With the Cubs sitting at 2 games over .500 with 90 games to play, it’s been a disappointing start to the season. There are a lot of reasons why the 37-35 Cubs haven’t boat raced a mediocre NL Central, yet. The offense hasn’t been as consistently good as it was Continue reading Starting Pitcher Acquisition Season is Coming Soon
This week, after calling a truce due to conflicting sports loyalties, Rice talks with veteran baseball writer Justin McGuire (@JMcGuireMLB) about baseball (what else?) thanks to the peace offering of one Starlin Castro bobblehead… Why does the National League suck so much? Some thoughts on unwritten rules stemming from our Continue reading Dreamcast 14: It’s Never Too Soon to Talk About the Trade Deadline!
As you may have guessed from the first two days of the MLB Draft, the Chicago Cubs were pretty big on picking pitchers with high floors and room for growth. We discussed this in the past, and also on the Dreamcast, but with a team that had just come off Continue reading The Chicago Cubs’ Haul in the 2017 MLB Draft
Obviously none of the players drafted this week (especially since the Chicago Cubs pick so late in every round) will be called up to play for the big league team this year, but when the front office said they wanted to address a need, they weren’t kidding. On the first Continue reading All the Pitchers! Cubs in MLB Draft, Day 2
Finally, the MLB Draft has arrived! As before: Since the Cubs are extremely likely to forfeit future picks for anyone, especially not picking so late in each round, let’s assume they only go 5% over their allotted amount. This gives Chicago North a total of $7,827,645 to spread across their Continue reading New Cubs Coming For 2017 — MLB Draft, Day 1 (UPDATES)
A fleeting statement from Peter Gammons quickly spread like wildfire across the internet and most of Chicago Cubs Twitter and other social media… That would be former and potentially repeat MVP Bryce Harper, he of the Washington Nationals and perennial All-Star appearances, five very solid-to-elite tools, and my goodness can’t Continue reading Pondering Bryce Harper…Future Chicago Cubs All-Star?
As the Chicago Cubs enjoy their off day while in transit to Cincinnati to play the Mighty Reds (who as of this moment are in a bit of an offensive funk of their own), I enjoyed a very nice baseball weather day of my own. It was in the mid-60s Continue reading Things I Think About on a Cubs Off Day
With the MLB Rule 4 Draft still about a couple months away, we can look back at my previous assessment of the Cubs’ resources for acquiring domestic talent: We can use the previous year’s draft slot values as a jumping point, although I’m fairly sure that each slot will go up Continue reading The Cubs’ Draft Bonus Pool
For all the good things Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon has brought to the North Side, you have to wonder about his spelling ability sometimes: “Talking about D-peat, I like the way we’re catching the ball,” Maddon said of what he has seen in camp, especially when he discounts outfield Continue reading The Cubs’ “D-Peat” (VIDEOS)
There is something wonderful about writing a blog previewing a Cubs season that doesn’t include things like a World Series Championship drought. Or an NL pennant drought. Or a division championship drought. Or a “this is next year” narrative. Or any of the stuff that has traditionally lined up so Continue reading 2017 Division Preview: 1st Place Chicago Cubs