The Cubs’ Title Defense

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As we inch closer to when pitchers and catchers report everyone is getting excited to see what will happen for our Defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. Talk about an amazing time at the end of the 2016 baseball season. I was fortunate to be able to go to one Continue reading The Cubs’ Title Defense

Wade Davis Bolsters Flexibility of Bullpen

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Before we dive into new Cubs reliever, Wade Davis, let’s talk about new (again) Yankees closer, Aroldis Chapman and what he meant to the Cubs bullpen.  Chapman came to the Cubs as a rigid one inning closer who preferred to start an inning with no inherited runners and shut it Continue reading Wade Davis Bolsters Flexibility of Bullpen

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving to you all. This year we have plenty to be thankful for. I want to start by saying thank you to each and every one of you who have read and shared this blog over the years. I want to thank the almost 21,000 of you who have Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving!

The Cubs’ Science Experiment

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As we sit in a rain delay and wait anxiously for another Chicago Cubs game to begin (they’re in Denver to take on the Colorado Rockies), it bears repeating how well Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have constructed this roster, and how well manager Joe Maddon has maximized matchups to Continue reading The Cubs’ Science Experiment

Down on the Farm: Cubs System Ripe With Arms

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Since Theo Epstein has run the Cubs’ baseball operation, the strategy has been to target high upside hitting prospects in the draft.  As year four winds down, that strategy seems to be paying off.  Kris Bryant leads the National League in fWAR.  Addison Russell (1.5) and Kyle Schwarber (1.4) are Continue reading Down on the Farm: Cubs System Ripe With Arms

Down on the Farm: Checking in on In-Season Promotions

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As the middle of the season is upon us, and some of the all-star breaks have concluded, it is moving time for players who have performed well in the first half.  The Cubs’ system has seen a number of players promoted to new levels after their league’s all-star break and Continue reading Down on the Farm: Checking in on In-Season Promotions

Down on the Farm: Minor League Trade Candidates Helping Cubs Maximize Returns

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As the season progresses to the end of June, it is starting to get close to trade season.  The Cubs figure to make a least a couple of moves, and will need to use their minor league surpluses to do so.  The substance of those moves could depend on the Continue reading Down on the Farm: Minor League Trade Candidates Helping Cubs Maximize Returns

Down on the Farm: Alcantara’s Resurgence Could Spark Return

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The Cubs’ new short season affiliate, the Eugene Emeralds, starts play in less than a week with a June 18th start at Everett.  There has not been a roster released for the Emeralds as of yet, but it shouldn’t be too far from coming out.  The Cubs have a lot Continue reading Down on the Farm: Alcantara’s Resurgence Could Spark Return

Down on the Farm: Javy’s Getting Closer

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Down in Arizona, the big league club is getting healthier by the day, with Olt starting to take batting practice after having the cast removed from the fracture in his forearm.  With players like Mike Baxter and Jonathan Herrera filling roles on the major league roster that they weren’t necessarily Continue reading Down on the Farm: Javy’s Getting Closer

Minor League Recap: Wada Return and La Stella’s Setback

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On the minor league rehab trail, it’s been tough sledding for some Cubs.  Tommy La Stella has been put back on the shelf after aggravating an injury with Tennessee.  Dallas Beeler has been optioned to Iowa after struggling during his rehab stint in Iowa.  Tsuyoshi Wada‘s stint ended and he Continue reading Minor League Recap: Wada Return and La Stella’s Setback