Pitching Progress: An Effort in Finding Incremental Gains, Vol. VI

The sixth turn through the rotation featured an unconventional order (at least with respect to the early season), but the same standard of excellence. Just when it seemed the results couldn’t improve, Cubs starters enjoyed their first perfect turn, leading the team to a perfect 5-0 record, while allowing just five earned runs over 30 2/3 […]


Pitching Progress: An Effort in Finding Incremental Gains, Vol. V

The month of April finished with Joe Maddon deviating from the standard rotation for the first time, coming as a result of inclement weather and a preference for starting Kyle Hendricks against the Nationals instead of the Pirates. Cubs’ pitchers faced unusually tough weather for the end of April, with cold temperatures and strong winds creating […]


GAME 16 RECAP: CUBS 16 Reds 0

Jake Arrieta just threw his second no-hitter in his last 11 starts. There are tons of implications and storylines here, and we’ll have them covered very soon, but for now, let’s recap what was an amazing night in Cincinnati. Top Play (WPA): In a stark contrast to the last time Brandon Finnegan started against the […]


Game 12 Recap: Rockies 2 Cubs 0

Top Play (WPA): Unfortunately for the Cubs, today’s top play transpired way back in the fourth inning, when Cubs starter Jon Lester made his only major mistake, serving up a first-pitch meatball to slugger Nolan Arenado: One of only three Nolans to ever play the game at the major-league level (Ryan, Reimold), Arenado deposited the Lester offering […]