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09-19

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Baseball Therapy: Confessions of a Fake Manager: April
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Russell A. Carleton

09-13

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Baseball Therapy: Confessions of a Fake Manager: The Set Up
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Russell A. Carleton

09-12

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Rubbing Mud: Carl Edwards Jr.'s Filthy Fast Thing
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Matthew Trueblood

09-06

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Rubbing Mud: Kris Bryant's Funhouse Mirror Encore
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Matthew Trueblood

09-05

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Transaction Analysis: Buy Low, Buy Lower
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Ben Diamond

08-21

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Transaction Analysis: Grand Exit
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Matthew Trueblood, Bryan Grosnick and Scott Orgera

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Avila Trades Avila (and Wilson)
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Zack Moser, Eric Roseberry and Emmett Rosenbaum

07-14

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DFA Podcast: Ep. 16: Our First Big Move
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Bryan Grosnick, Zach Crizer and Shawn Brody

07-13

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Transaction Analysis: Chicago Blockbuster
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Bryan Grosnick, Jeffrey Paternostro, Greg Goldstein and George Bissell

07-07

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Rubbing Mud: So You're Dead Set on Fixing the Cubs
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Matthew Trueblood

07-05

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Rubbing Mud: Sprinting Schwarber
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Matthew Trueblood

07-01

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DFA Podcast: Ep. 15: R.J. Wants To Hunt Ghosts With Jon Gray
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Bryan Grosnick, R.J. Anderson and Shawn Brody

06-28

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Short Relief: Curses of Confidence, Aging, and Sosa
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Zack Moser, Matt Ellis and Jason Wojciechowski

06-14

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Circle Change: Swing Away, My Large Adult Son
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Zach Crizer

06-12

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Jon Lester, Elite Running Game Suppressor
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Rob Mains

06-01

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Let It Eat: The June 2017 Panic Index
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Ben Carsley

05-24

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Rubbing Mud: Jake Arrieta's Broken Breaking Balls
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Matthew Trueblood

05-22

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Transaction Analysis: Have Gloves, Will Travel
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Bryan Grosnick

05-16

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DFA Podcast: Ep. 6: One Up, One Down
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Bryan Grosnick, R.J. Anderson and Shawn Brody

04-04

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Rubbing Mud: The Cubs' Pitching and Its Skeptics
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Matthew Trueblood

03-27

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Extreme Makeover: National League Edition
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Rob Mains

03-23

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Guarding The Lines: When It's Different But Still Great
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Jarrett Seidler

03-15

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Short Relief: Tales of Cubs Fans, Extroverts, and 1987 Topps
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Nathan Bishop, Jason Wojciechowski and Patrick Dubuque

03-14

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Chicago Cubs
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Jared Wyllys

03-08

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Banjo Hitter: The Lost Outfielders
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Aaron Gleeman

03-03

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Transaction Analysis: Major Minors
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Jared Wyllys and Aaron Gleeman

02-24

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Banjo Hitter: PECOTA's Breakout Bets: Pitchers
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Aaron Gleeman

02-13

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Transaction Analysis: Old Second Basemen Never Die
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Bryan Grosnick and Jeffrey Paternostro

02-06

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Transaction Analysis: Bargain Bin Bullpens
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Bryan Grosnick, Eric Roseberry and Jared Wyllys

02-03

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Players Prefer Presentation: Here We Are Again
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Meg Rowley

02-02

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Rubbing Mud: Command, Framing, and Teamwork
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Matthew Trueblood

01-28

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Transaction Analysis: Windy City Depth
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Jared Wyllys

01-26

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Prospectus Feature: Unlocking Kyle Hendricks
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Jeff Long, Jonathan Judge and Harry Pavlidis

01-06

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Two-Strike Approach: Soler Power
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Cat Garcia

01-06

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Rubbing Mud: The Final Sunshine Season for Wrigley Field's Bullpens
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Matthew Trueblood

12-10

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Transaction Analysis: Daddy Long Legs Hops From Chicago to St. Louis
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Matthew Trueblood

12-09

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Transaction Analysis: Chicago's New 1-2 Punch
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Jared Wyllys

11-24

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Transaction Analysis: Lefty, Lefty, Lefty
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Matthew Trueblood

11-14

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Prospectus Feature: The Cy Young and the Unfair Advantage of Defense
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Jonathan Judge

11-14

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Rubbing Mud: Steve Goodman and the History of 'Go Cubs Go'
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Matthew Trueblood

11-04

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Release Points: How Francona Outmaneuvered Maddon and the Cubs ... Almost
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Dan Rozenson

11-03

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Playoff Prospectus: Assessing the Managers' Moves in Game 7
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Matthew Trueblood

11-03

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Playoff Prospectus: The Highlight Reel: World Series Game 7
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Ashley Varela

11-03

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Playoff Prospectus: After 108 Years, Cubs Win the Marathon and the Sprint
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Aaron Gleeman

11-02

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 7 Preview
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Bryan Grosnick

11-02

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Playoff Prospectus: Who Wore It Best?
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Trevor Strunk

11-02

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Playoff Prospectus: Assessing the Managers' Moves in Game 6
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Jarrett Seidler

11-02

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Playoff Prospectus: The Highlight Reel: World Series Game 6
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Mauricio Rubio

11-01

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 6 Preview
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Aaron Gleeman

10-31

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Playoff Prospectus: The Highlight Reel: World Series Game 5
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Demetrius Bell

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September 19, 2017 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: Confessions of a Fake Manager: April

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Russell A. Carleton

Follow along as SaberManager™ leads the 2005 Chicago Cubs through the first month of their season.

Previously in this series:
Confessions of a Fake Manager: The Set Up


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What would Freud say about the 2005 Chicago Cubs?

I hate Freud. I’m probably saying that because I love Freud so much. My column here at BP is called Baseball Therapy because I am, by training, a clinical psychologist. I didn’t train in the Freudian model of therapy (and I don’t see patients any more), but Freud is hard to escape in the world of psychology. Freud is hard to escape even outside the world of psychology.

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He calls it a fastball, it acts more like a cutter, and very few hitters can do anything with it regardless of the name.

Few pitchers in baseball have a fastball as compelling—or as complicated—as that of Cubs reliever Carl Edwards Jr. For one thing, his four-seam fastball has the highest average spin rate of any in MLB, by a mile.

Average Four-Seam Fastball Spin, 2017 (Min. 500 Thrown)

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September 6, 2017 6:00 am

Rubbing Mud: Kris Bryant's Funhouse Mirror Encore

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Matthew Trueblood

On the surface Kris Bryant's season looks a lot like his MVP-winning 2016, but there are some subtle differences.

Kris Bryant is having a very good season but the superlatives and decorations that piled up at his feet the last two seasons aren't coming. Of late, there's been a minor movement on Twitter to change this (or maybe just to remark on the fickle nature of our attention and affection as sports fans) by drawing comparisons between his 2017 stats (usually the raw, unadjusted offensive numbers) and the ones he put up on the way to the National League MVP award last year.

To this, of course, there's been a bunch of pushback, from people noting the change in the offensive environment over the last two years, as well as some noting lower defensive ratings (depending on the source) for Bryant and the lower place he's taken on Wins Above Replacement Player leaderboards.

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September 5, 2017 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Buy Low, Buy Lower

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Ben Diamond

Texas adds Miguel Gonzalez to the rotation and Chicago adds Leonys Martin to an already deep outfield.

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Curtis Granderson joins the Dodgers' winning machine and the Cubs pick up a new backup catcher in Rene Rivera.

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Tigers general manager Al Avila sends Justin Wilson and his son, Alex Avila, to the suddenly red hot Cubs.

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On the 16th episode of the DFA Podcast, Bryan, Zach Crizer, and Shawn Brody discuss the first blockbuster move of the podcast's history: the Jose Quintana trade! The guys share their diverse opinions on whether or not the Cubs or the Sox won the deal, and how soon the White Sox could compete.

It's Baseball Prospectus's newest podcast: DFA! Host Bryan Grosnick (Baseball Prospectus), co-host R.J. Anderson (CBS Sports), and producer Shawn Brody (Beyond the Box Score, BP Mets) are talking about all the transactions and roster moves that make MLB go. From trades and signings to callups and disabled list stints, DFA is here to provide analysis and commentary on all things baseball.

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Jose Quintana goes from the South Side to Wrigleyville, as the Cubs pay a premium for a frontline starter under contract through 2020.

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July 7, 2017 6:00 am

Rubbing Mud: So You're Dead Set on Fixing the Cubs

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Matthew Trueblood

Joe Maddon and the Cubs could take some intriguing strategic paths in the second half.

It's almost the All-Star break, and the Cubs are still broken.

It's the most obnoxious story of the baseball season to date. Everyone has a take. They're suffering from a World Series hangover. Their clubhouse culture is poisonous. They miss Dexter Fowler, they miss David Ross. Their pitchers have just piled up too many innings over the last two years. They can't handle the expectations. Joe Maddon never should have batted Kyle Schwarber leadoff. The front office never should have saddled Maddon with Schwarber as a primary left fielder.

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July 5, 2017 6:00 am

Rubbing Mud: Sprinting Schwarber

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Matthew Trueblood

Is there still hope for Kyle Schwarber in left field or are his wheels simply too lacking?

Coming into this season, Kyle Schwarber was a polarizing player. Some saw him as a potential MVP—an elite left-handed slugger with plenty of pure hit tool and the ability to make up for any defensive deficiencies with all of that offensive value. Others saw a missed opportunity, and said the Cubs should have traded Schwarber while his value was highest—either after his sensational rookie showing, or while he nursed his devastating knee injury over the summer of 2016, or last winter, in the afterglow of his heroic showing in a World Series for which he was supposed to be sidelined.

The thinking in the latter group was that Schwarber would never cut it as a left fielder, or indeed, as anything but a designated hitter, and that the Cubs were trying to make a very shiny square peg fit into a round hole, and squandering much of Schwarber’s value in so doing I think it would be unfair to say, flatly and without additional detail, that the doubters were right. They weren’t entirely right, and (obviously) the Schwarber believers weren’t entirely wrong.

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On the 15th episode of the DFA Podcast, R.J. and Bryan spend some time talking about Miguel Montero's ouster from the defending champs, and what the Cubs should do to fill their backup catcher void. Then it's on to young player injuries (Trea Turner, Dustin Fowler) and R.J.'s quest to hunt the paranormal with Rockies hurler Jon Gray.

It's Baseball Prospectus's newest podcast: DFA! Host Bryan Grosnick (Baseball Prospectus), co-host R.J. Anderson (CBS Sports), and producer Shawn Brody (Beyond the Box Score, BP Mets) are talking about all the transactions and roster moves that make MLB go. From trades and signings to callups and disabled list stints, DFA is here to provide analysis and commentary on all things baseball.

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