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04-04

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Rubbing Mud: The Cubs' Pitching and Its Skeptics
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Matthew Trueblood

03-27

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Extreme Makeover: National League Edition
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Rob Mains

03-23

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Guarding The Lines: When It's Different But Still Great
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Jarrett Seidler

03-15

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Short Relief: Tales of Cubs Fans, Extroverts, and 1987 Topps
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Nathan Bishop, Jason Wojciechowski and Patrick Dubuque

03-14

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Chicago Cubs
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Jared Wyllys

03-08

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Banjo Hitter: The Lost Outfielders
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Aaron Gleeman

03-03

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Transaction Analysis: Major Minors
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Jared Wyllys and Aaron Gleeman

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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Prospectus Feature: The Cy Young and the Unfair Advantage of Defense
by
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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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
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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

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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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October 31, 2016 7:10 am

Playoff Prospectus: Assessing the Managers' Moves in Game 5

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Matthew Trueblood

Neither manager came through Game 5 with flying colors, but Joe Maddon out-maneuvered Terry Francona.

There's a temptation, whenever a team is facing the prospect of its season ending in bitter playoff defeat, to expect decisive action and bold strokes. Some glass must be broken; this is an emergency.

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For one night at least Jason Heyward put memories of a bad 2016 behind him, helping the Cubs keep their season alive.

I can’t imagine becoming suddenly, publicly bad at something. Not that I can’t imagine being suddenly bad at something; I just can’t imagine that newfound badness mattering much to anyone. Our failures have consequences, but rarely do we have to answer for them in the village square. Sustained failure is the stuff that gets us fired, or dings our credit rating. It becomes a fact of our biographies that we aren’t proud of and may elect to fib over at Thanksgiving, but after the uncomfortable shifting in our chairs is over, people forget. You care that you lost your job, but your paperboy doesn’t.

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October 30, 2016 10:01 am

Playoff Prospectus: PECOTA Odds and World Series Game 5 Preview

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Aaron Gleeman

Trevor Bauer vs. Jon Lester, in Chicago.

One night after Corey Kluber and the Indians put them on the brink of elimination, the Cubs turn to their own playoff-tested ace, Jon Lester, to keep their season alive and give the Wrigley Field faithful something to cheer about.

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"We light up the old dudheen and sigh with joy as the conflict opens."

If you’ve read this site for any length of time, you know that cherry-picked statistics often do more harm than good when it comes to player evaluation. When used to appreciate the Cubs’ long and tortuous path to their next World Series title, however, they tell a different story altogether.

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October 30, 2016 3:25 am

Playoff Prospectus: Of Errors, Common and Uncommon

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Rian Watt

Cleveland earned the Game 4 win, but Chicago's uncharacteristic miscues defensively helped too.

Errors are not the best way to measure a fielder’s quality. You know that. I know you know that. But still, here’s a fact for you: Kris Bryant committed just 14 errors all season, and only 12 at third base. Among players with as many innings at the position, that was the fourth-lowest total in the National League. He wasn’t spectacular, but he wasn’t bad, either—and he certainly defied expectations that he’d be unable to maneuver his 6-foot-5 frame into passable defense at the hot corner.

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