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

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

You Have to Win Your Divison (First Base)

The quality of first basemen in the NL Central has fallen quite a bit since the days when Pujols and Fielder would terrorize the Midwest all summer long. The first base situation is unclear in two cities and questionable in two more, leaving Joey Votto as the lone superstar at the position. A couple of good seasons in Chicago and St. Louis could change the story, but for now the NL Central is home to … Continue reading

NL Central Draft History

Drafts are a huge part of rebuilding a club.  When a team “goes for it” they also look outside the organization for big time free agents to get the last piece of the puzzle for a championship team.  Signing free agents sometimes cost you a draft pick.  Tommy examines in an earlier article the Indians offseason and why they should sign Kyle Lohse even if it costs them a draft pick.  I decided to take … Continue reading

2013 All-NL Central Team

Photo Credit - Keith Allsion

Coming into the 2013 season, we thought we’d take a quick look at the best NL Central players at each position as a proxy for the strongest teams in the division. The position players of the NL Central are quite strong, but the pitching leaves a bit to be desired. How do our Cubbies stack up? Well, it looks like it’s going to be a rough year for the Cubs (but you already knew that) … Continue reading