Cubs Minor League Projections and News from Down on the Farm’s Prospect Projections series shifted to the NL Central Division. Sam Dykstra took a look at the players that could have an impact in the Cubs’ division during the upcoming season and Major League projections for the teams’ top prospects. Dykstra is basing his series on Steamer600 projections from FanGraphs. Dykstra explained, “Steamer600 takes previous […]

Cubs Updated Pitching Staff Projections

With pitchers and catchers reporting to Mesa in 17 days, opinions vary on the Cubs starting rotation and bullpen. Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester lead a starting staff that is considered one of the six or seven best rotations in baseball. John Lackey and Jason Hammel should slot in behind Arrieta and Lester. Kyle Hendricks begins […]

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 […]

FanGraphs Early Projections Has Cubs Winning 95 Games in 2016

FanGraphs posted an early look, based on individual Steamer Projections, at each team’s win-loss record for the upcoming season. Dave Cameron pointed out that “probably to no one’s surprise, the Cubs currently stand atop the projections with a 95-67 record.” FanGraphs has Joe Maddon’s team winning the most games in baseball after adding Jason Heyward, […]

Cubs Weekend Headlines: More Projections, Bigger Expectations in the New Year

With ushering in the New Year, the countdown started for pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training. For the Cubs there are 47 days left before camp officially begins on Feb. 19. The Cubs Convention is 12 days away and reports over the last three days indicated the front office is still talking to teams […]

ZiPS Projections for the 2016 Chicago Cubs

FanGraphs posted the Cubs’ ZiPS Projections for next season and the numbers look slightly different from the Steamer Projections for the position players and pitchers. Dan Szymborski developed the computer-based projection system (sZymborski Projection System) that uses an intricate formula to provide an estimate for the most notable pitching and hitting stats. ZiPS is projecting […]

Could Jake Arrieta Be the Key to the Cubs Success?

To say expectations for the Cubs are rather high would be an understatement. From guarantees to predictions to projections, for the first time under Ricketts family ownership the Cubs will be expected to win games at the big league level, and a lot of them. The front office made moves this off-season focused on improving […]

ZiPS Projections for the 2015 Chicago Cubs

As the start of Spring Training quickly approaches, projections for the upcoming season are becoming more and more prevalent. Beyond the odds in Las Vegas that are not based on past on-field performance, several outlets are projecting Joe Maddon’s team to be around .500 and possibly push for spot in the NL Wild Card Game. […]

FanGraphs Projects a 10-Win Improvement for the 2015 Chicago Cubs

The front office, Joe Maddon and Anthony Rizzo are on record stating the Cubs goal for next season is to win the National League Central and play in the post-season for the first time under Ricketts family ownership. The Cubs finished last year with a 73-89 record, fifth in the division, but the young team […]

Position Player Projections for the 2015 Chicago Cubs

Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro will lead what has a chance to be an exciting lineup when the season starts. Rizzo and Castro are the two staples of a young roster as Theo Epstein pointed out early this off-season. The Cubs new hitting coaches, John Mallee and Eric Hinske are in charge of cutting down […]