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 […]


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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. […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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Chicago Cubs: Looking Forward to 2010 … The Pitching Staff

Monday it was the Starting Eight, next up on the CCO’s look at the early projections for 2010 … Lou Piniella’s pitching staff. Not only will the starting rotation for the 2010 version of the Chicago Cubs have a couple of changes, the Cubs’ pen appears to be headed for another off-season overhaul. Part Two: […]


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96 Wins Projected for Cubs in 2009

Baseball Prospects updated their projections for the upcoming season on Monday. PECOTA has the Cubs posting a 96-66 record, tops in the National League and 13 games better than the second place Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central. BP has the Red Sox winning the AL East with a 98-64 record, the Indians in the […]


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A Look Ahead….Predicting the Pitching Staff for 2008

A couple of weeks back the CCO took a look at the Cubs’ offense for the upcoming season. Today the second of the CCO’s 3-part preseason predictions will focus on Lou Piniella’s pitching staff. Lou Piniella still has a few decisions to make…. Which two pitchers will fill out the rotation? Who will end up […]


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A Look Ahead….Predicting the Offense for 2008

This is the first of at least three predictions contests for the upcoming season here at the CCO. As the countdown to Opening Day has begun the big question is….how will the Cubs’ offense perform once the games count? Rumors still suggest the Cubs could end up with a new leadoff hitter before long but […]


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