Does Lineup Balance Matter?

Recently, BP-Wrigleyville colleague Scott Lindholm took a look at the important distinction between individual and team WARP. It’s an important piece, especially as the trade deadline approaches. The Cubs enter this trade season as buyers for the first time in several years, and it is interesting to consider whether the focus should be on replacing […]


Using Three to Make Two

Photo courtesy of David Banks-USA TODAY Sports As the Cubs’ rotation stands right now, they’ve got three (sorry Edwin Jackson) back-end starters on the roster in Kyle Hendricks, Travis Wood, and Tsuyoshi Wada. With conventional usage, Hendricks and Wada are traditional starting pitchers who will be expected to toss at least six innings before turning […]