Why Trading Yu Darvish Was The Right Move

The Cubs sent some shockwaves across baseball on Monday when they sent Yu Darvish and Victor Caratini to the Padres for Zach Davies, Reginald Preciado, Yeison Santana, Owen Caissie and Ismael Mena. So far I’ve heard almost nothing but negative feedback from the Cubs fanbase, but I think a lot of that comes from anContinue reading “Why Trading Yu Darvish Was The Right Move”

The White Sox Are Loving Lefties

The White Sox are having a heck of a 2020 season. They are currently atop the AL Central and have a shot at the best record in the American League. They’ve been crushing it at the plate, and particularly against left-handed pitches. That’s what I want to look at here. Here we have the topContinue reading “The White Sox Are Loving Lefties”

The Most Unlikely No-Hitter Ever?

Sunday was an incredible day for Chicago Sports! The Bears came back from a 23-6 4th-Quarter deficit to beat the Lions. The White Sox beat the Tigers 5-2, making it their 8th win in nine games. And finally, to top it all off, Alec Mills threw a no-hitter in the Cubs 12-0 victory over theContinue reading “The Most Unlikely No-Hitter Ever?”

3 Big Questions Going into the Bears Opener

The Bears finished last season 8-8, much worse than many of us had hoped for. It seems like the media is very negative on the Bears going into 2020. Many have the opener against the Lions as a very even matchup and Vegas has the Lions favored by three points. Last year the Bears wonContinue reading “3 Big Questions Going into the Bears Opener”

Cubs Playoff Rotation? Which Guys Should Get the Chance

We’re past the halfway point in the 2020 MLB season and the Cubs are alone in first place in the Central with a 96.7% chance to make the playoffs, but there’s definitely areas that can improve and questions the Cubs should be asking as we approach playoff time. Those questions include who they should lineupContinue reading “Cubs Playoff Rotation? Which Guys Should Get the Chance”

White Sox 3 Biggest Over/Underperforming Hitters Right Now

The Sox hitters are killing it right now! Second in the MLB only to the Padres in OPS (On-Base + Slugging Percentage). But let’s take a closer look at which guys are hitting better and worse than expected. We can measure this by comparing expected statistics to actual statistics. Expected statistics uses the exit velocityContinue reading “White Sox 3 Biggest Over/Underperforming Hitters Right Now”

How Contreras’ Work Is Paying Off For Cubs Pitching

Two years ago I made a post for Renegade Sports Analytics on Willson Contreras’ poor framing ability. His framing was costing his pitchers more runs than any other catcher in baseball. The Cubs and Contreras became aware of this and have been working on improving his framing over the last few years and it seemsContinue reading “How Contreras’ Work Is Paying Off For Cubs Pitching”

Breaking Down Jose Abreu’s Monster Weekend

The baseball world has been going crazy about Jose Abreu’s weekend in the crosstown classic. Six home runs in three games against the Cubs, including four consecutive at-bats with a home run. Below is a look at all six of Abreu’s home runs from this past weekend. What is so impressive to me is thatContinue reading “Breaking Down Jose Abreu’s Monster Weekend”

What’s Been Working for Ryan Tepera?

Ryan Tepera allowed runs in his first two appearances as a Cub back on July 27th and 28th, but since then he’s looked very impressive. Since those first two outings, Tepera has not allowed a run in 6.2 innings, has the highest ground ball rate on the team and has struck out eight batters (secondContinue reading “What’s Been Working for Ryan Tepera?”

How Eloy Jimenez Has Been The White Sox Most Effective Hitter in 2020

Although Eloy Jimenez is hitting only .267 for the season so far, he’s been on fire over the last week and has been the most effective hitter on the White Sox in 2020. He’s increased the Sox chance of winning games more than any other hitter In order to see who has increased the WhiteContinue reading “How Eloy Jimenez Has Been The White Sox Most Effective Hitter in 2020”