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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

04-25

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Life at the Margins: The Best Pitcher Right Now
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Rian Watt

04-22

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What You Need to Know: Arrieta's Masterpiece, Kershaw's Accident
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Nicolas Stellini

04-22

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Fifth Column: Chasing 19 (or 20, or 21) Strikeouts
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Michael Baumann

04-22

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BP Wrigleyville
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Rian Watt

04-20

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BP Wrigleyville
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Cat Garcia

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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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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: Jake Arrieta exited Wrigley Field Sunday afternoon without a win for the first time since July 2015.


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Thinking probabilistically about upgrades.

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June 4, 2016 6:00 am

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Zack Moser

They sent a poet.

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Bethancourt livens up a lousy day, the Cubs lose behind Arrieta, and Mookie gets... three homers.

The Tuesday Takeaway
James Shields 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 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 Kyle Seager introduced the first piece of power to the game with a three-run homer, and things only went downhill from there.


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May 28, 2016 8:00 am

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Leigh Coridan

Remember how unlikely Ben Zobrist's career as a superstar was? The Cubs' second baseman talks about what brought him here.

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