Answer to Lester’s Pick Off Problems Could Be Welington Castillo

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The book on Jon Lester has been written.  He hates throwing to first base.  Because of that, teams are more aggressive in their leads and they are much more willing to attempt steals against him.  Already this season Lester has Continue reading

Let’s Pretend the Cubs Have to Add At the Deadline: Johnny Cueto Edition

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Okay, let’s start by saying that we have established that the 2015 Chicago Cubs season isn’t actually doomed yet.  Let’s further suggest that because the Cubs are expected to improve and should get reinforcements from the minors, they should be Continue reading

After the Top Prospects, McKinney Goes Unnoticed

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Since Theo Epstein took over the Cubs in October of 2011, the Cubs have been stockpiling assets at a startling rate.  All of it was part of building a healthy organization, starting with foundation pieces in the minor league system, Continue reading

The Struggles of Selecting Hall of Famers

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Year after year, the hall of fame election draws all sorts of debate and discussion.  The rules are terrible.  Someone sells their ballot to Deadspin.  Players who everyone thinks should be in are left out.  PEDs are discussed again.  It’s Continue reading

False Narratives About Cubs, Rebuild Too Much to Handle

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Forgetting that the collective bargaining agreement instituted in 2011 changed the way teams are able to build a winning team and how quickly they are able to do it, the number of false narratives surrounding the Cubs and the way Continue reading

Cubs Add Felix Doubront; Close to Trading Bonifacio

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The Cubs, led by Theo Epstein, have acquired another player that he knows from his time with the Red Sox. Cubs Acquire Felix Doubront http://t.co/pPr4X6VG82 — MLB Trade Rumors (@mlbtraderumors) July 30, 2014 Felix Doubront is a left-handed pitcher who has Continue reading

Cubs Need To Consider Trading Travis Wood

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The sentiment in this is going to be wildly unpopular for two reasons: 1. Because of the trade that just happened, sending Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland; and 2. Because Travis Wood is a fan favorite…but the Cubs Continue reading

Okay Jake Arrieta, you can stay

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You guys remember when we were looking at some Cubs player stats the other day, and Jake Arrieta was lighting up the charts with his great pitching despite starting the year a bit late due to lingering arm issues?  Well, Continue reading

The Shark List: Ranking the Potential Landing Spots

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As we move into June, and past the amateur draft next week, trade winds are going to start blowing just a bit harder than they have been over the first two months of the season.  With so few teams being Continue reading

2014 NL Central Preview: 2nd Place – Pittsburgh Pirates

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The 2013 Pirates finally broke through and made the playoffs.  After flirting with contention through July in 2011 and 2012, that next step was critical in the development of the franchise, and Clint Hurdle‘s job security.  There is no reason Continue reading