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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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10

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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15

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

10-31

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Playoff Prospectus: Assessing the Managers' Moves in Game 5
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Matthew Trueblood

10-31

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Playoff Prospectus: Spider-Man Heyward
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Meg Rowley

10-30

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 5 Preview
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Aaron Gleeman

10-30

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Playoff Prospectus: The Highlight Reel: World Series Game 4
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Ashley Varela

10-30

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Playoff Prospectus: Of Errors, Common and Uncommon
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Rian Watt

10-30

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Playoff Prospectus: Wrigley Goes Silent as Indians See the Finish Line
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Aaron Gleeman

10-29

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 4 Preview
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Scooter Hotz

10-29

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Playoff Prospectus: Assessing the Managers' Moves in Game 3
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Rian Watt

10-29

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Playoff Prospectus: Who Says You Can't Go Home?
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Jarrett Seidler

10-29

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Playoff Prospectus: The Highlight Reel: World Series Game 3
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Mauricio Rubio

10-28

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 3 Preview
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Aaron Gleeman

10-27

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Playoff Prospectus: Cleveland Clunker
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Meg Rowley

10-26

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Playoff Prospectus: The Kluber Clinic
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Trevor Strunk

10-26

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Playoff Prospectus: The Highlight Reel: World Series Game 1
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Ashley Varela

10-26

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 2 Preview
by
Mike Gianella

10-26

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Playoff Prospectus: Assessing the Managers' Moves in Game 1
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Matthew Trueblood

10-25

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 1 Preview
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Bryan Grosnick

10-25

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Playoff Prospectus: World Series Preview: Cubs vs. Indians
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Aaron Gleeman

10-25

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Rubbing Mud: What We Really Know About Lester's Yips
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Matthew Trueblood

10-23

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Playoff Prospectus: How to Reach the World Series in Five Years
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Jarrett Seidler

10-22

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and NLCS Game 6 Preview
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Aaron Gleeman

10-21

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Playoff Prospectus: Lessons Learned and Bullpens Burned
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Trevor Strunk

10-20

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Playoff Prospectus: Slump? What Slump?
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Mauricio Rubio

10-19

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and LCS Game Previews
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Aaron Gleeman

10-19

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Playoff Prospectus: Arrieta's Slider, Cubs' Bats Go Missing
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Matthew Trueblood

10-18

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Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and LCS Game Previews
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Bryan Grosnick

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Will Cy Young voters again be fooled by the Cubs' defense?

We’ve reached awards season, with the Cy Young—designated for the best pitcher in each league—due to be awarded this coming week.

In the National League, the named finalists are two Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, Jon Lester) and one National (Max Scherzer). Here is how they compare on various measures of pitcher quality:

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Hey Steve, they're playing your song.

There were four real breakout stars of this year's postseason, and when the Cubs capped that postseason with their first World Series title in 108 years, there were four departed dignitaries of Cubdom who ought to have been at the front of every fan’s mind. Three of the breakout stars are Javier Baez, Andrew Miller, and Alex Rodriguez (as a broadcaster). Three of the Cubs’ deceased heroes are Ernie Banks, Harry Caray, and Ron Santo. The final name on both lists is the same person, even though it's a name you might hardly recognize: Steve Goodman.

The song stuck in America’s heads for the last fortnight or so, the one baseball writers mostly loathe for its insipid catchiness, the one Cubs fans sang at the top of their voices after every win during October and November (even on the road), the one that sometimes served as a relentless auditory bed for the commentary on the postgame shows, the one sung by the cast of Hamilton on stage in Chicago and featured on Saturday Night Live, the one that reached the Billboard pop charts this week, belongs to Goodman.

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Field Marshal Terry Francona vs. Generalissimo Joe Maddon.

Imagine you are Field Marshal Terry Francona, lined up for battle with your 50 divisions behind you. You and your troops have fought well, having just defeated skilled armies from Boston and Toronto. But your nemesis now is Generalissimo Joe Maddon, who has 70 divisions to throw at you. Picture these two armies fighting over seven separate battlefields—first to seize four fields wins. What’s an underdog to do?

Suppose Maddon puts 10 divisions into position for each battle. Francona could mirror his opponent and evenly spread his forces, but he would be outnumbered all along his front. Or, he could do what outnumbered commanders have done for a long time: concentrate his forces selectively.

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Ten innings of high-stakes lever-pulling from Joe Maddon and Terry Francoa.

There’s real freedom in a Game 7. A manager has just one imperative: win this game. Even in a Game 6, a skipper will draw criticism (and perhaps do genuine damage) if he makes a poor decision with regard to some future contest. Just ask Joe Maddon. He entered Wednesday night’s winner-take-all contest with the strange usage of Aroldis Chapman in Game 6 hanging around his neck, and the daunting task of getting 27 outs with a bullpen he largely didn’t trust. Since it was Game 7, though, he had a path to that destination.

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One of the best, wildest games in World Series history.

One hundred and eight years after the Cubs last held the title of World Champions, 212 days after the first pitch of the 2016 season, and 26 days after the Cubs took the postseason by storm, Game 7 of the World Series unfolded exactly as predicted: with a rain-delayed, three-homer, 10-inning, heart-pounding win.

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Lovable losers no more.

Baseball’s regular season is often described as a marathon. Six months of nearly uninterrupted, daily competition during which a single win or loss--or even a few of them consecutively--barely registers as noteworthy within the context of a 162-game schedule. It’s part of the sport’s charm, as games feel more like daily rituals than special events. And then the postseason arrives and that entire perspective shifts. Each game suddenly takes on huge importance and each win or loss is analyzed within an inch of its life. That, too, is part of the sport’s charm--to spend so long leisurely cruising down a road only to realize it was a runway and you’re airborne.

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Kyle Hendricks vs. Corey Kluber, in Cleveland.

Everything ends. Tonight, not only does the 2016 baseball season come to its long-awaited conclusion, but one team will end a championship drought spanning a period of time best served by using the term “century.” For Cleveland, that is “almost a century”–68 years. For Chicago, that is “over a century”--a reign of error that has cemented itself in the annals of baseball history unlike any other.

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Addison Russell's grand slam broke it open, but several smaller moments led to the Indians' undoing in Game 6.

In any baseball game that ends with a score of 9-3, especially any World Series game that ends with a score of 9-3, the central question any casual spectator is inevitably going to have is “so when did it turn from a close call into a laugher?” This question, more than any other, defines the blowout win or loss, since it gives an idea of how truly one-sided the game was. Did the winning team jump out to a 9-0 lead in the first and never look back? Or was this a 1-1 game until the eighth inning when some bullpen mismanagement turned a leftover smoldering campfire into Chernobyl?

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November 2, 2016 6:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: Assessing the Managers' Moves in Game 6

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Jarrett Seidler

Did the Cubs and Joe Maddon win the battle, but set themselves up to lose the war?

Cubs manager Joe Maddon only made one truly impactful move in the larger story of the series in Game 6. With a 7-2 lead and two on with two outs in the seventh inning—a fairly low-leverage spot, likely to produce even lower leverage eighth and ninth innings—Aroldis Chapman entered the game. Maddon likely could’ve made it all the way through using his medium-leverage pitchers like Carl Edwards Jr., Pedro Strop, Travis Wood, and Hector Rondon, and of course saving Chapman at that exact moment hardly precluded asking him to pitch later if a higher-leverage situation arose.

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Kris Bryant has No Problem with the curve

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Jake Arrieta vs. Josh Tomlin, in Cleveland.

November baseball!

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Flame-throwers, tip drills, and some life at Wrigley Field.

John Smoltz knows a thing or two about big moments in October baseball, to say the least. The Hall of Famer-turned-commentator set the table for the viewing audience in the bottom of the fourth inning last night by basically saying that the Cubs had to score in that frame or they’d be in serious trouble.

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