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07-01

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 11: Technical Difficulties
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Sahadev Sharma

06-30

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BP Wrigleyville
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Sahadev Sharma

06-25

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 10: A Night at the Movies
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Sahadev Sharma

06-17

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 9: Unnecessary Play-by-Play
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Sahadev Sharma

06-10

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 8: Lacking a Buzz on Draft Day
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Sahadev Sharma

06-05

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Daisy Cutter: Hammel Throwing Eggs
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Sahadev Sharma

06-03

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 7: Feel Free to Enjoy a Lime-A-Rita
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Sahadev Sharma

06-03

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Rubbing Mud: Three Conversations About (and Not About) Kyle Schwarber
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Matthew Trueblood

05-27

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 6: An Evening with Malort
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Sahadev Sharma

05-22

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BP Wrigleyville
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Sahadev Sharma

05-21

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Transaction Analysis: All's Well That Ends Wel
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R.J. Anderson and Christopher Crawford

05-18

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What You Need to Know: 8 2/3
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Steven Jacobson

05-06

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 4: The Cubs Keep Losing and It Feels Normal
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Sahadev Sharma

05-06

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BP Ballpark Night
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J.P. Breen

05-06

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BP Ballpark Night
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Sahadev Sharma

05-02

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Rubbing Mud: The Ongoing Rise of Rizzo
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Matthew Trueblood

04-30

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BP Wrigleyville
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Mauricio Rubio

04-29

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 3: Cubs Keep Winning and It Feels Weird
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Sahadev Sharma

04-23

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Prospectus Feature: The Left-Handed Pitcher's Guide To Jon Lester's Pickoffs
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Colin Young

04-23

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BP Chicago
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Matthew Trueblood

04-22

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Limited Range Podcast: Episode 2: Comeback Cubs, Bullpen Woes, and Booming Bats
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Sahadev Sharma

04-21

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The Call-Up: Addison Russell
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Christopher Crawford and Nick Shlain

04-20

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BP Wrigleyville
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Rian Watt

04-17

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Going Yard: How Bryant Can Crush
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Ryan Parker

04-17

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The Call-Up: Kris Bryant
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Christopher Crawford and Bret Sayre

04-17

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BP Wrigleyville
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Sahadev Sharma

04-15

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Rubbing Mud: The Early-Season Odds Changers
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Matthew Trueblood

04-14

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BP Wrigleyville
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Matthew Trueblood

04-14

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Prospectus Feature: How To Design A Modern Box Score
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Jesse Krailler

04-14

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Baseball Therapy: Hit the Pitcher Eighth?
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Russell A. Carleton

04-14

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What You Need to Know: April 14, 2015
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Chris Mosch

04-03

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Pebble Hunting: Watching The Worst Game of 2014
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Sam Miller

04-03

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Every Team's Moneyball: Chicago Cubs: Take This Job and Keep It
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Sahadev Sharma

03-31

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Pebble Hunting: The Case For Shaming the Cubs
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Sam Miller

03-23

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Rubbing Mud: Kris Bryant and the CBA Fight Ahead
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Matthew Trueblood

03-18

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Rumor Roundup: Experts: Matt Wieters Can Squat
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Daniel Rathman

03-16

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Daisy Cutter: Coaching Javier Baez
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Sahadev Sharma

03-13

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Prospectus Feature: Scouting With Plate Discipline
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Jeff Moore and Andrew Koo

02-26

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Daisy Cutter: Is Rizzo For Real?
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Sahadev Sharma

02-19

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Painting the Black: The Last Shall Be First
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R.J. Anderson

02-12

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Daisy Cutter: Let's Talk About the Cubs Bullpen
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Sahadev Sharma

02-06

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Rumor Roundup: How Many Trades Would it Take to Makes Shields a Cub?
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Daniel Rathman

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

12-23

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Transaction Analysis: Catching On to the Cubs
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Sahadev Sharma

12-17

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

12-17

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Transaction Analysis: Royals Bank on a Rios Rebound
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R.J. Anderson, Ben Carsley and Nick Shlain

12-16

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Ninety Percent Mental: It's Happening!
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Lewie Pollis

12-11

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Transaction Analysis: The Cubs Finally Land One
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Sahadev Sharma

12-10

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Transaction Analysis: Cubs Get Montero, Braves Add Callaspo
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R.J. Anderson

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After a wonderful podcast gets erased and lost to the world, Brett and Sahadev quickly re-record and go over the Cubs offensive struggles and more.

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June 30, 2015 2:31 pm

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Sahadev Sharma

The Cubs are in the midst of a five-game losing streak that has exposed a weakness. Are there more pressing needs? They certainly have the right talent evaluators to make the decision.

The Cubs are entering a very crucial part of the season. They’ve wrapped up one of the tougher stretches of play that they’ll likely face all season, and despite entering Tuesday on a five-game losing skid, things aren’t as bad as they appear. Yes, the losing stretch exposed some of their holes, but that may turn out to be a good thing. If they can stay afloat through the All-Star break as the team gets healthy, these recent missteps could help guide the front office as they decide what weaknesses need to be addressed and in what way—via trade, just getting healthy, or by supplementing the roster through the minor leagues.

“Any time you can improve from within, that’s the best and most efficient way to get better,” Theo Epstein told reporters a few days before his team started its current losing stretch. “You can’t always count on that, but if you can improve from within—and we know we have a manager and coaching staff that help our players relax and play their best, so we can continue developing in the big leagues. That’s always beneficial to improve the organization from within. It doesn’t mean you stop considering what may help us improve from the outside.”

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Brett and Sahadev talk about depth issues and the rare opportunities they have to go to the movies.

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Brett and Sahadev talk Cubs offense, Kyle Schwarber, hacking, T-ball, and give some random play-by-play.

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Brett and Sahadev talk about the Cubs draft, Jon Lester, and words that have dirty words in them.

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Jason Hammel disappointed with the A's, but seems to have returned to his winning ways with the Cubs

If you’re a follower of the Cubs, you’re aware that this season has been a bit of an up-and-down experience. After a six-game winning streak in mid-May, which took them to a season-high six games over .500, the Cubs have gone 7–9, with the offense being the biggest culprit for their struggles. In seven of those nine losses they’ve scored three or fewer runs, and actually did so in five of their seven victories, too. To get those seven wins, it’s clear the Cubs have had some nice pitching performances, and for the most part, that’s come from the starters.

When most hear that the Cubs' starting pitching is leading the way of late, they're likely to point to Jon Lester, he of the seven-year, $155 million contract signed last December. His spiffy 1.76 ERA in May certainly has helped the Cubs stay afloat during this last month, but he also is the owner of essentially 0 pitcher WARP (the new version, based on DRA), dead last for this current rotation group. Jake Arrieta has a 3.04 ERA, a 26.6 percent strikeout rate, a 5 percent walk rate, and a strong 1.2 PWARP. Tsuyoshi Wada has been impressive since joining the rotation (while not much of an innings-eater, he’s put up a 2.30 ERA with 19 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings in his three starts) and Kyle Hendricks has been better of late.

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Brett and Sahadev talk Jorge Soler's injury and the different scenarios of how the Cubs may go about filling that hole in the lineup.

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What we talk about when we talk about hack summaries written by editors about Kyle Schwarber articles, or: what are the larger issues in play?

I don't want to spend a long time walking through Kyle Schwarber's story with you. Rob Neyer did good work recounting it Monday. The bullet points, to establish the topic at hand:

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Brett and Sahadev discuss their shenanigans on a holiday weekend, Kris Bryant's majestic home run, the continued bullpen issues, and more.

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May 22, 2015 6:00 am

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Sahadev Sharma

Did you know that the Cubs, led by Kris Bryant, are tops in all of baseball in pitches per plate appearance? You do now.

This piece originally appeared on BP Wrigleyville, Baseball Prospectus' local site for all your Cubs needs. And be sure to visit BP Boston and BP Bronx for Red Sox and Yankees analysis as well.

When Kris Bryant exited Sunday’s game early with an illness, I tweeted this:

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Welington Castillo heads north by northwest, while the Astros acquire international bonus slots for a minor prospects.

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May 18, 2015 6:00 am

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Steven Jacobson

Shelby Miller almost made it, the Cubs keep surging, Michael Pineda's follow-up sucked, and the best defensive play of the weekend.

The Weekend Takeaway
On May 10th, the Cubs had just lost 3-2 to the lowly Brewers, and stood with a 45 percent chance at the playoffs; entering Friday’s contest against the Bucs, they were the winners of five straight and had jacked their playoff odds to 59 percent. In contrast, the Pirates came into Friday having dropped their last two to the Phillies and saw their playoff odds sink by 13 points to 24 percent since the beginning of May.


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