Game 80 Recap: Cubs 10, Twins 6

What You Need to Know: Conditions were favorable for the long ball today at Wrigley Field, with the heat index over 100 degrees and the wind blowing out hard all game. The Cubs obliged, launching four home runs en route to a 10-6 win over Minnesota. Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist and Kyle Schwarber all went […]


Game 64 Recap: Brewers 4, Cubs 0

What you need to know: The Cubs offense never got anything going against Chase Anderson, scratching out only one infield hit in seven innings against the Brewers starter. Tyler Chatwood spent more time around the strike zone that he has recently, but Travis Shaw drilled two doubles in his first two at-bats, plating four early runs […]


Breaking Down the 2018 Bullpen

The lasting images of the 2017 Cubs bullpen are not favorable ones. In the NLCS alone, we saw Carl Edwards, Jr. walking Yu Darvish on four pitches with the bases loaded, Hector Rondon getting passed over in the ninth inning of Game 2 in favor of John Lackey (a career starter who had never pitched […]


The Back Half of Jon Lester’s Contract: What We Can Expect

When the Cubs signed Jon Lester in December 2014, it signaled a turning of the corner for the franchise. Even though it is widely accepted that free agent pitchers older than 30 are the riskiest and the least efficient way to spend money in baseball, the Cubs were ready to compete with their emerging positional […]


Quantifying the Cubs’ Quest to Control the Strike Zone

The ultimate match-up in baseball is the confrontation between the pitcher and the batter. And more than anywhere else, that battle is waged in and around the corners of the strike zone. Mindful of this, Cubs President Theo Epstein has preached that his team must “control the strike zone” in order to be successful ever […]