How the Front Office Built the Cubs 40-Man Roster

FanGraphs posted an interesting report on how each team built their current 40-man roster. August Fagerstrom examined all 30 rosters and broke the player acquisitions into six categories: Amateur Draft, Free Agent, Trade, International, Waivers and Rule 5 Draft. And provided the projected WAR for the categories based on Steamer projections. The Cubs drafted eight […]

Cubs 2016 Spring Training Preview: Relief Pitchers

Over the last couple of seasons for the Chicago Cubs, the front office has taken a patchwork approach to building a bullpen. Mainstays like Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop and Justin Grimm were cast-offs from other organizations and have excelled since joining the team.  The approach had 20 total pitchers pitch in relief to a tune […]

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 […]

ESPN Ranks Cubs Bullpen Fifth in Baseball

Buster Olney posted his list of the top bullpens, and Olney ranked the Cubs behind the Yankees, Royals, Red Sox and Astros as having the fifth best pen in baseball. According to Buster Olney, teams like the Yankees “might have more dynamic options at the back end, but the Cubs might have more depth than […]

Pitching Staff Projections for the 2016 Chicago Cubs

Pitchers and catchers don’t report for eight weeks and Opening Night against the Angels in Los Angeles is more than three months away, but it’s never too early projections. The Cubs will begin Spring Training not only the popular pick to win the NL Central Division Crown but also as a favorite to be the […]

Cubs 2015 Position Review – Bullpen

In our last installment, we analyzed a starting pitching staff that despite a lack of depth was one of the best in all of baseball. While their accomplishments were impressive, what may be even better was a bullpen that finished eighth in overall ERA at 3.38 with 20 pitchers and two position players making at […]

The Daily CCO: Starlin Castro Nine Years Later and Other Cubs News and Notes

It was on this date in 2006 the Cubs signed 16-year old Starlin Castro as an amateur free agent. Castro made his big league debut on May 7, 2010 with an incredible performance at Great American Ball Park. Castro hit a home run and a triple in five at bats and drove in six runs. […]

Cubs Month in Review – September 2015

After a strong August, September and early October was more of the same for one of the hottest teams in all of baseball. The young squad got stronger as the season wound down and won their last eight games. With the wild card playoff game on Wednesday on every Cubs fans mind, let’s take a […]

Ninety-Seven Wins – Cubs 3, Brewers 1

Game One Hundred Sixty-Two – Cubs 3, Brewers 1 WP – Dan Haren (11-9) LP – Jorge Lopez (1-1) Save – Travis Wood (4) Anthony Rizzo drove in a pair of runs with a single in the first inning. The Cubs scored all three runs in the opening frame and gave Dan Haren and the […]

Jackson, Castro Drive the Action Behind Big Night from Lester – Cubs 10, Reds 3

Game One Hundred Fifty-Eight – Cubs 10, Reds 3 WP – Jon Lester (11-12) LP – Anthony DeSclafani (9-13) Save – None Austin Jackson drove in a career-high five runs. Starlin Castro homered and doubled in a run. Jon Lester was on base twice, started a two-out rally in the third, scored a pair of […]