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Daisy Cutter: (A)nother (S)eason (T)hreatening (R)ecords (O)f (S)trikeouts
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Sahadev Sharma

01-21

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Daisy Cutter: Maddon Meets the Bleacher Bums
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Sahadev Sharma

01-20

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Transaction Analysis: The Cubs Get Raysy
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Sahadev Sharma and Craig Goldstein

01-14

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Daisy Cutter: The Depths, and Depth, of Adam Dunn's Career
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Sahadev Sharma

01-09

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Daisy Cutter: Candidate Obituaries for the Zero Percenters, Part 2
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Sahadev Sharma

01-07

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Daisy Cutter: Candidate Obituaries For the Zero Percenters
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Sahadev Sharma

12-23

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Transaction Analysis: Catching On to the Cubs
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Sahadev Sharma

12-19

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Transaction Analysis: Live That Fantasy
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Sahadev Sharma and Wilson Karaman

12-17

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Daisy Cutter: The Value of Five-Plus Players
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Sahadev Sharma

12-15

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Transaction Analysis: Melky Laughs Last
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Sahadev Sharma and Wilson Karaman

12-11

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Transaction Analysis: The Cubs Finally Land One
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Sahadev Sharma

12-09

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Transaction Analysis: Hammel Back
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Sahadev Sharma and Mauricio Rubio

12-03

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Transaction Analysis: The Surprisingly High Price of Nostalgia
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Sahadev Sharma and Nick Shlain

11-26

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Daisy Cutter: Jon Lester's New Peers
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Sahadev Sharma

11-24

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Transaction Analysis: Up and Adam
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Sahadev Sharma and Mauricio Rubio

11-17

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Daisy Cutter: How To Win
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Sahadev Sharma

11-05

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Daisy Cutter: Joe Maddon, And The Cubs, Have Arrived
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Sahadev Sharma

10-31

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Daisy Cutter: A Year With Rick Renteria
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Sahadev Sharma

10-29

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Playoff Prospectus: Second-Inning Struggles
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Sahadev Sharma

10-28

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Six Preview
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Sahadev Sharma

10-27

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Daisy Cutter: Oscar Taveras' Wondrous Career
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Sahadev Sharma

10-27

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Playoff Prospectus: Petit Comes Up Big
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Sahadev Sharma

10-25

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Four Preview
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Sahadev Sharma

10-23

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Daisy Cutter: Cain's Overlooked Arrival
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Sahadev Sharma

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus: The Unconventional Path: ALCS Game 4
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Sahadev Sharma

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Four Previews
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Sahadev Sharma and R.J. Anderson

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Three Previews
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Sahadev Sharma and Doug Thorburn

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: Yost Plays it Right
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Sahadev Sharma

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: Mattingly's Missteps: NLDS Game Four
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Sahadev Sharma

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Tuesday Previews
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Sahadev Sharma and Doug Thorburn

10-05

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Playoff Prospectus: Puig and Holliday: A Breakdown of Six Strikeouts
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Sahadev Sharma

10-04

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and Game Two Previews
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Doug Thorburn and Sahadev Sharma

10-04

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game One Recap: Cardinals 10 Dodgers 9
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Sahadev Sharma

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: Baseball Nirvana Game Previews
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Sahadev Sharma, Jeff Quinton, Mike Gianella, Doug Thorburn and J.P. Breen

09-30

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Daisy Cutter: The Draw of Averages
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Sahadev Sharma

11-13

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Baseball ProGUESTus: How Alfonso Soriano Got His Groove Back
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Sahadev Sharma

07-03

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Is Starlin Castro the Key to the Cubs' Rebuilding?
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Sahadev Sharma

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PECOTA likes the Astros' chances of producing insane strikeout totals. Also, more importantly, it likes the Astros' chances of scoring copious runs.

If you were on baseball Twitter Sunday, you saw the uproar new commissioner Rob Manfred caused by throwing out the possibility of perhaps thinking about maybe banning the shift to increase offense. Yeah, it doesn’t take much to get baseball Twitter angry. But it did lead to strong discussions about other possible causes of baseball’s scoring problem (and boring problem), such as the enlarged strike zone.

This prompted Jeff Passan to tweet the following:

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January 21, 2015 6:00 am

Daisy Cutter: Maddon Meets the Bleacher Bums

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Sahadev Sharma

A fanfest puts Joe Maddon to his first big test: Fans.

The annual Cubs Convention is always an interesting weekend. It’s usually good for a bit of news and always worth a chuckle or two. The attendees range from the first-timer with no clue what to expect to the convention vet who perfectly sets his schedule to get every autograph and ask a question at every panel. For obvious reasons, Cubs fans are a rare breed; when the team you root for is often the butt of jokes all around the baseball world, it will naturally do some damage. But in general, the fans aren’t much different than any other team’s—some perfectly level-headed, others not so much.

I’ve attended the past four conventions, all as a member of the media, and it’s a rather exhausting three days of Cubs madness. At every convention I’ve attended, the main news has centered around the renovation of Wrigley: Introducing plans, then promising to finally start the process, and this year, with ground finally broken, explaining the contingency plan now that the bleachers won’t be open until a month-plus into the season.

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January 20, 2015 12:30 am

Transaction Analysis: The Cubs Get Raysy

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Sahadev Sharma and Craig Goldstein

Dexter Fowler gives Chicago OBP at the top of the lineup and gives Maddon the flexibility to mix and match in myriad ways.

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How Adam Dunn's career helped the world appreciate three true outcomes, and how an encounter during Dunn's worst season helped the author appreciate Dunn's patience.

When Adam Dunn joined the White Sox he brought huge expectations. He’d just come off seven consecutive seasons with at least 38 homers, he was the prototype darling of the Pre-Zobrist Stathead Era, and, maybe most importantly, he had just signed a four-year, $56 million contract. Like Uncle Ben told Peter Parker, with big money comes big expectations—I may be a little off on that quote, having been more baseball cards than comics as a kid, but you get the point.

That 2011 season was anything but Dunn living up to expectations. It was his first year in a big media market—it just so happened to coincide with my first full season covering baseball—and everyone was asking him about his struggles. Of course, that meant I had to do the same, and in doing so, Dunn’s response to a lazy question would teach me a lot about being a reporter.

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Saluting the even better players who didn't make it to next year's ballot.

I’ll never forget when I decided to pursue my dream of becoming a sports journalist. I was driving home from another boring day at my internship and talking on the phone with my brother. He asked me if I was excited to be graduating from college in a few months and I admitted that I wasn’t too thrilled about it. He pressed and I told him that I didn’t want to be an engineer, I wanted to work in sports. He then laughed at me when I pointed out that there was no point, because I was too old to try to switch careers—I was 24, my brother five years my senior. He simply said, “If that’s your dream and you think you’re good enough, just go and do it.” It was the push I needed, the support I was looking for to take a crazy leap. I can’t thank my brother enough for doing that for me. There have been numerous other people I’ve befriended along this journey, many of whom I looked up to either personally or professionally, who said or wrote me something that helped keep me going when I was ready to give up.

I tell this story because it was brought to my attention that veteran Reds reporter Hal McCoy gave Aaron Boone one of the two votes Boone received for the Hall of Fame. On its face, that seems a bit odd, but, according to this column, it turns out McCoy had a pretty nice reason to give Boone a vote.

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January 7, 2015 6:00 am

Daisy Cutter: Candidate Obituaries For the Zero Percenters

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Sahadev Sharma

Saluting the players who didn't make it to next year's ballot.

It’s likely that much of the discussion currently going on in the baseball world is of who got in the Hall of Fame, if they were deserving, and the travesty of those who didn’t make it but should have. I enjoy that discussion to an extent, but I also don’t see much value in debating people who have a fundamentally different view on things, especially when it comes to PEDs. I, and I’m assuming many of you, have heard all the arguments for or against allowing players suspected of or who have admitted using PEDs into Cooperstown. Other than time, I don’t really see what’s going to change the mind of anyone who has done the proper amount of research* on the subject.

*Apparently to some, doing actual research instead of just trusting our eyes and often-flawed memories is something to be mocked.

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December 23, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Catching On to the Cubs

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Sahadev Sharma

Why David Ross and, more interestingly, why not Welington Castillo?

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December 19, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Live That Fantasy

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Sahadev Sharma and Wilson Karaman

The Royals put their faith in a pitcher coming off a BABIP spike and a pitcher coming off his second Tommy John surgery.



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It can be difficult for two teams to balance the value of a pitcher with his impending free agency.

Over a month ago when now-debunked rumors surfaced that the Cubs and Nationals were interested in a deal that would have sent Jordan Zimmermann to the North Side, I immediately questioned, well, for what, exactly? Sure, Zimmermann is a hugely valuable pitcher, one of the better arms in all of baseball, but there were too many obstacles keeping a (to my mind) sensible deal from happening.

The Nats are coming off a great year and are still on the upswing, expected to be clear leaders for the NL East this season and possibly for some years after that. The Cubs are attempting to build a contender for 2015, but would they really give up some of the best prospects in baseball for one year of control of Zimmermann? It seemed contradictory to everything they’d been working toward over the past few years. And unless the Nats are going to turn around and sign someone like Max Scherzer, they’d likely want someone(s) who could immediately aid them in a potential 2015 World Series run.

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December 15, 2014 12:57 am

Transaction Analysis: Melky Laughs Last

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Sahadev Sharma and Wilson Karaman

The White Sox continue to upgrade their many positions of doom, signing Melky Cabrera to a three-year deal.

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December 11, 2014 12:05 am

Transaction Analysis: The Cubs Finally Land One

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Sahadev Sharma

After finishing second in a number of high-end free agent pursuits, the front office lands Jon Lester. That should help them snap another string of disappointing finishes.

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December 9, 2014 12:03 am

Transaction Analysis: Hammel Back

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Sahadev Sharma and Mauricio Rubio

While the world watches Lester, the Cubs fill in the middle of their rotation.

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