Chicago Cubs Analysis

Sense And Sensibility: Craig Kimbrel Is A Cub

by John Watson

Jun 6, 2019 1:01 PM

Simply put, the Cubs have needed bullpen help, probably as much as any team in baseball, especially given the difficulties of playing in the most difficult division in baseball this year. Read more »

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Predictions For The 2019 MLB Season (Bold, Tepid & Otherwise)

by John Watson

Mar 28, 2019 8:58 AM

Some rankings, thoughts and predictions for the 2019 season, all of which will certainly come to pass and which we will in no way regret in the future. Read more »

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Grading The 2019 Offseason: NL Central

by John Watson

Mar 18, 2019 10:58 AM

Paul Goldschmidt, Yasmani Grandal and Yasiel Puig are the big additions to the NL Central this offseason. Read more »

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2018 Year-End MLB Team Portfolio Rankings

by Andrew Perna & John Watson

The Red Sox, Astros and Dodgers comprise this year's top-3 with the Yankees and Cubs right behind them. Read more »
Loose Ends: On The NL Tiebreakers And Wild Card Game

by John Watson

On the glorious nonsense of the double one-game playoffs and the NL Wild Card Game. Read more »
Postseason Prospects: Thoughts On The MLB Playoff Races

by John Watson

While there is only one truly interesting race in the AL, the National League has come to the rescue this year and offers a veritable cornucopia of tantalizing scenarios. Read more »
Grading The Deal Roundup: The Search For Reliever Relief

by John Watson

The Indians, Cubs and A's have traded for relievers. Read more »
Early Returns On The National League Favorites

by John Watson

The NL standings are off to a particularly jarring start, with not one of the teams that almost everyone predicted as a division winner (Nationals, Cubs, Dodgers) currently in the lead. Read more »
Predictions For The 2018 MLB Season (Bold, Tepid & Otherwise)

by John Watson

Predicting the regular season awards, division winners and what will happen in the always unpredictable October. Read more »
Grading The Offseason: NL Central

by John Watson

On the moves the Cardinals and Brewers made to close the gap on the Cubs while the Pirates began their rebuild and the Reds did virtually nothing. Read more »
2017 Year-End MLB Team Portfolio Rankings

by Andrew Perna & John Watson

The Astros, Dodgers, Yankees, Indians and Cubs comprise our top-5 as we enter 2018. Read more »
2017 NLCS Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers Vs. Chicago Cubs

by John Watson

The Cubs have been the best team in the NL since the break, but the Dodgers are, however, a better team with a lot of cards stacked in their favor. Read more »
Almost Home: A Quick Look At the NL Wild Card Race

by John Watson

For much of the season, we've been looking at a Diamondbacks-Rockies Wild Card game but the Brewers, Cardinals and Cubs could still make a run. Read more »
Grading The Deals: Lucroy, Wilson/Avila, Garcia

by John Watson

On Jonathan Lucroy to the Rockies, Justin Wilson and Alex Avila to the Cubs, and Jaime Garcia to the Yankees. Read more »
The Hangover, Part II: What the Dickens Is Up With The Cubs' Offense

by John Watson

The Cubs are still, with good reason, the favorite in the NL Central, but their lineup is far from as intimidating as it was during their ridiculous run last year. Here's what's been different. Read more »
Predictions For The 2017 MLB Season (Bold, Tepid & Otherwise)

by John Watson

Here are some predictions for the 2017 season, organized by team. If we make enough; some safe, some crazy, surely, we'll get some right, right? Cue: the rumbling laughter of the baseball gods. Read more »
Grading The Offseason: NL Central

by John Watson

On the Cubs' post-World Series offseason, quiet winters for the Cardinals and Pirates, along with the rebuilding projects for the Reds and Brewers. Read more »
2016 Year-End MLB Team Portfolio Rankings

by Andrew Perna & John Watson

The Cubs won the 2016 World Series but they rank behind the Dodgers and Red Sox in terms of the value of their collective assets. Read more »
Lessons From The 2016 World Series

by John Watson

On how the Cubs are a testament to what happens when you combine such new-school thinking about baseball with big market pockets, the Indians rewrote the rules for the postseason and Baseball always gonna Baseball. Read more »
World Series Preview: The Case For The Indians

by Andrew Perna

A hot streak, home field (Cleveland tied for the second-best home record in baseball) and less pressure aside, the Indians are really, really good. Read more »

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