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07-28

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What You Need to Know: Sweep Takes
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Demetrius Bell

07-27

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Cold Takes: Stuck With Him
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Patrick Dubuque

07-27

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Pitching Backward: Valuing Relievers, in July and Otherwise
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Jeff Long

07-26

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Baseball Therapy: Growing Zobrists
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Russell A. Carleton

07-26

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What You Need to Know: Give 'em Hell
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Daniel Rathman

07-26

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Transaction Analysis: Aroldis Chapman Takes The 105 To Wrigley
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Christopher Crawford, Mike Gianella, Rian Watt, Adam McInturff and Nicolas Stellini

07-23

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BP Wrigleyville
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Kazuto Yamazaki

07-21

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Transaction Analysis: The Legend of Vogelbach, Now In Seattle
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Christopher Crawford, Rian Watt and Brendan Gawlowski

07-21

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What You Need to Know: Seattle's Got A Neat Trick
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Demetrius Bell

07-17

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BP Wrigleyville
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Cat Garcia

07-17

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Caught Looking: Underpaid From Debut to Retirement
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Michael Wenz

07-15

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BP Unfiltered: Hope Springs Eternal, Shouldn’t
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Rob Mains

07-09

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Raising Aces: Fastballs Are Secondary
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Doug Thorburn

07-06

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What You Need to Know: Cubs' Losing Streak Stands At: 1
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Emma Baccellieri

06-26

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Team Chemistry: Explaining the DRA-Beaters
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John Choiniere

06-25

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BP Wrigleyville
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Mike Banghart

06-24

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What You Need to Know: Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good Teams?
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Nicolas Stellini

06-19

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BP Wrigleyville
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Ken Schultz

06-13

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Prospectus Feature: Groundball Pitchers: Nothin' To Do With Them?
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Rob Mains

06-12

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BP Wrigleyville
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Cat Garcia

06-10

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Transaction Analysis: Coghlan Comes Home
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Matthew Trueblood and Bryan Grosnick

06-07

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Prospectus Feature: Do Pathetic, Embarrassing, Miserable Failures Breed Success?
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Rob Mains

06-07

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Prospectus Feature: From a Cesspool, Success
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Aaron Gleeman

06-06

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Prospectus Q&A: Jason McLeod, Cubs VP of Player Development and Amateur Scouting
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Tim Britton

06-06

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What You Need to Know: It Won't Always Be Like This
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Ashley Varela

06-05

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BP Wrigleyville
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Matthew Trueblood

06-04

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BP Wrigleyville
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Zack Moser

06-01

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What You Need to Know: The Catcher Who Threw 96 In A Blowout
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Emma Baccellieri

05-28

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BP Wrigleyville
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Leigh Coridan

05-26

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What You Need to Know: Jake Arrieta, Imperfect
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Demetrius Bell

05-24

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What You Need to Know: About That Kershaw Walk...
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Nicolas Stellini

05-24

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An Agent's Take: On Poaching, Intentionally and Not
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Joshua Kusnick

05-24

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Prospectus Feature: Joe Nathan's Got One Thing To Prove
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Aaron Gleeman

05-23

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What You Need to Know: Matt Cain's Campaign To Get His 2018 Option Picked Up Wins the Weekend
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Ashley Varela

05-21

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BP Wrigleyville
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Rian Watt

05-20

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Players Prefer Presentation: The Analytics of Jake Arrieta Bobbleheads
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Meg Rowley

05-20

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Transaction Analysis: Nathan Trying To Be Famous Again
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Bryan Grosnick

05-18

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What You Need to Know: We Can Beat Rizzo, For Just One Day
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Emma Baccellieri

05-16

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What You Need to Know: Papi Endings
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Ashley Varela

05-15

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Prospectus Feature: Failing To Find A Better Way
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Trevor Strunk

05-11

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BP Unfiltered: How Many Runs Could the Cubs Spot Their Opponents?
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Sam Miller

05-11

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Baseball Therapy: The Even Slightly More Convincing Argument Against the Shift
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Russell A. Carleton

05-10

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Fifth Column: On A Rule Limiting Intentional Walks
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Michael Baumann

05-06

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DRA 2016
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Jonathan Judge

05-05

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What You Need to Know: Cubs Ace Test, Now Face Test
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Demetrius Bell

05-03

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Baseball Therapy: The Pretty Good Case That the Shift Doesn't Work
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Russell A. Carleton

05-03

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Rubbing Mud: Stop What You're Doing And Consider The Cubs' Incredible Defense
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Matthew Trueblood

05-02

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Prospectus Feature: I Come to Praise Quality Starts, Not to Bury Them
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Rob Mains

04-28

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Prospectus Feature: Your Favorite Prospect Did Not Take Place
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Trevor Strunk

04-28

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BP Wrigleyville
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Leigh Coridan

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Notable pitching performances this week from Drew Pomeranz, Jake Arrieta and MIchael Fulmer.

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The struggling Cubs fail to build any momentum, the Angels win without Trout, and the Indians keep destroying the Tigers.

The Tuesday Takeaway
Last week, the Reds operated as a palate cleanser of sorts for the Cubs. Chicago entered the three-game series against Cincinnati having lost six of their previous seven, and they exited it with a sweep that made it look as if that streak of ugliness was over.


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The Cubs' pitchers are on a historical DRA-beating pace. Are there some factors that explain why some teams do this?

I’m certainly not the first person, and maybe not even the first person whom you’ve read today, to point out that the Cubs are having an incredible season. As of the moment this sentence is being written, their third-order winning percentage is an insane 0.750, and they sit in first place on both the batting and overall WARP leaderboard (and in fourth on the pitching one). As was pointed out by Rob Arthur and Ben Lindbergh at FiveThirtyEight last week, their pitching staff’s BABIP allowed is historically low. They also are among the best all-time in outperforming their DRA, the best pitching skills estimator currently available.

It was even more extreme a few days ago, but as of Friday evening the Cubs’ RA9-DRA was -0.95—almost a full run difference over nine innings. That’s the 12th-biggest difference in the entirety of what you might call the “DRA era,” which begins in the early 1950s. Also of note, both their DRA and RA9 are lower than any team above them on that list.

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June 25, 2016 6:00 am

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Mike Banghart

The Cubs right now have a real case for an 11-man pitching staff.

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The Cubs are suddenly losing, the Mariners are seriously losing, and Zack Greinke moves up a special leaderboard.

The Thursday Takeaway
Arnold Schwarzenegger would have you believe that “If It bleeds, we can kill it.” Perhaps this is true, perhaps it isn’t. All we know at this moment is that the Cubs have lost four games in a row for the first time since last year’s NLCS.


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June 19, 2016 6:00 am

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Ken Schultz

As the first openly gay owner in Major League Baseball, Laura Ricketts gives Cub fans reason to feel pride in every sense of the word.

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Is Bill James right about groundball pitchers?

Bill James is not a fan of groundball pitchers. This is not new news; he’s written about them in the past on his site, Bill James Online. His most recent thoughts on the subject came last month in an essay entitled Two Bits, Four Bits. He addressed four separate topics:

1. The oddity of teams’ no. 1 starter being referred to as “not a true number one starter” when one never hears, say, a cleanup hitter being referred to as “not a true cleanup hitter”

2. The value of groundball pitchers vs. flyball pitchers

3. Whether facing a knuckleball pitcher screws up opposing hitters’ timing in the following game

4. How the ascendancy of Donald Trump indicates a challenge for the Republican Party

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June 12, 2016 6:00 am

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Cat Garcia

It's mid-June, and Jason Heyward is is slugging .307. Why we're sanguine.

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Chicago can't quit Chris Coghlan, while the A's pick up a former top prospect with remaining intrigue.

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Preempting a bunch of Chicago Cubs hot takes.

As you may have heard, the Chicago Cubs started the season pretty well. As of the end of May, they were 35-15, playing exactly .700 ball. That projects to a 113-49 record over 162 games, which would be the most wins in a season since the Mariners won 116 in 2001, and the most in the National League since, well, since the Chicago Cubs won 116 in 1906.

But that wasn’t the only notable end-of-May record. The Twins and Braves were both 15-36, on pace for 48-114. The Reds, at 17-35, were on pace for 53-109. The 20-33 Padres projected to 61-101, raising the question of how Padres owner Ron Fowler would describe the Twins, Braves, or Reds. On the other hand, the 32-20 Red Sox were on pace to finish 100-62, the 33-21 Giants were on track for 99-63, the 32-21 Nationals on pace for 98-64, the 31-21 Rangers for 97-65, and the 30-21 Mariners for 95-67. So there were, at the end of May, four teams with a shot at 100 losses and six that could win 100.

As an aside, I am fully cognizant that “on pace for” is intellectually lazy and ignorant, unless it’s wielded cleverly by the likes of Jayson Stark or Cespedes Family Barbecue. (Especially the Cespedes Family Barbecue link. You should check it out. Go ahead, it won’t take long. I’ll still be here.) So no, I’m not implying that there actually will be four teams with 62 or fewer wins and six with 62 or fewer losses. I’m just setting the tone. Play along with me here.

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Did Justin Verlander announce his resurgence in a Twitter reply?

Twitter can be a rough, unforgiving place for baseball players. Their mentions stink with fans using the direct line to bombard them with criticism, name-calling, and personal attacks. Players can't reply in tone, of course, so they can ignore, or they can reply with positivity—as Jake Arrieta did, three years ago, in an exchange culminating in a now-legendary tweet.

Arrieta, then with the Orioles, received a tweet from a stranger on the internet telling him “you f***ing suck” and “go back to the minors.” It was April 21, 2013 and Arrieta had just allowed five runs in four innings against the Dodgers to raise his ERA on the season to 6.63 and his career ERA to 5.41.

He was no doubt frustrated and unhappy with how his career was going at age 27. But instead of lashing out (with cause) at a person who had lashed out at him (without cause), Arrieta killed him with kindness. Well, mostly. Arrieta replied: “Agreed. Gotta be better. If we see each other in person, you should avoid me.” That could be viewed as a threat, but it could also just be a factual statement made to a person who said “you f***ing suck.”

After a bit more back and forth Arrieta totally changed the tone of the conversation to the point that the same person who kicked things off by saying “you f***ing suck” was telling him things like “you have great stuff” and “good luck to you.” He even got the guy to admit “maybe I have anger issues.” All of which is interesting in itself, but my favorite part is Arrieta promising,

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'You go from picking top 10 four years straight to picking 104. What doesn't change is our preparation and our expectation to do well.'

Jason McLeod's first-ever draft pick as a scouting director was Dustin Pedroia, 65th overall in 2004. Since that point, in stints with the Red Sox, Padres and Cubs, McLeod has overseen the selections of talents such as Jacoby Ellsbury, Clay Buchholz, Anthony Rizzo, Joe Ross, Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber.

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