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 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?”

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”

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”

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?”

Why Willson Contreras Is a Massive Breakout Candidate

The Cubs are rolling right now and there’s a bunch of guys who I could write about for getting off to great starts, but Willson Contreras has some really eye-popping numbers. Below are the Top 5 hitters in the MLB in average exit velocity this season. Contreras is second in the MLB with a 96.5Continue reading “Why Willson Contreras Is a Massive Breakout Candidate”

Here’s What’s Wrong With Craig Kimbrel: He’s Not Just Getting Old

Last Summer, the Cubs signed Craig Kimbrel to a 3-year, $43 million guaranteed contract to become their new closer. Kimbrel, who had been lights out in his career, has been anything but that since joining the Northsiders. Not that many of you need proof of that, but below is a look at some of Kimbrel’sContinue reading “Here’s What’s Wrong With Craig Kimbrel: He’s Not Just Getting Old”

Cubs- Down On The Farm: Keegan Thompson

Player: Keegan Thompson Position: Right-Handed Pitcher Height: 6’1 Weight: 210 Age: 25 Bats/Throws: R/R Current Level: AA Tennessee MLB.com Rank: 11th in Cubs System Drafted: 2017 (3rd Round, 105th Overall by Cubs) Hometown: Cullman, AL College: Auburn The Cubs selected Thompson in the third-round in 2017. He was one of a bunch of college pitchers taken by the Cubs in the early rounds of that 2017 draft. He madeContinue reading “Cubs- Down On The Farm: Keegan Thompson”

Cubs- Down On The Farm: Christopher Morel

Player: Christopher Morel Position: 3B Height: 5’10 Weight: 140 Age: 21 Bats/Throws: R/R Current Level: A South Bend MLB.com Rank: 10th in Cubs System Signed: 2015, by Cubs Hometown: Santiago, Dominican Republic The Cubs signed Christopher Morel back in 2015 for $800,000. As a 20-year old last season, Morel played his first year of full-season ball. The first thing I noticed when researching him is his weight isContinue reading “Cubs- Down On The Farm: Christopher Morel”

Cubs- Down On The Farm: Cory Abbott

Player: Cory Abbott Position: Right-Handed Pitcher Height: 6’2 Weight: 220 Age: 24 Bats/Throws: R/R Current Level: AA Tennessee MLB.com Rank: 11th in Cubs System Drafted: 2017 (2nd Round, 67th Overall by Cubs) Hometown: San Diego, CA College: Loyola Marymount The Cubs selected Abbott second round of the 2017 draft after an impressive junior year at Loyola Marymount. Not only did he set a school record for strikeouts perContinue reading “Cubs- Down On The Farm: Cory Abbott”