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0 Transaction Analysis: Aroldis Chapman Takes The 105 To Wrigley by Christopher Crawford, Mike Gianella, Rian Watt, Adam McInturff and Nicolas Stellini
0 BP Wrigleyville by Kazuto Yamazaki
4 Transaction Analysis: The Legend of Vogelbach, Now In Seattle by Christopher Crawford, Rian Watt and Brendan Gawlowski
1 What You Need to Know: Seattle's Got A Neat Trick by Demetrius Bell
0 BP Wrigleyville by Cat Garcia
0 Caught Looking: Underpaid From Debut to Retirement by Michael Wenz
0 BP Unfiltered: Hope Springs Eternal, Shouldn’t by Rob Mains
1 Raising Aces: Fastballs Are Secondary by Doug Thorburn
0 What You Need to Know: Cubs' Losing Streak Stands At: 1 by Emma Baccellieri
0 Team Chemistry: Explaining the DRA-Beaters by John Choiniere
0 BP Wrigleyville by Mike Banghart
0 What You Need to Know: Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good Teams? by Nicolas Stellini
0 BP Wrigleyville by Ken Schultz
14 Prospectus Feature: Groundball Pitchers: Nothin' To Do With Them? by Rob Mains
0 BP Wrigleyville by Cat Garcia
4 Transaction Analysis: Coghlan Comes Home by Matthew Trueblood and Bryan Grosnick
2 Prospectus Feature: Do Pathetic, Embarrassing, Miserable Failures Breed Success? by Rob Mains
3 Prospectus Feature: From a Cesspool, Success by Aaron Gleeman
1 Prospectus Q&A: Jason McLeod, Cubs VP of Player Development and Amateur Scouting by Tim Britton
0 What You Need to Know: It Won't Always Be Like This by Ashley Varela
0 BP Wrigleyville by Matthew Trueblood
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1 What You Need to Know: The Catcher Who Threw 96 In A Blowout by Emma Baccellieri
0 BP Wrigleyville by Leigh Coridan
1 What You Need to Know: Jake Arrieta, Imperfect by Demetrius Bell
0 What You Need to Know: About That Kershaw Walk... by Nicolas Stellini
4 An Agent's Take: On Poaching, Intentionally and Not by Joshua Kusnick
2 Prospectus Feature: Joe Nathan's Got One Thing To Prove by Aaron Gleeman
2 What You Need to Know: Matt Cain's Campaign To Get His 2018 Option Picked Up Wins the Weekend by Ashley Varela
0 BP Wrigleyville by Rian Watt
4 Players Prefer Presentation: The Analytics of Jake Arrieta Bobbleheads by Meg Rowley
1 Transaction Analysis: Nathan Trying To Be Famous Again by Bryan Grosnick
2 What You Need to Know: We Can Beat Rizzo, For Just One Day by Emma Baccellieri
1 What You Need to Know: Papi Endings by Ashley Varela
2 Prospectus Feature: Failing To Find A Better Way by Trevor Strunk
1 BP Unfiltered: How Many Runs Could the Cubs Spot Their Opponents? by Sam Miller
8 Baseball Therapy: The Even Slightly More Convincing Argument Against the Shift by Russell A. Carleton
13 Fifth Column: On A Rule Limiting Intentional Walks by Michael Baumann
5 DRA 2016 by Jonathan Judge
6 What You Need to Know: Cubs Ace Test, Now Face Test by Demetrius Bell
10 Baseball Therapy: The Pretty Good Case That the Shift Doesn't Work by Russell A. Carleton
0 Rubbing Mud: Stop What You're Doing And Consider The Cubs' Incredible Defense by Matthew Trueblood
7 Prospectus Feature: I Come to Praise Quality Starts, Not to Bury Them by Rob Mains
8 Prospectus Feature: Your Favorite Prospect Did Not Take Place by Trevor Strunk
0 BP Wrigleyville by Leigh Coridan
2 Life at the Margins: The Best Pitcher Right Now by Rian Watt
1 What You Need to Know: Arrieta's Masterpiece, Kershaw's Accident by Nicolas Stellini
4 Fifth Column: Chasing 19 (or 20, or 21) Strikeouts by Michael Baumann
0 BP Wrigleyville by Rian Watt
0 BP Wrigleyville by Cat Garcia
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. 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 . He addressed four separate topics: Two Bits, Four Bits
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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It's mid-June, and Jason Heyward is is slugging .307. Why we're sanguine.
Chicago can't quit Chris Coghlan, while the A's pick up a former top prospect with remaining intrigue. Preempting a bunch of Chicago Cubs hot takes.
As you may have heard, the
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. Chicago Cubs
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.
Read the full article... 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
did, three years ago, in an exchange culminating in a now-legendary tweet. Jake Arrieta
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 on the season to 6.63 and his career ERA to 5.41. ERA
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, Read the full article... '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
, 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 Dustin Pedroia , Jacoby Ellsbury , Clay Buchholz , Anthony Rizzo , Joe Ross and Kris Bryant . Kyle Schwarber Read the full article... The Diamondbacks hand Jake Arrieta his first recorded loss, Jose Fernandez pitches his way into the history books, and Clayton Kershaw’s worst outing is still pretty good.
The Weekend Takeaway
We all knew it was coming sooner or later: exited Wrigley Field Sunday afternoon without a win for the first time since July 2015. Jake Arrieta
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Thinking probabilistically about upgrades. Bethancourt livens up a lousy day, the Cubs lose behind Arrieta, and Mookie gets... three homers.
The Tuesday Takeaway
added another chapter to a sadly long story of soul-crushing outings Tuesday—his fifth career game with 10 or more runs allowed, tying him for the most of any pitcher since 1940, as BP author James Shields Aaron Gleeman pointed out on Twitter. The first and second innings began by following the same pattern, with Shields getting two quick outs to start each one before falling apart as he let walks and singles pile up. At the end of the second, though, the pattern broke, as introduced the first piece of power to the game with a three-run homer, and things only went downhill from there. Kyle Seager
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Remember how unlikely Ben Zobrist's career as a superstar was? The Cubs' second baseman talks about what brought him here.