A look at the Cubs rotation through the eyes of DRA components.
With the debut of DRA Run Values coming last Friday—and a detailed explanation coming on Wednesday—BP Wrigleyville's Rian Watt takes a look at how the Cubs rotation stacks up with regards to these components. It's a staff that helped keep the Cubs in contention in the first half as they waited for a young offense to come around and start producing on a consistent basis. Just how good do the advanced stats think the staff has been? Go to BP Wrigleyville and read Rian's piece here.
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Brett and Sahadev talk possible August moves and pitching issues.
Brett and Sahadev talk Castro's benching, the hot streak, pizza, and more.
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August 12, 2015 10:30 am
How rare is the Cubs ability to wear down pitchers for such a young team?
The calling card for Theo Epstein's Boston Red Sox teams was their ability to wear down the opposing pitcher with long, drawn-out at-bats. It was obvious to anyone that Epstein wanted to bring that type of professional at-bat to the North Side when he took over baseball operations with the Chicago Cubs. But to do so with such a young team is a little unexpected, but regardless, the Cubs, who have four rookies in their starting lineup, lead baseball with 3.98 pitches per plate appearance. At BP Wrigleyville, Matthew Trueblood takes a look at just where this group of 25-and-under talent rates among patient youth in baseball history. Read the entire article here.
Brett and Sahadev talk about some holes exposed during a recent slump and moves that could help alleviate those issues.
Brett and Sahadev talk roster management, a struggling offense, and the trade deadline.
Brett and Sahadev look back on the first half, voice both concerns and optimism for the second half, and discuss what type of moves could help.
Brett and Sahadev talk about the Cubs turning the tables on the Cards.
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.
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.
Brett and Sahadev talk Cubs offense, Kyle Schwarber, hacking, T-ball, and give some random play-by-play.