Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks Found a Formula for Success in Impressive Debut

Kyle Hendricks burst on to the scene and was rather impressive after he was called up last season. I wanted to take a little deeper look into his Major League debut with a statistical analysis and to see if we could expect more of the same in 2015. Hendricks having limited Major League experience is […]

One Reason the Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo is Quietly Becoming a Perennial All-Star

The first on-base column focused on the regulars last year with above average on base percentages. It’s been a topic for a while now using sabermetrics and wanting players with high on base percentages. The Cubs have completely re-built their roster from the ground up and one of their first acquisitions was Anthony Rizzo. Rizzo has […]

The Cubs and Stats Sunday

Several of the traditional baseball stats can no longer tell the entire story about a player’s production … and that was the theme for Stats Sunday with Len Kasper, Jim Deshaies and Bob Vorwald. Len Kasper introduced Stats Sunday to the Cubs’ broadcasts last season and brought non-traditional statistics to Cubs’ broadcasts. Baseball is a […]

Samardzija Dominates

Jeff Samardzija’s dominant outing Sunday was definitely unexpected. Samardzija ended his first start of the season with an impressive line (one earned run on four hits without a walk and eight strikeouts in 8.2 innings). Really if everything bounces the right way, any pitcher can end an outing with giving up only four hits but […]

Riding the Wind: How Ryan Dempster Got Lucky

Kerry Wood’s performance wasn’t the only problem with Thursday’s 2-1 loss to the Washington Nationals. No, another problem lurked below the surface, one that you wouldn’t necessarily notice because of the results. That cryptic explanation points to Ryan Dempster’s performance.

Converting Jeff Samardzija to the Rotation

From all indications, Jeff Samardzija is a near lock to begin the season in the Cubs’ starting rotation. Dale Sveum clearly thinks highly of him, and other candidates haven’t proven themselves this spring quite to the extent that Samardzija has. With only two weeks remaining in the Cactus League, Samardzija has dominated. He has struck […]

FIP’ping Off the Cubs’ Starters

When was the last time that the Cubs haven’t had a below average season in the field? You guessed it, it was 2008. It has been three long seasons since the Cubs were simply average in the field. That year, a spry 32-year old Alfonso Soriano led the team in UZR (which takes in several […]

The Cubs will Bank on BABIP for Roster Improvement

“Know what the difference between hitting .250 and .300 is? It’s 25 hits – 25 hits in 500 at-bats is 50 points.” The quote is from the timeless baseball move “Bull Durham,” and is indicative of what the Cubs are hoping for: players’ true talent levels to raise their statistics (with a little luck) to […]

Cardenas Gives the Cubs Flexibility

The Cubs claimed utility-man Adrian Cardenas off waivers from the Oakland A’s Monday. To make room on the 40-man roster for Cardenas, Blake DeWitt was designated for assignment. Cardenas takes DeWitt’s role as the backup infielder, and made the one-time Dodger expendable. Not only does DeWitt really play only two positions–second and third base–and neither […]

Who Could Be the Odd Man Out of the Cubs Rotation?

Along with the loud exit of starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano, the Cubs have quietly amassed a stable of valuable pitchers. No, the Cubs haven’t gone out and gotten the most talented and most capable of starting pitchers. However, relative to the contracts that the team is paying their starting pitchers, their value exceeds their marketability.