The Daily CCO: The Cubs Hit the Ball Pretty Bleepin’ Hard and Other News and Notes

With Spring Training just around the corner, most teams are done making major roster moves. Managers are starting to jot down starting lineups for the exhibition season that begins in less than a month. Paul Casella used Statcast data from last season to rank the teams “that figure to boast the hardest-hitting overall lineups.” Casella […]

Ben Zobrist Lands at No. 6 on MLB Network’s Ranking of Top 10 Second Basemen

MLB Network released its list of the top 10 second basemen Thursday night, and the Cubs’ new second baseman made the cut. “The Shredder” ranked Ben Zobrist as the sixth best second baseman in the game. According to The Shredder, the Cubs infielders all made it in the top 10 for their respective positions: Anthony […]

Cubs Updated Position Player, Win Total Projections

Opening Day of the 2016 season is just over two months away and there are a lot of practices and exhibition games on the horizon before the Cubs play a game that counts. FanGraphs has updated its Steamer projections for the 2016 season. And the Cubs win-loss projection changed slightly from mid-January. Instead of 95 […]

Anthony Rizzo Ranked No. 4 on MLB Network’s List of First Basemen

MLB Network is ranking each position based on results from ‘The Shredder’ and Anthony Rizzo checked in as the fourth best first baseman in the game. Anthony Rizzo finished fourth in the voting for National League MVP and was fourth on Buster Olney’s list when he broke down the positions in November. So it’s only […]

The Daily CCO: ESPN Posts Lineup Suggestions for Maddon and Other Cubs News and Rumors

With the way the Cubs’ roster is currently constructed, Joe Maddon doesn’t have a prototypical leadoff hitter to pencil in at the top of his lineup on a daily basis. Re-signing Dexter Fowler is still a possibility, but the front office does not appear interested in bringing him back. Buster Olney recently examined key lineup […]

The Daily CCO: Cubs Third Most Improved Team and Other News and Rumors

Coming off a 97-win season, it’s hard to believe the Cubs have actually improved this off-season. But on paper, the Cubs are a better team than the one that wrapped up the regular season in Milwaukee. The front office added Jason Heyward to the young core that already included Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber […]

The Daily CCO: Cubs Have the Most Fearsome Foursome in Baseball and Other News ranked Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Jason Heyward and Kyle Schwarber the best quartet of sluggers in baseball based on the 2016 Steamer projections. Andrew Simon took a look at “the top five lineup foursomes for next season, based on cumulative offensive runs (Off), a component of wins above replacement (WAR) that includes batting and […]

Highlights from Jed Hoyer Talking Cubs on ESPN 1000

As is the case every year before the Convention starts, Jed Hoyer makes the rounds on the radio and fields questions about the Cubs the day the annual fan fest starts. Jed Hoyer spent time the Friday morning before the Convention on 670 The Score and joined David Kaplan and Jesse Rogers later in the […]

The Daily CCO: ESPN Ranks Cubs Lineup Tops in the National League, Third in Baseball

Buster Olney posted his ranking of the top 10 lineups in baseball and based on conversations he’s had with rival evaluators, the Cubs lineup came in third among all 30 teams, and first in the National League. Olney ranked the Blue Jays and Rangers as the top two lineups in baseball followed by the Cubs. […]

The Daily CCO: Cubs Have the No. 1 Infield According to ESPN, Epstein, Maddon and Other News

Buster Olney continued his rankings of the team units Wednesday. And the Cubs topped Olney’s list of the best infields in the game. Olney based the Cubs No. 1 ranking on input he received from evaluators and “for overall play, not just defense or offense.” Anthony Rizzo finished fourth in voting for the NL MVP. […]