Chicago Cubs Analysis

Grading The Deals: Lucroy, Wilson/Avila, Garcia

by John Watson

Jul 31, 2017 1:04 PM

On Jonathan Lucroy to the Rockies, Justin Wilson and Alex Avila to the Cubs, and Jaime Garcia to the Yankees. Read more »

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The Hangover, Part II: What the Dickens Is Up With The Cubs' Offense

by John Watson

Jun 28, 2017 8:26 PM

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 »

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Predictions For The 2017 MLB Season (Bold, Tepid & Otherwise)

by John Watson

Mar 31, 2017 1:59 PM

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 »

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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 »
World Series Preview: The Case For The Cubs

by John Watson

The Cubs are here for a reason: they were the the best team in the regular season and they still have the best team. Small-sample-size shenanigans aside, there's every reason to believe that the Cubs are going to win this series and the longest championship drought in professional sports. Read more »
NLCS Preview: The Case For The Cubs

by Andrew Perna

It won't be easy but it's going to take a herculean effort from the Dodgers, and serious internal failure, for the Cubbies not to advance onto the 112th World Series. Read more »
NLCS Preview: The Case For The Dodgers

by John Watson

The Cubs have a slight edge in talent and homefield but this series is essentially a coin toss with how the Dodgers' pitching has rounded into form and a deep lineup. Read more »
Making An MVP: The National League Award Race

by John Watson

Kris Bryant is the best player in the National League who also happens to play for the best team in baseball, which makes the MVP award an easy choice. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Aroldis Chapman Traded To Cubs

by John Watson

The Cubs did get better, but it's certainly not clear that they got that much better to warrant giving up what they did. For this deal to truly work out for the Cubs, the flags will need to actually fly. Read more »
Halfway To Home: Midseason Meanderings On NL Contenders

by John Watson

On the Dodgers' rotation gamble, the Giants' old-school approach, the half-mortal Cubs, Washington's pitchers, Mets' issues, Pirates' cheapness, Cardinals' devil magic and whether the Marlins are for real. Read more »
In Defense Of The Cubs' Scary Starters

by John Watson

The Cubs' rotation has all been pitching better than you would expect based on their raw numbers. The defense is certainly helping the cause and maybe there's some catcher magic going on. Whatever they are doing, if they keep on doing it, this team is going to be scary come October. Read more »
The Good News Bears: Cubs Luck Out With Dexter Fowler

by John Watson

Dexter Fowler hasn't made some huge change to his approach that has turned him from a really good player to a superstar. Rather, he is simply doing everything just a little bit better at the plate and then icing that cake with a heaping helping of good luck, which is unquestionably a recipe for a breakout season from an already solid player. Read more »
Ranking MLB's Best Hitter-Pitcher Combinations

by Andrew Perna

It's difficult to win a World Series on the strength of just two stars, but having a superstar hitter and pitcher is as good a place as any to start building a contender. Read more »
Grading The Offseason: NL Central

by John Watson

On the outstanding offseason by the Cubs and everything the Cardinals, Pirates, Reds and Brewers did to try to keep up. Read more »
2015 Year-End MLB Team Portfolio Rankings

by Andrew Perna & John Watson

The MLB has an ever-changing landscape but this creation of a hierarchal ranking gives a look to how we would choose their collective situations at the end of 2015. Read more »
Cubs Stir The Hot Stove By Signing Zobrist, Trading Castro

by John Watson

The Cubs kept Ben Zobrist from the Mets and then traded Starlin Castro to the Yankees. Theo Epstein and company appeared to be grabbing value wherever you can find it and then figure out the rest later. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Cubs Give John Lackey $32M To Be No. 3 Starter

by Andrew Perna

John Lackey is due for a regression after a stellar 2015 season, but the Cubs are still confident he's an upgrade in the middle of their rotation. Read more »

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