Maintaining a Strong Cubs Team Through an Extended Competitive Window

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Let’s begin by saying that I’m glad the Chicago Cubs have an ownership group that is not afraid to invest in winning when it makes sense, and has a good long game in mind as they hope to keep this competitive window wedged open for years to come.  I suppose Continue reading Maintaining a Strong Cubs Team Through an Extended Competitive Window

Chatting About Chatwood

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Another school day down and another day closer to winter break.  We still have to wait and see what some coveted assets decide to do, but in the meantime, the Chicago Cubs decided to make a new investment: The Chicago Cubs agreed to a three-year contract with right-hander Tyler Chatwood on Thursday. The #Cubs Continue reading Chatting About Chatwood

Dreamcast 27: There’s Always Last Year

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As the school year continues and baseball goes into hibernation for the winter, a slowly-recuperating Rice and fearless leader Anno get together to talk shop again… Thoughts on a splendid World Series, even if it didn’t involve the Cubs; Offseason moves that could happen to improve the Cubs for another Continue reading Dreamcast 27: There’s Always Last Year

The Cubs’ Financial Flexibility

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While the Chicago Cubs continue tuning up for the regular season, when games actually count, I noted that the MLBTR folks had started talking about the free agents come next offseason.  MLBTR ranked the top ten impending free agents of that class, which is headlined by the Cubs’ own Jake Continue reading The Cubs’ Financial Flexibility

Ivy’s Roundup – Winning More Than You Lose, Tradez & Videoz

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Let’s just get to the scores first as the Chicago Cubs looked pretty good coming out of the All-Star Break.  Maybe they just needed a breather after all?  And this, again, is without two of their key bats in Dexter Fowler and Jorge Soler, who are with the Iowa Cubs Continue reading Ivy’s Roundup – Winning More Than You Lose, Tradez & Videoz

Hello Rangers? You Want Edwin Jackson?

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Some sad news around baseball might be quite beneficial to the Chicago Cubs. As everyone knows, the Cubs have a surplus in the starting pitching department. Cubs Manager Joe Maddon came out earlier saying that Travis Wood and Edwin Jackson would be in competition for the fifth starter. ICYMI: Maddon Continue reading Hello Rangers? You Want Edwin Jackson?

An experiment in visualizing pitch sequencing

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Author’s note: None of this would have been possible without the tremendous work done at Brooks Baseball and their Pitch F/X data. I love them dearly for the hard work they do. Foreward I’m fascinated with pitch sequencing. The most alluring thing about the craft of pitching is how it melds art Continue reading An experiment in visualizing pitch sequencing

No Prize for Second Place

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Off days suck. The traditional day off after game number one by MLB schedule makers is always one of the toughest to make it through, but fate made it an especially difficult task for Cubs fans as two nearly Cubs from a year ago showed why the front office had Continue reading No Prize for Second Place

WSD Post-Deadline Top 13 Prospects List

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First a quick recap of moves that went down the past two days: LHP Paul Maholm (Chicago) + OF Reed Johnson (Chicago) + Cash to Atlanta for RHP Arodys Vizcaino (Unassigned) + RHP Jaye Chapman (AAA Gwinnett) C Geovany Soto (Chicago) + Cash to Texas for RHP Jacob Brigham (AA Continue reading WSD Post-Deadline Top 13 Prospects List

Chicago Cubs Planning a Full Rebuild

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According to Dave Kaplan, who claimed to have talked to several baseball men around the league, all signs point to the Chicago Cubs going forward with a complete rebuild mode. What this means, if what Kaplan reports is true, is that there will be several more changes coming over the Continue reading Chicago Cubs Planning a Full Rebuild