rick Renteria say to the Cubs?


Well, the Cubs didn’t get shut out today, so that was probably the good news.  After another loss, Cubs manager Rick Renteria apparently thought it was time to rally the troops:   #Cubs manager Renteria met with players post-game — Continue reading

Cash Rules Everything Around Me


The Andrew Cashner for Anthony Rizzo deal has been a hot topic this season with the apparent Cashner breakout, and the Cubs have received their fair share of backlash for the deal, but was it really a bad deal like Continue reading

Minor League Recap: 4/12 – 4/17


After slow starts in the first week for all but the Cougars (who remained red hot) most of the system has started to pick it up and win some games.  Just don’t look at Daytona.  The biggest headline of the Continue reading

Junior Lake: The Next Carlos Gomez?

Photo: Rob Grabowski, USA Today

Junior Lake is an enigma for Cubs’ fans.  Some of us think he’s a waste of a roster spot, merely holding a place for the big four prospects to come up and displace him in short order.  Some of us Continue reading

Your Chicago One Hit Wonders

One Hit Wonders

Yea, I know that the Chicago Cubs were able to compile a grand total of three hits in the day portion of the double header, but that comes with an assist to instant replay. If there were not replay being Continue reading

Jeff Samardzija is OK With Breaking the Rules


There were some murmurs of Michael Pineda‘s pine tar situation the other day but I decided not to deal with it because, as even MLB executives didn’t seem to care, it became a relative non-story despite the fact that it Continue reading

Cubs and Cardinals Illustrate Need for Computerized Strike Calls

Photo: Associated Press

If the weekend has shown us anything about the Cubs and the Cardinals, it is the stark contrast in one talent between the two catchers: pitch framing.  Welington Castillo, while a much improved defensive player, is still deficient in this Continue reading