Retooling for 2018: A Comprehensive Plan

Look, we’re not surprised by this outcome, right? I’m thankful as all hell that they didn’t get swept, but the 2017 Cubs were not as good as the 2017 Dodgers. It happens. How do Theo and his merry band of suits make sure it doesn’t happen again in 2018? Let’s walk through how, from the big to the small. 1. Prioritize Athleticism The Cubs were outclasses in the field and on the bases all postseason … Continue reading

Game Notes – 4/9/2017 – Asheville @ Hagerstown

A short set of notes about the Suns game today, not in small part due to the fact that I missed the first inning and a half due to some accidents on I-70. I hope everyone was OK because I am not ready to deal with how incredibly petty my anger at missing those innings would be otherwise. Riley Pint, P, COL Pint was drafted 4th overall in the 2016 draft on the back his … Continue reading

Game Notes – 4/8/2017 – Carolina @ Frederick

Today I took in the matchup between the exciting Carolina Mudcats and the Frederick Keys. It’s been awhile, but I am happy to note that my inability to remember to bring sunscreen is still intact. No videos this week, hopefully I’ll have some for you by the end of the month. Also, the stadium gun at Frederick was off by 8-10 mph so I don’t have any velocities to report, unfortunately. I’m going to review … Continue reading

A List of Outfielders Who Have Posted More fWAR than Jorge Soler

Jorge Soler debuted in 2014. Here is a short list of the outfielders who have produced more fWAR since the beginning of 2014 than he has: Mike Trout Andrew McCutchen Bryce Harper Lorenzo Cain Jason Heyward Yoenis Cespedes Jose Bautista Giancarlo Stanton Alex Gordon Michael Brantley Kevin Kiermaier A.J. Pollock Starling Marte Ben Zobrist Nelson Cruz Adam Eaton Adam Jones Kole Calhoun J.D. Martinez Christian Yelich Carlos Gomez Justin Upton Mookie Betts Yasiel Puig Dexter … Continue reading

Game Notes: 5/1 Greenville @ Hagerstwon

This past Friday, I made the two and a half hour slog through I-495 and I-270 traffic to get up to Hagerstown, Maryland, to see the Greenville Drive (Boston Red Sox) face the Hagerstown Suns (Washington Nationals). The traffic was awful, it almost rained, and Rafael Devers sat the game out. Fortunately, I had the pleasure of sitting near a very nice couple, Tim and Judy, and their nephew Joel, who was about to ship … Continue reading

Game Recap: Lynchburg @ Potomac, 4/26/2015

Sunday was an absolutely gorgeous day for baseball, and I was finally able to drag my butt on down to Prince William County to see the Potomac Nationals (Washington Nationals). It was a sunny, high-60s day, there were a ton of dogs in the ballpark, and the Lynchburg Hillcats (Cleveland Indians) were bringing a prospect-heavy outfield to the double header. I really had no choice but to be there. Lynchburg won both halves of the … Continue reading

Other Greg Madduxes

If you’ve had the displeasure to hear Todd Hollandsworth talk about baseball, or have a twitter account, you’ve run into one of the most aggressively wrong pieces of analysis in existence today: The Kyle Hendricks/Greg Maddux comp. It’s honestly incredible that anyone could think that’s a valid comparison. I could write a thousand words on the wrongness of the idea that there is a meaningful comparison between the two pitchers other than the velocity they … Continue reading

Cubs Best and Worst Case Scenario – Second Base

Best Case Scenario I’ve been fairly vocal in my displeasure with Darwin Barney over the past few years, but I really don’t think Barney is a value-less player. Deployed properly, he could be one of the better utility infielders/platoon second basemen in all of baseball, and the best case scenario for the 2014 Cubs is that he becomes that player. Against left handed pitching, Darwin Barney is a career .263/.313/.381 hitter. That’s not going to … Continue reading

You Have to Win Your Division (Second Base)

After looking at the first basemen of the NL Central, who have collectively fallen off since the glory days of Pujols/Votto/Berkman/Lee, we’re now going to look at a position that, honestly, we can never remember being the division’s strong point. Historically this has been such a weak position within the division that Cubs fans, unaccustomed to seeing good non-Biggios playing the keystone, thought Mike Fontenot was worthy of the nickname “Little Babe Rute”*. Since 2000, … Continue reading

Cubs Best Case and Worst Case Scenario – First Base

Best Case Scenario – Anthony Rizzo Meets Reasonable Expectations, Hits 30 HR The hype train was very high when Rizzo hit 15HRs and batted .285/.342/.463 in his first action in a Cub uniform. That hype has gone down because of the season he had last year, when he only put up a .742 OPS. He seemed to be over thinking at the plate and there is reason to believe Rizzo will have a bounce back … Continue reading